The Lower Mainland has a number of winter farmers markets including markets in Burnaby, Vancouver, Port Moody and New Westminster.
If you include flea markets that have fruits and veggies vendors too, there is also the one in Cloverdale. All of them run during the winter months and feature local produce and handmade goods.
WINTER MARKETS AND COVID-19
Because of the coronavirus, some but not all winter markets are happening in the winter of 2020/21. The farmers markets at the PNE grounds and by Nat Bailey Stadium are scheduled to still take place. Others, like the one in New Westminster, aren’t. Dates and details for them all are subject to change.
The Cloverdale and Abbotsford flea markets were running in the fall of 2020, but then got cancelled until further notice because of concerns about the pandemic.
As of early December, 2020, markets that are running are only allowed to have food vendors. Artisan vendors are not permitted until further notice as per the government’s most recent orders with respect to COVID-19.
For the most up-to-date details about the status of specific places, see each venue’s official website.
Winter Markets in Metro Vancouver
The following are some of the Lower Mainland’s main winter farmers markets:
- Riley Park Farmers Market – takes place on Saturdays between 10 am and 2 pm. From Halloween day until April it happens at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street and at nearby Riley Park at 50 East 30th Avenue. During the rest of the year it’s just at Riley Park.
- Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – on Sundays from 10 am until 2 pm between early November and late April at Port Moody’s Rec Centre at 300 Ioco Road.
- Hastings Park Farmers Market – on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE (at Renfrew Street and Pandora Street) from early November until the end of April or first weekend in May. Parking is free at the PNE, even if the sign says there’s a price – just say you’re going to the market.
- Cloverdale Flea Market – on Sundays at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. It’s not a farmers’ market, but it often has a good number of vendors selling fresh produce, plants and flowers. And it’s not a winter market, specifically, as it runs year-round. It operates in winter though, and it’s enormous and very popular.
- Burnaby Farmers Market – until the late fall of 2019, this market was strictly a spring, summer and early autumn market. In the winter of 2019/20, however, it ran year-round on Saturdays in the parking lot by Burnaby City Hall. The market doesn’t not appear to be happening, however, in the winter of 2020/21.
- New West Winter Farmers Market – in New Westminster between 11 am and 3 pm from early November until late April on the first and third Saturdays of the month in the 600 block of Belmont Street (although not in the winter of 2020/21).
- Abbotsford Flea Market – a weekly market that takes place on Sundays at the Abbotsford Exhibition Park at 32470 Haida Drive.
There also used to be the Cannery Farmers Market which took place indoors at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery at 12138 Fourth Avenue in Richmond. It ran every second Sunday during the colder half of the year. As of the spring of 2020, however, it is no longer running.
Note: Market details such as dates, times and locations are subject to change. Check each market’s website for exact details.
For information on farmers markets at other times of the year, like in the summer, check out our Vancouver’s Farmers Markets page.
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