The Bastion Square Market is a craft and artisan market in Bastion Square in downtown Victoria. It runs from Thursdays to Sundays in the summer.
CANCELLED FOR 2021
As of February 2021 the market has been cancelled for the entire season this year. Hopefully it can return in 2022.
The Bastion Square Public Market
Located in downtown Victoria, the market features many different vendors. Along with the awesome items you can buy there, the nearby waterfront views are top notch.
If you like shopping, artisan products, heritage buildings and supporting local artists, you’ll want to check this event out if you haven’t already!
When is the Market?
The Bastion Square Market usually takes place from Thursdays to Sundays. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays it’s open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm and on Sunday it’s open from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. The event typically runs from early May until late September.
The market is interesting on all four days of the week. However, it’s busiest and has the most vendors on weekends.
Where is the Bastion Square Market?
The market is located in downtown Victoria at Bastion Square which is a pedestrian-only lane that’s only a couple of blocks long. The entrance at one end is across the street from the Bay Centre and beside the Irish Times Pub (at 1200 Government Street). At the other end is Wharf Street.
Bastion Square is in a pretty and historic part of town. There are lots of older buildings in the area (by BC’s relatively young standards). Both Chinatown and Market Square are also between just two and four blocks away.
In the middle of Bastion Square is the old courthouse which was built in 1889 and, until 2014, was the home to the Maritime Museum of BC (which is now located at 634 Humboldt Street near the Empress Hotel).
What to Expect at the Market
At the market you can expect to find some of the best artists and crafters on Vancouver Island selling paintings, handmade jewelry, clothing and other artsy items.
The market can get quite busy in the summer so if possible take public transit or bike down. If you drive you can park in the Bastion Square Parkade or on any of the surrounding streets.
After attending the market consider going for a waterfront walk along Wharf Street down to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It’s a beautiful area with amazing views. Government Street is another great place for walks and window shopping.
For more information about the event see the Bastion Square Public Market‘s Facebook page.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Markets in Victoria
- Victoria Shopping Opportunities
- Victoria’s Events Calendar
- The A to Z’s Glossary of Victoria
- Victoria’s Top Attractions
- Victoria Streets & Neighbourhoods