By Laura Millyard
Visiting a local market is an excellent way to try local produce, and as most are free to look around it’s an affordable and fun activity for all the family. You’ll never be far from a great market in a Canadian city, buthere are eight of the best.
St. Lawrence Market, Toronto
Visit Toronto’s old town on a Saturday and you’ll find a farmers market with more than 120 stalls selling fresh produce. The market dates back to 1803 and is now rated as one of the best in the world for its friendliness and quality. The market is split into different sections and is not limited just to food – on Sundays the North Market is inhabited by over 80 antique dealers selling their goods.
Vancouver Flea Market, Vancouver
Vancouver’s flea market would be a great place to take kids – under 12s go free (although the adult price is only 60 cents!), and there are over 360 stalls selling all kinds of intriguing things. You’ll find anything from clothing to furniture, with a lot of old junk in between!
Granville Island Public Market, Vancouver
Described as “the jewel in Granville Island’s Crown”, the Public Market is a visual feast of colourful stalls. With a variety of products ranging from fresh seafood to warm pastries, this is the kind of place where it’ll be hard to leave empty handed!
Atwater Market, Montreal
You could spend all morning browsing the cheese, meat and other local produce at the Atwater Market along the Lachine Canal. When it gets to lunchtime, buy ingredients for a picnic and pitch up at the water’s edge for an indulgent lunch.
Jean-Talon Market, Montreal
Also found in Montreal, this European inspired farmers market features ready prepared takeaway food along with affordable local produce. Away from the bustling tourist areas, the Jean-Talon Market is a great place to soak in local culture and discover how the locals live.
Marche Du Viex-Port, Quebec City
You can’t beat a good French market, so it’s no surprise that Marche Du Viex-Port in French Canadian Quebec City highly rated by locals and travellers alike. Although it’s open all year round, it truly comes alive at Christmas when you can pick up foodie gifts like conserves, sweet delicacies and local products at great prices.
ByWard Market, Ottawa
ByWard Market is the birth place of Canada’s capital city, and still attracts millions of visitors each year. It features a farmers market along with over 260 artist stands selling fashion and crafts. In the surrounding area there are also some of Ottawa’s best restaurants and retail opportunities.
Moss Street Market, Victoria
This year Moss Street Market celebrates 20 years of providing Victoria’s best fresh produce, handmade crafts and artisan clothing. The market is open every Saturday, although one weekend in December it’s also open on a Sunday for the Christmas market.
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