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At the Market: A trip to Powell River Farmers’ Market

The Powell River Farmers’ Market is nestled in a grove of cedar trees. Line-ups begin at favourite vendors before the bell rings. At the bandshell, which could be confused for…
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The Powell River Farmers’ Market is nestled in a grove of cedar trees. Line-ups begin at favourite vendors before the bell rings. At the bandshell, which could be confused for a structure out of Tolkein’s Hobbiton, sign-up has begun for the open stage. The Exhibition Grounds are the permanent home of the Farmers’ Market, which makes the market unique and has allowed vendors to feel at home in their booths. Many have their own hand painted signage.

Held on the traditional territory of the Tla’amin Nation, the variety of music, produce, food vendors, and craftspeople highlight the varied communities that call the qathet region home. From May to September, the Farmers’ Market runs on both Saturdays and Sundays, offering a different experience on each day. Because the Sunday market runs year-round — complete with a train for locomotive enthusiasts of all ages — it draws a big crowd.


Farmers’ markets are a special way to get a taste of a community. Kids perform their favourite songs on stage, while moms gather sipping coffee made near by in a food truck, and kids play tag or build sandcastles in a play area.

Even if you manage to come away from the Powell River Farmers’ Market without spending a penny, you’ll be sure to make it a destination every time you return to the Sunshine Coast.

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