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While visiting Vancouver Island, you will be quick to notice that locals and visitors alike love to partake in and shop at farmer's markets. Depending on all the different crops of each season, these can take place all year round. Be sure to ask around while visiting any of the town's on the Island about any markets that may be taking place and stock up on the amazing food and local delights!
Vancouver Island is rich with many popular fesitval options to participate in. With festivals spread throughout the year, it is easy to find fun and entertainment whichever season it may be.
The small coastal towns of Tofino and Ucluelet give homage every year in their annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival which is a nine days and nights celebration in March of the Spring migration of over 20,000 grey whales. The festival is designed to educate, inspire and entertain with over ninety events which include a parade, story telling, art show and chowder chow down to name a few. Each May, Feast Tofino really shines with popularity as a celebration of Vancouver Island's sustainable fisheries and boat-to-table cuisine.
Many tend to love the jazz festival;
Vancouver Island Jazz & Blues Fest
which takes place in July.
Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival
is cultivated for wine enthusiasts and foodies that takes place in the town of Duncan in late September through early October. Another option is the
BC Shellfish Festival
in the shellfish capital of BC - the Comox Valley. This festival offers a truly authentic taste of the West Coast held on the third weekend in June every year.
Of course, Canada Day celebrations on July 1st are always a huge hit for the whole family. Most towns will offer displays of fireworks plus more so be sure to check local festivites that may be taking place in your favourite Island town.
Vancouver Island is home to many local artists and artisans. Opportunities to meet such people face-to-face throughout the year is plentiful but especially at the numerous Christmas Fairs held over the Island.