The Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmers Market takes place at North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay on Saturdays between 10 am and 3 pm from May until October.
It’s a tiny market, with only a dozen or so vendors, but it’s a nice one and at an exceptional venue. Participating merchants sell a mix of fresh produce, clothing and handmade artisan products.
Saturday Farmers Markets at Lonsdale Quay
Smaller than most weekend markets in the Lower Mainland, the one at Lonsdale Quay nicely compliments 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. It’s 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.
Individual vendor’s hours vary, but the Lonsdale Quay Public Market building is open daily from around 9 o’clock in the morning until 7 o’clock at night.
Lonsdale Quay vs. Granville Island
What’s the difference between Metro Vancouver’s two world-famous indoor year-round public markets? The one at Granville Island is a bit more famous, and perhaps a bit more rustic. It also has more than one fruit and vegetable stand.
Built in 1979, the Granville Island Public Market is also slightly older and has about 70 or so permanent stores. In addition to the public market, there are also lots of other unique shops at Granville Island. (To learn more, see our article about Shopping Opportunities at Granville Island.)
With over 80 vendors and running since 1986 (which was the year of the Expo 86 World’s Fair), Lonsdale Quay has two storeys of shops. It’s both a classy and eclectic place.
The Lonsdale Quay Public Market only has one fresh produce vendor, compared to Granville Island’s two or three, so the farmers market fruits and vegetables vendors on Saturdays from May until October are a nice addition.
Lonsdale Quay is also more accessible by public transit. Both the North Vancouver and Granville Island venues are served by public bus service and have lots of nearby parking. The former, however, is right next to the SeaBus terminal, which connects with downtown Vancouver’s Waterfront Station via 15-minute ferry rides. This makes it extra convenient and fun to get to.
Lonsdale Quay is a great place to visit, shop and explore any time of the year, and even more so on days when the Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmers Market is also happening. Granville Island is also exceptional.
Where and When?
Located in North Vancouver by the waterfront in Lower Lonsdale, the Lonsdale Quay Farmers Market happens outside the Lonsdale Quay Public Market from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturdays.
The market usually opens on the first Saturday in May and closes on the last Saturday in October. In 2020, however, it opened a week later than normal (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The market started on May 9th and finished on October 31st.
Vendors at the Market
At the market you can find a variety of locally grown and handmade products for sale. Common items that you can usually find include fresh farm produce, baked goods, honey, jewelry, pottery and various other things depending on which week you visit.
Along with the vendors at the market, there is almost always a live musician or band performing to give the market a happy and festive vibe.
Tips and Tricks 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 the ICBC parking lot next to the Quay has free parking on weekends. You can also park in the Lonsdale Quay parkade for free for up to one hour while shopping. There is also street parking along Esplanade, Lonsdale Avenue and 1st Street.
TIP #3: Once you finish exploring the farmers market, head inside the Quay and check out the vendors there too. There are many food stalls and other shops where you can buy sunglasses, jewelry, plants, clothes and other fun things.
TIP #4: On Saturday evenings in July and August there is often live music at the Shipyards which is just a 5-minute walk away. Click Shipyards Summer Sessions Concerts for details.
For more information on the market click Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmers Market.
To see other events and places similar to this one check out the following:
- Lonsdale Quay
- North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale District
- Shipyard Night Market
- Shipyards in North Vancouver
- Farmers Markets in Metro Vancouver