New Westminster and Vancouver’s Downtown and Granville Island all offer great farmers markets on Thursdays in the Lower Mainland.
Farmers Markets on Thursdays
Looking for a great way to buy fresh produce and support local farmers? Then take your shopping bags and check out the following:
New West Farmers Market
The New West Farmers Market is a fairly large market, with up to 50 vendors on a busy day. It can be found at Tipperary Park at the corner of Royal Avenue and Fourth Street (or 315 Queens Avenue) in New Westminster between 3 and 7 pm from late May until early October.
In 2019 the market is scheduled to run from May 23rd until October 3rd (with a possible extension to October 10th).
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.
Granville Island Farmers Market
The market used to happen just outside the Granville Island Public Market in Triangle Square at 1680 Johnston Street. It has a new location as of 2019, however. Starting this year it now takes place in the Chain & Forge which is located at 1404 Anderson Street under the Granville Street Bridge.
In 2019 the weekly Granville Island Farmers Market runs from June 6th until September 26th.
Downtown Farmers Market
Formerly called the Yaletown Farmers Market as it was previously located in Yaletown, Vancouver’s Downtown Farmers Market takes place in the plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 649 Cambie Street by the corner of Hamilton and Georgia.
The Downtown Farmers Market runs from 3 until 7 pm on Thursdays from early June until the beginning of October.
In 2019 the Downtown Farmers Market runs from June 6th until October 3rd.
At its previous location, up until 2016, the Yaletown Farmers Market typically had over 30 vendors each week and attracted more than 4000 visitors on its busiest days. Since the move the market has slightly fewer vendors and smaller shopping crowds, although it’s still a good market.
Note: Market details are subject to change. To avoid disappointment, check each market’s website for exact times, dates and locations.
Other Markets on Different Days
For an extensive list of farmers markets throughout the week in other parts of the Lower Mainland, check out Metro Vancouver’s Farmers Markets. Or, for farmers markets on specific days, check out the following:
- Wednesday Farmers Markets: Main Street and Whistler.
- Friday Farmers Markets: North Vancouver’s Shipyard Night Market.
- Saturday Farmers Markets: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Fort Langley, Maple Ridge, Squamish, Surrey, Trout Lake and the West End.
- Sunday Farmers Markets: Ambleside, Cloverdale (Flea Market), Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Ladner (bi-weekly), Mt. Pleasant, Steveston Village, White Rock and Whistler.
Also, check out Lower Mainland Winter Markets for farmers markets taking place in the late fall, winter and early spring.