For a local experience, and perhaps some unique souvenirs of Victoria, check out the local markets you can find during summer months.
James Bay Community Market
Offers arts, crafts, clothing, produce and home made specialties such as jams and jellies. Held at Menzies and Superior Streets during May to October every Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.
Government Street Market
Crafts, collectables, imported clothing, food and entertainment are features at this weekly market on Sundays in the 1600 Block on Government Street between Pandora and Fisgard avenues from April to September from 11 am to 5 pm.
Bastion Square Festival of the Arts
Many artists display and sell their juried works at this busy and popular market near the Inner Harbour from April to October, Wednesdays to Sundays from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm.
Moss Street Community Market
Lots of stalls with local organic produce, crafts, and clothing. Open every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm from May to October. Located at the corners of Fairfield and Moss streets.
Every Thursday evening from June to September, Beacon Avenue in the town of Sidney closes from 5:30 – 8:30 pm to make room for the summer market. Shopkeepers have stalls out on the street along with the many independent vendors. It's a lively festive atmosphere, with lots of people coming to look, buy, listen to music and enjoy the wide choice of food and drink.
This market is held from June to October on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm at the Saanich Fairgrounds in Saanichton.