May 31, 2012

Famous Canadian Markets

Love the idea of traveling and shopping local markets in places like Canada but concerned about travel expenses? Why not invest in a travel card where you can earn points and discounts toward hotel rooms, air fare and even cash? Take advantage of a travel card and enjoy shopping at great markets like the following famous Canadian markets.

St. Albert Farmers' Market

Visited by 15,000 people every Saturday in the summer, St. Albert Farmers' Market is Western Canada's largest outdoor market. Located in the Perron District of Alberta on St. Thomas and St. Anne streets, St. Albert Market is open each Saturday from June to October. The market offers over 250 vendors featuring a wide array of goods from fresh produce and baked goodies to ethnic foods to arts and crafts. St. Albert Market also hosts a Christmas Market from the last week of November to the middle of December.

Aberfoyle Antique Market

Located in Guelph, Ontario, the Aberfoyle Antique Market is the largest antique market in Canada. This popular outdoor market stretches over 20 acres with over a 100 dealers, containing stalls, barns and cabins filled with unique treasures from antique furniture, glassware and china to old collectibles and tools to old telephones. Open every Sunday in April through the end of October, the market also offers a restaurant and ice cream booth.

Lachute Farmers’ Market, Flea Market and Horse Auction

Began as a horse auction and small market in the 1950's, the Lachute Farmers' Market, Flea Market and Horse Auction is today a mega market located on the western section of Lachute in Quebec. Featuring 15 acres and 500 vendors, two restaurants, a bar and an indoor antique mall, visitors can find a little of everything from fresh foods to antiques. While the market is open every Saturday and Sunday year round, its biggest day is each Tuesday, an all day event that includes a horse auction.

St. Lawrence Market

Canada's largest and oldest farmers' market is St. Lawrence Market. Situated on Front Street East in the heart of Toronto, the market is over 200 years old and is today a complex comprised of three buildings that include the South Market, the North Market and St. Lawrence Hall. The South Market is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and houses over 120 vendors specializing in fresh vegetables and fruits, dairy products and meats and fish as well as homemade baked goods. The North Market is open every Saturday as a farmers' market for seasonal
produce and every Sunday as an antique market. The Lawrence Hall contains retail shops and rents out space for weddings, meetings and special occasions.

Fredericton’s Boyce Farmers’ Market

Ranked as one of Canada's top ten markets by Harrowsmith Magazine, the Fredericton’s Boyce Farmers’ Market has been a tradition for over sixty years on George Street in New Brunswick. Open every Saturday, the market features more than 250 vendors in both outdoor and indoor venues. Here visitors can find a wide array of offerings from local and seasonal produce to homemade goods to pottery and jewelry to arts and crafts to textiles and unique gifts. The market also offers an indoor restaurant and two outdoor food alleys.

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