Vancouver is famous for its farmers markets where people can buy local and organic fruits and vegetables, handcrafted art and homemade goods.
Numerous farmers markets are located throughout the region and take place on various days, although mostly on weekends in the warmer months.
FARMERS MARKETS & COVID-19
Since the spring of 2020, the coronavirus has been wreaking havoc on all kinds of businesses in the Lower Mainland and throughout the world. The BC government declared that farmers markets were an essential service. Consequently, while many businesses were ordered to close down or provide only take-out or delivery service, farmers markets, were allowed to remain open.
Some Lower Mainland farmers markets closed temporarily. The Cannery Winter Farmers Market ceased operations for the remainder of its regular winter season, for example. The Port Moody Farmers Market and Burnaby Farmers Market also cancelled some of their events, but then later reopened. The New West Farmers Market also shut down briefly, and completely at its winter Belmont Street venue, but then reopened earlier than planned at its summer Tipperary Park location. The 2020 Steveston Village Farmers Market, scheduled to start up for the season in May, has been completely cancelled.
Although farmers markets are still allowed to operate, shoppers must maintain proper social distancing. To help minimize the risk of spreading the virus, most markets are also only accepting credit-card and debit-card payment (so no cash), and there has been no sampling of products. Also, since March 28th, only food vendors have been operating. As of the end of May, however, artisan vendors will soon be allowed to participate too.
Other policies to allow for physical distancing have also been implemented at most markets. These include maximum numbers of people within the venues and the request that shoppers proceed through the markets along specified routes and all in one direction.
To learn more about the status of individual farmers markets, see official market websites.
Lower Mainland Artisan & Farmers Markets
The list below includes some thirty markets listed in alphabetical order. If you prefer to view markets organized by day of the week, check out our list of Farmers Market Daily Schedules. Or, continue reading or click on any of the following links to jump to a specific location:
Note: Market details such as dates, times and locations are subject to change. Check each market’s website for exact details.
Abbotsford Farmers Market
Located in the heart of the Fraser Valley agricultural region, the Abbotsford Farm and Country Market probably has more really local farmers participating than many other farmers markets in the Lower Mainland.
The summer market runs from early May right up until the end of October and takes place on Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm. It has taken place at the intersection of Montrose Avenue and George Ferguson Way in Abbotsford now for several years. As of the summer of 2019, however, its new home (at least in the warmer half of the year) is in Jubilee Park at 2552 McCallum Road.
For 2020, the Abbotsford Farm and Country Market is scheduled to run from the middle of May until October.
Click Abbotsford Farm and Country Market for more details.
Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market
Located just inside Ambleside Park at the foot of 13th Street in West Vancouver on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm from May until November, this is a good medium-sized farmers market well worth checking out when combined with a visit to Ambleside and a stroll along the seawall.
The big draw to the area is the waterfront, but the market makes for a nice bonus (and a good place to buy ingredients for your picnic).
The market for the 2020 season runs from May 3rd until November 1st.
Click Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market for more details.
Burnaby Artisan Farmers Market
As of the 2019/2020 season, for the first time ever, the Burnaby market is also now operating throughout the winter.
In the spring of 2020 the market shut down for two or three weeks because of the COVID-19 virus. It soon reopened, however, and now plans to run continually for the rest of the year.
Coquitlam Farmers Market
The Coquitlam Farmers Market occurs on Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm from Mother’s Day in May until late October. The market takes place in the parking lot at the Dogwood Pavilion at 624 Poirier Street in Coquitlam. In a typical week there are about 65 or so vendors.
Last year, the Coquitlam Farmers Market ran from May 5th to October 27th. In 2020 the market will again run from May until October. First day of the 2020 season is Sunday, May 3rd.
Downtown Farmers Market
Previously known as the Yaletown Farmers Market and formerly located in the 1200 block of Mainland Street, the Downtown Farmers Market is a Thursday afternoon market that now takes place at the corner of Georgia Street and Hamilton in the plaza outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
The same as at its previous location, the market runs on Thursday afternoons between 3 and 7 pm from the beginning of June until early October.
