Vancouver Island has a delightful community of local makers – perfect for shopping local this holiday season. YAM has a guide of 5 Holiday Fairs to explore in the Victoria area.
Victorian Christmas Craft Fair
November 16 and 17, Saanich Commonwealth Place: A celebration of unique local artisans selling their wares the old-fashioned way.
Owl Designer Fair
November 22 to 24, Fernwood NGR: This fixture of the Victoria Christmas craft-show scene happens every year in Fernwood. Don’t miss the unique stockings by ModernFair. owlfair.com
Out of Hand Modern Market
November 22, 23 and 24, Crystal Garden: A highly curated selection of handmade goods featuring more than 100 of Western Canada’s most talented artists and makers. Look for ZULA Jewelry’s delicate tree-inspired pieces. outofhand.ca
Touch of Salt Spring Craft & Art Show
December 6, 7 and 8, Saanich Fairgrounds: The first iteration originated on Salt Spring Island in 1991 and has since grown into a huge exhibition of more than 230 crafters and artisans. atouchofsaltspring.com
Moss Street Holiday Market
December 14 and 15: The holiday edition of this popular local market features over 80 vendors offering locally made crafts, cards, art, clothing, jewelry and household items, along with plenty of tempting seasonal foodstuffs. mossstreetmarket.com