The summer-long farmers’ market season may be over in Metro Vancouver but that doesn’t mean you have to curtail your pop-up shopping shenanigans until next year. Running on two or three Sundays every month—the next one is on November 4—the Cannery Farmers’ Market has just kicked-off its annual run at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site in Steveston. It’s the perfect spot to hang out with the family, indulge in a few treats, pick up some cool artisan-made treasures, and even check out the Cannery’s evocative exhibits for free.

Cannery Farmers' Market - Photo: Jessie Hebert
The market is a great place to find unique items. | Photo: Jessie Hebert

What to expect

Dedicated to locally baked, grown, caught, and crafted products, the popular market is always a big lure for shoppers keen to browse and buy unique items from the more than two dozens stands specially set up for the event. The stalls are arrayed both inside and outside the historic Cannery complex, which means there are always plenty of intriguing vendors to peruse no matter what the weather is like. 

This year, the market’s kaleidoscopically diverse products range from artisan soaps and original paintings to handcrafted knickknacks and novel leather accessories. Food-wise, make sure you also explore the market’s fresh-baked cookies, seafood treats, handmade chocolates, and French bakery products. There will also be food truck options onsite if you need to fuel-up during your stall-hopping stroll. For a full roll call of vendors at each of this year’s scheduled market days, scroll down to the handy interactive map on this Gulf of Georgia Cannery web page.

Cannery Farmers' Market - Photo: Jessie Hebert
The Cannery’s museum exhibits provide an interesting market backdrop. | Photo: Jessie Hebert

Not just stalls

On every market day, there will also be live music and performers to keep you and your family fully entertained. In addition, there will be special events and presentations from community organizations—including (on select Sundays) a series of Food Skills Workshops from the Richmond Food Security Society. Themes for these are scheduled to include Fish, Healthy Snacks, Holiday Leftovers, and more.

But whatever you do while you’re here, save time to enjoy what may be the market’s best bargain. All market visitors receive free entry to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery on the day, making this a great opportunity to do some shopping as well as check out one of Metro Vancouver’s best museum attractions. Need another reason to drop by? The Cannery is also staging by-donation guided tours on each market day.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery - Photo: Tourism Richmond
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is an intriguing place to explore. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

Christmas markets

Perfect for the festive season, there will be three markets on consecutive Sundays in December (December 2, 9, and 16). A great chance to tackle your gift shopping, these jolly holiday Sundays are also the perfect time to see the Cannery in all its Yuletide finery. Throughout December, the site hosts Steveston’s charming Festival of Trees, with dozens of sparkling pines decorated by local businesses and organizations. And if you’re keen to catch-up with Santa in person, he’ll be making an appearance at the Cannery Farmers’ Market on December 2.

Cannery Farmers' Market - Photo: Jessie Hebert
Treats and libations are on the menu at this year’s market. | Photo: Jessie Hebert

If you go:

The Cannery Farmers’ Market runs from 10:00am to 3:00pm on the following Sundays: November 4 and 18; December 2, 9, and 16; February 3 and 17 (2019); March 3, 17, and 31 (2019); and April 14 and 28 (2019).

Entry is free to the market and, on the day, to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site as well. Located along Steveston’s waterfront, the site is easily to reach via transit, with several buses stopping nearby—plan your trip via the TransLink website. Pay parking is also available at the Cannery.