In 2019 the market ran from June 6th until October 3rd. In 2020 the market is looking for a new venue. As a result, it doesn’t plan to start up again until 2021.
Click Downtown Farmers Market for more information.
Fort Langley Farmers Market
The Fort Langley Village Farmers Market occurs on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm at St. Andrews Historic Church at 9025 Glover Road in the historic town of Fort Langley from early May until late October. This is a reasonably-sized farmers market, and it’s in a beautiful community.
This market is open from May 2nd to October 31st in 2020.
TIP: Saturdays are great days to visit the historic HBC fort, so combine your trip there with a visit to the market. Also while in the neighbourhood, go for a stroll or bike ride along the river.
Granville Island Farmers Market
The Granville Island Farmers Market is reportedly the oldest farmers market in the region. Open Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm from early June until late September on Granville Island, it’s a fairly tiny market but usually includes live music.
The market will likely start up around the beginning of June again in 2020, but exact details are to be confirmed.
Being small, it’s not a huge attraction in itself, but rather a nice complement to the already amazing Granville Island Public Market right next door.
Haney (Maple Ridge) Market
The Haney Farmers Market takes place at Memorial Peace Park at 11900 224th Street in the heart of Maple Ridge from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturdays from early-May until the end of October. In the summer months the market has live music, crafts for children and sometimes even a story time.
In 2020 the market was scheduled to open on May 9th and run every Saturday until November 7th. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, however, the start date has been delayed. Exact dates for this year are to be confirmed, but it might not begin until mid or late summer.
TIP: Golden Ears Provincial Park and Alouette Lake are close to Maple Ridge. The lake and its beaches are beautiful, there are lots of hiking trails in the park and overnight camping in the area is excellent. If it’s a hot sunny day in July or August even the massive parking lot there can fill up, given the place’s popularity, so unless you’re camping get to the park earlier than later.
Kitsilano Farmers Market
It’s a larger market, with up to slightly more than four dozen vendors each week. The market is located about 20 blocks from Kitsilano Beach (just in case you decide to combine it with a drive there for a swim).
In 2020 the Kitsilano Farmers Market runs from May 3rd to October 25th.
Ladner Village Farmers Market
The Ladner Village Market takes place from 10 am to 4 pm on 48th Avenue between Elliott Street and Delta Street on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from mid-June to mid-September.
2020 dates for the market are June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, and September 13.
With over 150 vendors each time and a theme of “make it, bake it, grow it,” this is one of Western Canada’s biggest open air markets and worth traveling across the Lower Mainland to visit. The Ladner Village Market is truly an impressive market, especially on nice sunny days.
Click Ladner Village Market for more information.
Lonsdale Quay Farmers Market
The Lonsdale Artisan Farmers Market is a tiny market at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver on Saturdays from May until October from 10 am to 3 pm. There is also a winter version of the market too which is sometimes indoors.
In 2020 this market runs from May 9th until October 31st.
The market usually comprises less than a dozen stalls, but is complemented by the 80 or so food vendors, retail boutiques and restaurants at the very impressive Lonsdale Quay Public Market right beside where the farmers market takes place.
People don’t travel from the far side of Metro Vancouver just for the Lonsdale Quay Farmers Market, but they do for the public market, as well for all the many other attractions on the North Shore.
If planning to take the SeaBus over to North Vancouver from Vancouver’s Waterfront Station on a Saturday, you might as well drop by the farmers market and look around the area. It’s in a beautiful location, right on the water by the tugboat terminal.
Main Street Farmers Market
The Main Street Station Farmers Market is different as it takes place on Wednesdays, instead of on the weekend, from 2 until 6 in the afternoon from June until early October.
The market is located where Main Street meets Terminal, which makes it convenient for SkyTrain access and nearby visits to Science World as well as bike rides and strolls along the False Creek Seawall.
In 2020 the Main Street Market runs from June 3rd until October 7th.
The Main Street Farmers Market is a pretty big one, with over 40 vendors spread out along the road in front of Pacific Central Station, Vancouver’s main train and long distance bus station, at 1100 Station Street.
