Travel in 2020 has been very different, but it has offered a great opportunity to explore new cities within our province. As summer comes to an end, planning a road trip to explore a new city is a great way to get away and experience a change of scenery. During this time of the year, farmers markets and public markets are hotspot destinations. They reflect the local culture and economy and they have something for every member of the family.
Escape to one of these beautiful destinations and discover some of the best markets across Canada while supporting Canadian businesses and buying local.
Here are 10 of the Best Must-Visit Public Markets in Canada
1. ByWard Market - Ottawa
Byward Market is Ottawa’s oldest neighbourhood and the #1 tourist attraction.
This lively area is full of restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the nation’s capital and it is open 365 days a year. Full of beautiful pedestrian areas, outdoor farmers’ market stalls and specialty food shops, it’s easy to spend an entire day in this local gem. PS. Don’t forget to get a Beavertail!
2. St. Jacobs Farmers Market - Waterloo
St Jacobs Farmers Market is one of Canada’s largest year-round farmers markets, which hosts more than 400 vendors. The range of local products is excellent, from crafts to bakery products, meat, cheese, first-class maple syrup and more. If you plan on going here, make sure to check out The Fritter. Open for over 30 years, they make some of the best apple fritters you will ever taste!
3. St. Lawrence Market - Toronto
If you haven’t been yet, St. Lawrence market should definitely be on your must-visit list. Whether you’re looking for fresh fruit and veg in your neighbourhood, or hunting for treasure, this colourful and multicultural market has it all. The many vendors sell everything from local mustard to fresh pasta, so get ready to be in foodie heaven.
4. Evergreen Farmers Market - Toronto
This is one of the largest markets in Toronto, open every Saturday. Evergreen Market offers a wide variety of fresh local and seasonal food, with many sustainable options. After walking around this farmers market, you will definitely not leave empty handed. You can also walk around and explore the many meadows and ponds nearby.
5. Pinery Market - Grand Bend
The Pinery Market has an eclectic blend of vendors and there are different finds every Sunday. For an authentic community feel, look no further than this charming market. From unique hand-crafted items to vintage finds and delicious food, this is a great place to spend a Sunday with the whole family!
6. Granville Island Market - Vancouver
Moving on to the west coast, Granville Island Market in Vancouver is a must see. This popular tourist attraction features a busy food market, art galleries, a microbrewery, boutique distilleries, trendy restaurants, two theatres, a waterpark, and many gift shops. You will definitely find everything you need for the best weekend ever.
7. Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market - New Brunswick
On the friendly east-cost you can find Fredericton Boyce Farmer's Market filled with food trucks, produce, artists and handcrafted vendors. From jewelry to fresh food to groceries, there are over 250 suppliers! Pro tip - arrive before 9 am so you don't have to linger in the crowds.
8. The Forks - Winnipeg
This family-friendly market has something for everyone. The National Historic Site is known for the beautiful souvenirs and gourmet treats. It also features landscaped gardens, sculptures and clothing boutiques. With its six thousand years of Aboriginal history, the Forks is the perfect spot to spend your day.
9. Jean-Talon Market - Quebec
This is one of Montreal’s staples for fresh produce, meat cheese and baked goods. Situated in the heart of Little Italy, Jean-Talon Market is overflowing with local specialities and has been named Montreal’s Best Foodie Destination, where local farmers and artisans thrive. Make sure you arrive hungry!
10. Toronto Christmas Market - Toronto
Since Christmas is only a few months away, we thought we’d end with the famous Christmas Market in Toronto, ranked one of the best Christmas Markets in the world. If you haven’t had a chance to go there yet, you should definitely add it to your bucket-list. This is probably the most festive experience you can have and the atmosphere will make you fall in love with the holiday season all over again. This market opens on November 14th, and admission is free during the week!