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About Us

The Market’s Mission

Promote community through local commerce and entertainment.

The Market’s Policy Manual contains the rules and regulations which govern the operations of the Market. James Bay Market Society Policy Manual.


The James Bay Market Society was founded in 1995 by a small group of James Bay residents, assisted by a grant from the City. The non-profit Society obtained a $5000 grant from the city of Victoria to start a Summer Community Market.

During the first two years of operation, the Market was located at South Park School (corner of Douglas and Superior). In 1997, the Market relocated to a green space at the corner of Menzies and Superior, where it remains today.

The Market has grown and changed by leaps and bounds since its creation. From a handful of dedicated vendors back in 1995, Saturday mornings now see 50 tents plus gathered together, selling food, produce, art, crafts and services. Locals and visitors alike grab a cup of coffee, pick up vegetables for supper, and soak up the live music.

The James Bay Market Society is now self-sufficient, and hosts an Annual Winter Market (The Dickens Fair) and a Spring Seed and Garden Show (Seedy Saturday).

James Bay Market Society Constitution

  1. Name: James Bay Market Society
  2. Purpose: In the spirit of community living in James Bay we want to promote the benefits of a local market with the intent to foster the uniqueness of this neighbourhood. The purposes of this society then, are as follows:
  • To encourage and develop an awareness of the importance of local agriculture, art and craft.
  • To encourage education about the environment, healthy living and organic farming.
  • To provide a direct sales outlet in the neighbourhood for locally produced goods including: hand-crafted items, art, produce and home prepared foods.
  • To provide an atmosphere that encourages community interaction and participation of the neighbourhood.
  • To acquire, sell, manage, lease, mortgage, dispose of or otherwise deal with the property the society needs to carry on its various objectives.
  • To increase awareness of the benefits of neighbourhood markets.

Created: October 27th, 2018

Looking for a Great Way to Support Local?

Become a Member of the James Bay Market Society and gain voting rights at our annual General Meeting. Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st.

Be a part of this wonderful Community!
Complete the application here: Member Application.