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Public markets were once a central component of urban life. Canadian cities like Montreal and Toronto are known for their public markets. Montreal’s Atwater Market is celebrating its 75th anniversary and Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market is more than 200 years old and was recently named one of the top ten food markets in the world by National Geographic.

Victoria has enjoyed a less successful public market history but the Victoria Downtown Public Market Society is working to change that.

Since the summer of 2010, the market society has been campaigning for the establishment of a permanent downtown market site where local purveyors can sell their wares. A site has been secured in the historic Hudson Building at the corner of Douglas and Fisgard Streets. It is expected that the market will open this March. Over the last two years, the society has demonstrated that strong demand for a public market exists by hosting weekly summer and monthly winter markets in Market Square, as well as their Eat Here Now Harvest Festival in the fall.

Welcome to the Downtown Public Market Society’s summer market in Market Square!