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Public markets are some of the best places to find original souvenirs by local artisans, not to mention enjoy a homespun locavore breakfast, bite into fragrant from-the-orchard fruit and pick up gourmet picnic goodies to-go. Head to Canada’s top gathering spots to meet the locals and get in on the fun.

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Pick up your picnic in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fresh veg stars at Winnipeg’s grower-run, community-minded Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, now under a new four-season canopy tent. Farm families convene at the breadbasket province’s largest market. Source your picnic, then take home some honey and handmade soap or hand-hewn goods and designer jewelry. Buskers and Métis musicians supply the festive ambiance.

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Tourism Winnipeg Contact
Gillian Chester
Communications & Media Relations Manager

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Dine the globe in Fredericton, New Brunswick

Quirky is plentiful at indoor-outdoor year-round Boyce Farmers’ Market in Fredericton, as are one-of-a-kind gifts (fire-hose satchel, anyone?). Meet locals for breakfast at this traditional community meeting venue offering seasonal favorites like blueberries and fiddleheads, cheese, preserves, seafood, wine and chocolate. Cuisine ranges from Lebanese stuffed grape leaves to buffalo burgers.  

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Tourism Fredericton Contact
Stacey Russell
Travel Media Relations
Shop imports in Calgary, Alberta

The laidback Crossroads Market (Alberta’s biggest) is a family go-to in Calgary that’s part flea market, part food stand meet-up. Think: German wieners, Cambodian delicacies and other treats showcasing the diversity of Canadian food culture. Don’t miss the beef jerky, truffle salt and locally raised protein from this agriculture-rich province. 

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Tourism Calgary Contact
Lindsay Gallant
Manager, Earned Media

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Walk the waterfront in Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market has been happening since 1750. It’s North America’s longest running: 250 vendors fill a sprawling two-level warehouse space. Join college students chatting with fishmongers, take a workshop or buy artisan at The Shelf. There are also shops, galleries, a harbor-view rooftop patio, even an immigration museum. 

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Discover Halifax Contact
Katie Konklin
Communications & Marketing Manager
Uncover second-hand treasures in Quebec City

Arrive early to find the best vintage shoes and antique trinkets at one-stop La Chute Farmers’ Market on Quebec City’s west side. A no-frills institution since the 50s, this sprawling 15-acre site houses a flea market, indoor antiques emporium, farmers’ market, restaurants, entertainment and horse auction. Equine haggling starts at 2 pm. 

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Quebec City Contact
Quebec City Tourism
Media Relations

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Eat berry pie in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Sample Saskatchewan’s famed berries in homemade pies at the member-owned co-op Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, a staple since the 70s. Another must is locally distilled spirits at this down-home marketplace set in an old Saskatoon electrical warehouse-garage. Pick up produce, artisan edibles and crafts, join a chef demo, shopping night or concert, or picnic riverside. 

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Tourism Saskatoon Contact
Aviva Cohen
Director of Media

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Dine with hipsters in Ottawa, Ontario

Come hungry to downtown Ottawa’s ByWard Market, the spot for all things trendy. Set in a heritage neighborhood, the city’s avant-garde restaurants are here, not to mention the bustling farmers’ market dating to 1826. Shop, go dancing, taste craft beer, linger over lunch at a patio café and peruse the artful stands.

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Ottawa Tourism Contact
Jantine Van Kregten
Director of Communications

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Find foodie nirvana in Vancouver, British Columbia

Meet the chefs behind buzzing dockside Granville Island Public Market on an Edible Canada culinary tour. A walkable entertainment district in a reclaimed cement factory, backdropped by Vancouver’s skyline, this vivacious covered market is flanked by converted warehouses turned artist studios, ateliers, galleries, boutiques, restaurants and theatres. 

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Tourism Vancouver Contact
Saschie MacLean
Communications Specialist, North America

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