As far as farmers markets go, this is a pretty good one, exhibiting lots of fresh farm produce in the summer season.
Mercato Italian Market
The Mercato Italian Market is a one of a kind Italian-themed farmers’ night market. In 2019 this market took place twice – once on June 14th and once on November 29th. The market on November 29th had a Christmas theme. 2020 dates are to be confirmed (but it will likely only happen once and in either just November or December).
The market is put on by the IL CENTRO Italian Cultural Centre and it takes place from 4:30 to 9 pm at 3075 Slocan Street in Vancouver, which is conveniently just one block from the Renfrew SkyTrain Station.
The Mercato Italian Market features local produce, handcrafted art products and, of course, Italian gourmet foods.
Click Mercato Italian Market for more information.
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market takes place on Sundays from 10 am until 2 pm from late May until early October. It’s one of Vancouver’s newest farmers markets with only around 25 or so vendors, and it’s located at 2300 Guelph Street.
In 2020 the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market runs from May 24th until October 25th.
New West Farmers Market
The summertime New West Farmers Market takes place at Tipperary Park at the corner of 4th Street and Royal Avenue in New Westminster from 3 to 7 pm on Thursdays from late May until October. Free parking can be found on Royal Avenue and Queens Avenue, as well as at City Hall after 4:30 pm.
This past year the winter market ran from November 2019 until mid-March 2020. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the spring of 2020, the winter market ended early (in mid-March) and the summer market at Tipperary Park started in early April.
The summer market can have up to about four dozen stalls (so one of the Lower Mainland’s larger farmers markets) and it is only about eight or so blocks up the hill from New Westminster’s main streets close to the waterfront. The last time we went there were 50 vendors, a couple of musicians on guitar and someone making animal balloons for children.
In addition to the summer farmers market, there is also a smaller winter market which takes place on the first and third Saturdays during the colder months from 11 am to 3 pm in the 600 block of Belmont Street.
Click New West Farmers Market for more information.
Riley Park Farmers Market
Formerly known as the Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market, the Riley Park Farmers Market is a year-round market that takes place at Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street from November until April, and then across the street at Riley Park for the late spring, summer and early fall. The market runs from 10 to 2 pm on Saturdays.
In winter the Riley Park Farmers Market has between 60 and over 70 vendors each week. In the warmer months, at the park, it has between 30 and 35 vendors.
For more information click Riley Park Farmers Market.
Shipyards Night Market
The Shipyards Night Market is located at Shipbuilders’ Square near Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver on Fridays from 5 to 10 pm. It’s not technically a farmers market – it’s a night market, complete with beer garden, food trucks and live music.
The Shipyards Night Market ran from May 3rd until September 27th last year. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 it plans to start later in the summer, but exact dates are to be determined.
We include the Shipyards Night Market though under the farmers market category as it also has lots of vendors selling everything from local farm produce to handcrafted jewellery to boutique clothing to homemade jams and preserves.
In fact, the Shipyards Night Market has more “farmers market-style” vendors than many of the Lower Mainland’s other farmers markets, plus all its other added benefits. Truly, this is an impressive market and highly recommended.
Click Shipyards Night Market for further details.
Squamish Farmers Market
Located up the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway about 50 minutes from Vancouver, the Squamish Farmers Market takes place at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Victoria in Squamish on Saturdays from 10 am until 3 pm from April until the end of October.
For a small community, it’s a surprisingly large market and well worth visiting while exploring the area.
Last year the Squamish Farmers Market ran from April 6th until October 26th. In 2020, because of the coronavirus pandemic, its start date got delayed by a month. Consequently, this year, it plans to run from May 9th until late October.
Steveston Village Farmers Market
The Steveston Village Farmers Market usually takes place two Sundays a month from May until October in Richmond’s Steveston Village outside at the Steveston Community Centre at 4111 Moncton Street from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm.
In addition to the summer market in the community centre’s parking lot, Steveston Village also has a winter market. The Cannery Farmers Market runs from late October until April every couple of weeks or so at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
In 2020 the market was going to run on May 10th & 24th, June 7th & 21st, July 5th & 19th, August 16th & 30th, and September 6th & 20th. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, however, it has been CANCELLED and now won’t be taking place until 2021.
