The Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmers’ Market takes place at North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay on Saturdays between May and October.
The market is one of three similar markets run by the Artisan Farmers’ Market Society which is a non-profit organization. The other two are the Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market (which takes place on Saturdays) and the Ambleside Artisan Farmers’ Market (which happens on Sundays in West Vancouver). All three are fabulous markets. They are great places to find unique and wonderful, locally made and grown products.
Click Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmers’ Market for the market’s official website.
Saturday Farmers’ Markets at Lonsdale Quay
The Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmers’ Market a nice market and at an exceptional venue. It’s right outside the Lonsdale Quay Public Market which is also a wonderful place to shop and find interesting things.
Individual vendors’ hours vary, but the Lonsdale Quay Public Market building is open daily from around 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. The farmers’ market, meanwhile, is only on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. If you want to shop at both places, you have to go on a Saturday between May and October.
Participating merchants at the farmers’ market sell a mix of fresh produce and handmade products. It’s an “artisan farmers” market with a focus on food. In addition to farmers, there are usually a couple of artisan vendors selling art, clothing or other artisan products. Most of the artisans, however, sell things like baked goods, jams, sauces, coffee or distilled beverages.
Where and When?
Located in North Vancouver not far from the waterfront in Lower Lonsdale, the Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmers’ Market takes place outside the Lonsdale Quay Public Market from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm on Saturdays.
The farmers’ market usually opens on the first Saturday in May and closes on the last Saturday in October. It 2023 it runs from May 6th until October 28th.
The Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmers’ Market sets up in the middle of the street on Carries Cate Court in front of the Lonsdale Quay Public Market building. Sometimes, during the peak of the summer, when things get busier, there are a few vendors along the walkway at the side of the public market too.
The farmers’ market has an ideal location. It’s just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus terminal which is only a 15-minute ferry ride from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver. On the North Shore, the market is also just a 5-minute walk from the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue and the Shipyards District.
What to Expect at the Farmers Market
Between about one and two dozen vendors participate in the Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmers’ Market. At the very beginning of the season there are fewer vendor stalls. Very soon, however, as the season progresses, there are more and more.
The farmers’ market on Saturdays nicely complements the Lonsdale Quay Public Market which is a large year-round indoor market with its own selection of food and gift shop vendors.
The Lonsdale Quay Public Market is similar to the Granville Island Public Market in the City of Vancouver. The North Shore attraction is an indoor market with a fish shop, candy store, flower shop, and food court with one-of-a-kind vendors. It also has a butcher shop, coffee shops, gourmet delis, and multiple stores selling gifts, ethnic foods and souvenirs. The North Vancouver venue also has a wine store and boutique clothing stores.
At the farmers’ market on Saturdays you can find a variety of locally grown and handmade products for sale. There is always fresh farm produce. There are also usually baked goods, honey, jewelry, art and various other things depending on which week you visit.
Along with the vendors at the farmers’ market, there is also sometimes a musician performing to give the market a happy and festive vibe.
Visit the artisanmarkets.ca website for full details about the Ambleside, Burnaby and Lonsdale Quay artisan farmers’ markets.
Tips for Navigating the Area
Below are some tips on how to make the most out of your visit to the Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmers’ Market.
TIP #1: It’s very easy to access Lonsdale Quay by Public Transit. If you’re coming from downtown Vancouver, the SeaBus is a quick and efficient way to get across the inlet. In North Vancouver there are also a variety of buses that go straight to the Quay depending on where you’re coming from.
TIP #2: If you find you need to drive to the market, you can park in the Lonsdale Quay parkade while shopping. There is also street parking along Esplanade, Lonsdale Avenue and 1st Street.
TIP #3: Either before or after shopping at the farmers’ market, explore the rest of the Shipyards District and Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood. It’s a terrific area with lots to see and do, especially in the warmer half of the year.
For more information about the market, click Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmers Market.
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