The Whistler Farmers Market is a large farmers and artisan market. It usually takes place in Whistler‘s Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.
The first day of the season in 2023 is May 21st (so on the May Long Weekend). The last day of the season this year is October 8th.
Whistler Village Market
Whistler is considered one of North America’s top ski resorts and a perennial favourite place to visit for outdoors enthusiasts. If you’re visiting the town to ski or do any recreational activities such as mountain biking in the summer months, drop by the Whistler Farmers Market to buy a snack to fuel up before your activity or buy a snack after to re-energize.
With as many as 90 vendors on busy weekends in the summer, the Whistler Farmers Market is one of the largest markets of its kind within a couple of hours’ drive from Vancouver. (Note: In 2021, because of COVID-19, only 40 to 50 or so vendors planned to participate each week. In 2023 there will likely be many more.)
At the market, there are a small number of vendors selling organic vegetables and other farm-fresh produce. There are also numerous artisans selling everything from pottery to clothing, gourmet chocolate and other treats.
When and Where in 2023
The market had a new venue a couple of years ago, in the parking lot outside the Whistler Racket Club. In 2022 it returned to its former venue, on the Upper Village Stroll at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, and it’s back there again this year.
The 2023 market runs between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Sundays from May 21st until October 8th. In addition to taking place every Sunday between these two dates, a number of extra markets also happen on long weekends. In 2023, these extra events include the following:
- July 1st – on the Saturday of the Canada Day Long Weekend
- August 5th – on the Saturday of the BC Day Long Weekend
- September 2nd – on the Saturday of the Labour Day Long Weekend
- October 7th – on the Saturday of the Thanksgiving Long Weekend
About the Market
Each week about 60 or so vendors were on-site in 2022. This was more than the previous year, but still fewer than in pre-pandemic times when 100 or so vendors participated in total over the course of the season. 2023 numbers and other details are to be confirmed.
Merchants each week include those selling farm products and others selling both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There are also vendors serving hot foods, sweets and other treats, as well as specialty food products. There are a couple of pet-related vendors most weeks, as well as a dozen or so artisans selling everything from jewellery to knitted goods to handmade soaps.
What Happened in the Past?
In 2020 the Whistler Farmers Market took place on Sundays from July 5th onwards. The market had a smaller number of vendors than in regular years due to COVID-19 (which was the same again in 2021).
In 2020, because of COVID-19, the market happened in the parking lot outside the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. The centre’s address is 4584 Blackcomb Way (so just a couple of blocks from where the market was in previous years). In 2021 the market was held in the parking lot outside the Whistler Racket Club.
During more normal years, a second market takes place on Wednesdays from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm. In addition to the regular Wednesday and Sunday events most years, the Whistler Farmers Market also happens on the Saturdays of select holiday weekends from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Also in normal years, additional Saturday and other holiday markets usually take place on Canada Day, the BC Day Long Weekend, Labour Day Weekend and Thanksgiving Weekend.
For further details about the resort town’s summer markets, see the Whistler Farmers Market website.
To learn more about the resort town and its events throughout the year, click Whistler Village.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort
- Lower Mainland Ski Hills
- Sea to Sky Region
- Lower Mainland Farmers Markets
To learn more about the area see the website WhatToDoInWhistler.ca.