Steveston Village is a highly recommended place for strolls, bike rides and visits to historic sites, so it’s well worth the trek out to the farmers market when combined with a visit to the region.
Surrey Urban Farmers Market
The Surrey Urban Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm from early June to early October in the plaza outside Surrey City Hall at 13450 104th Avenue in Surrey. It’s a fairly small market with live music most weeks and only 20 or so vendors.
This market ran from June 8th to October 5th in 2019. In 2020 it plans to run from May until October, but with exact dates to be confirmed.
Trout Lake Farmers Market
The Trout Lake Farmers Market is one of the largest farmers markets in Metro Vancouver, and one of our favourites because of its size and location. It takes place on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm from mid-May to mid-October at John Hendry Park in Vancouver near the intersection of Lakeview Drive and 13th Avenue.
The 2020 season runs May 2nd to October 24th.
TIP: Combine your visit to the Trout Lake Farmers Market with a picnic in the park and a stroll around the lake. And if you have kids, there’s a nice sandy beach and good children’s play area on the far side of the lake, just a short walk away.
Click Trout Lake Farmers Market for more information.
West End Farmers Market
The West End Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 9 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon from late May until late October.
The market is located on Comox Street by Nelson Park between Thurlow and Bute, right in the heart of Vancouver’s West End about a dozen blocks from Sunset Beach.
In 2020 the West End Farmers Market runs from May 23rd until October 24th.
Whistler Farmers Market
The Whistler Farmers Market takes place in Whistler’s Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb Mountain on Sundays from 11 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon from early June until early October, plus from 2 to 7 pm on Wednesdays in July and August. In the peak season this can be a fairly large market well worth checking out.
In 2019 the market ran from May 19th to October 13th. In 2020 the Sunday market is scheduled to run from June 21st until October 11th, but exact details are to be confirmed.
Click Whistler Farmers Market for more details.
White Rock Farmers Market
In White Rock the farmers market takes place at Miramar Plaza at 15154 Russell Avenue on Sundays, from 10am to 2pm from early May until late October. For more information check out White Rock Farmers Market.
Check it out from around May 3rd to Oct 25th in 2020.
TIP: White Rock is a beautiful place in the summer. Combine your trip to the market with a day at the beach, which is especially beautiful and sandy at low tide.
Vancouver Winter Markets
Farmers markets in the Lower Mainland don’t take place only in the warmer months. Here are some that take place in the winter too:
- Burnaby Farmers Market – the winter of 2019/20 is the first year that the Burnaby location is open all year. The winter edition of the market goes from November until April between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturdays in the parking lot outside Burnaby City Hall.
- Cannery Farmers Market – this winter market takes place inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery at 12138 Fourth Avenue in Steveston Village. It happens every second week or so on Sundays from October to April from 10 am to 3 pm. If you’re interested in visiting historic Steveston Village in the winter and want to see the cannery for FREE, the above dates are great days to do so.
- Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – takes place on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm from early November until late April at the Port Moody Recreation Complex at 300 Ioco Road in Port Moody.
- Riley Park Farmers Market (formerly the Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market) – on Saturdays from November until April from 10 am to 2 pm at the East Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
- Hastings Park Farmers Market – from 10 am to 2 pm on Sundays from November 4 until April 28, 2019, at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE (at Renfrew Street and Pandora, just a couple of blocks from Hastings Street).
- New Westminster Farmers Market – in the 600 block of Belmont Street in New Westminster from 11 am until 3 pm on the first and third Saturdays of each month between the beginning of November and mid to late April.
Other Places for Shopping
For information on the Lower Mainland’s best places for SHOPPING IN GENERAL, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Shopping.
And as for Vancouver’s famous NIGHT MARKETS, check out the following:
- Richmond Night Market – at 8351 River Road in Richmond every weekend night in the summer.
- Shipyard Night Market – located at Shipbuilders’ Square near Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver on Friday summer evenings.
- Vancouver Christmas Market – at 650 Hamilton Street in downtown Vancouver from late November until Christmas Eve.