Victoria is the capital of Canada’s British Columbia and is nestled on the south end of Vancouver Island. The city if known for its many green spaces, including Beacon Hill Park with its floral gardens and ponds and the stunning Butchart Gardens, with its statues, water features, gardens and a quaint carousel. Victoria’s British colonial history is evident in the attractive Victorian architecture throughout the city, including the stunning Craigdarroch Castle, a historic mansion where visitors can enjoy tours. The British Columbia Parliament buildings also offer tours. Museums in the city include the Royal B.C. Museum, which features natural history exhibits. Victoria is also a shopper’s paradise, with its many stores, shopping malls and shopping districts. However, one of the more unique and enjoyable ways to go shopping here is to head to some of the best night markets in Victoria, Canada, and the surrounding areas. Scroll below to learn more.
1. Ship Point Night Market (July and August)
After a rainy start. The Market is vibrant thanks to the hardy vendors and tourist.Posted by Victoria Harbour Festival on Saturday, 25 May 2019
The Ship Point Market is held each year from July until the end of August. The market is part of the Victoria Harbor Festival and visitors can enjoy the night market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. An eclectic variety of clothing, arts, handicrafts and other items is available at the night market, along with several food vendors, serving a variety of delicious fare along with candy stalls, ice cream and other delights. Locally brewed craft beers can be sampled and purchased while visiting the market and buskers are positioned throughout, offering their own brand of musical entertainment. Face painting, balloon animals, performers and other options are available to keep the children happy during their visit to the market.
Ship Point Night Market
Address: 100-1019 Wharf Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Website: Ship Point Night Market
Opening hours: (Jul & Aug) Fri: 6pm - 10:30pm; Sat - Sun & public holidays: 10:30am - 10:30pm
2. Oak Bay Summer Night Market
Oak Bay Summer Night Market is open from June to September on the second Wednesday of each month. The European-style night market is held in the Oak Bay Village. Visitors can enjoy browsing a selection of locally hand-made arts and crafts, including glass art, fabric arts, hand-made greeting cards, wood-turned bowls, pottery, jewelry, hand-made soaps and cosmetics, preserves and toys. Local musicians entertain in various spots throughout the market, along with face-painting, a magician and balloon animals for the kids to enjoy. Taste-test the locally brewed craft beers while exploring the market. Also, several of the stores and many restaurants in the immediate area stay open during the market hours and offer a range of special tastings, demos and sampling of their wares.
Oak Bay Summer Night Market
Address: 2167 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Website: Oak Bay Summer Night Market
Opening hours: (Jun - Sep) Mon - Wed: 4pm - 8pm
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3. Sydney Street Market
Sidney’s Street Market is held from June to August each year on every Thursday night. The market has been running every year for 17 years and turns the town’s main street, Beacon Avenue, into a spectacular night street market, while closing the area off to traffic. The night market features more than 150 vendors, selling home-made arts and crafts such as jewelry, clothing, flowers, toys, breads, pastries, cakes, jams, soaps, candy and sweets and more. During the opening of the market, many of the local restaurants and shops remain open to add to the attractions and choices available. Musical performers are seen and heard during the market days, adding to its festive air. The town of Sidney is a short and convenient 24-minute drive from the city of Victoria along the Patricia Bay Highway.
Sydney Street Market
Address: 2504-2466 Beacon Avenue, Sydney, British Columbia, Canada
Website: Sydney Street Market
Opening hours: (Jun - Aug) Thu: 5:30pm - 8:30pm (closed from Fri - Wed)
Have loads of fun on your visit to Victoria
Spend the summer days each year exploring this modern and fascinating city and visiting its historic sites, gazing at the beautiful Victorian architecture. Head to some of the museums in the city, or relax in the city’s many pretty parks with their flowers, sculpture and shady trees. Partake in a little retail therapy in the city’s many stores, shopping districts and malls, but don’t forget to also visit some of the best night markets in Victoria and nearby, while you are there.
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