Pet parents can still have a day out with their pup at these Lower Mainland Farmers' Markets.
If you've been excited for a day at the Farmers' Market with your pup this summer, we have some good news as not all markets are banning pups this year. OhMyDog! reported earlier this week that Vancouver Farmers Markets are asking locals to leave their canine friends at home this year due to COVID-19, and unsurprisingly, the news was met with disappointment from pet parents excited for their return.
But we can confirm that many markets around the Lower Mainland are welcoming dogs this year, so you can still make plans to enjoy a day at the Farmers' Market with your pup! Burnaby, Ambleside, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Port Moody and North Vancouver all have markets that remain dog-friendly, and you can find all the details at the bottom of this article.
A recent poll by PawSwap's Instagram account showed that 81% of those who voted didn't agree with the reasoning behind the decision of some Farmers' Markets to not allow dogs this year, with many dog owners sharing their confusion.
OhMyDog! recently reported on the explanations given by representatives from local Farmers' Markets regarding the tough decision made by some, but we are happy to share that 6 local markets are still welcoming our furry friends. "Not only are we dog friendly, we are connected to some of the best trails around. Take your dog for a good walk and then come by for a snack from our food trucks and a bit of shopping for fresh local foods," shares Johanna Clark, Chair of Artisan Farmers' Market Society.
"The Burnaby Market is close to Deer Lake Park and can be reached from the lovely treed trails as we are in the City Hall Parking lot, Ambleside Market is across the street from the spectacular 5km Centennial Trail and Lonsdale Market is right by Pacific Spirit Trail which follows the beautiful North Shore water front all the way to the Lions Gate Bridge," explains Clark.
So if you want to take your pup along to a local Farmers' Market this summer, here are some great places to choose from that will be happy to welcome your furry friends.
Where: 1000 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver When: Sundays from May 2 to October 31, 2021 Time: 10am to 3pm
Where: Burnaby City Hall north parking lot, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby When: Saturdays from May 1 to October 30, 2021 Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 575 Poirier Street, Coquitlam When: Sundays from May 2 to October 31, 2021 Time: 9am - 1pm
Where: Leigh Square, 2580 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam When: Thursdays from May 6 to October 7, 2021 Time: 3pm - 7pm
Where: Port Moody Recreation, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody When: Wednesdays from June 2 to October 27, 2021 Time: 3pm - 7 pm
Where: Memorial Peace Park, 11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge When: Saturdays from May 1 to October 30, 2021 Time: 9 am - 2 pm
Where: On the East Plaza of Lonsdale Quay, 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver When: Saturdays from May 1 to October 30, 2021 Time: 10 am - 3 pm