Thank you Vancouver Island! | Vancouver Island Market

Thank you Vancouver Island!

We did it Vancouver Island!  We broke our record of 30,000 + expected over 3 days at VIM’s first winter market at Nanaimo North Town Centre (formerly Sears building).   

On Friday, Dec. 14th – we opened the doors to the public at 10am and folks flocked in from all 4 entrances to shop our 200+ local wares from across the island.  

Just after 11am on Friday, there was a power outage in the North end of Nanaimo that lasted over 2 hrs and we were left with emergency lighting and no internet for the duration of the outage.  Luckily, most of our vendors were not effected by this incident and our shoppers continued to shop and support all the hard working vendors that participated in our event.

Our licensed area sponsored by Longwood Brewery  was serving their signature beers, Meridale Ciders and white and red wine all weekend.    This was the first time we provided an open local craft beer experience and folks who came to enjoy performances by Paul and Jess Rocks on Friday, Eric Harper on Saturday and Dennis Atkins on Sunday really had an amazing time.

 On Saturday, we had a consistent flow of people throughout the day and time flew by with shoppers participating in games like “Last Minute Santa” and winning VIM bucks to spend with our local vendors.

Shoppers showing off their goodies at VIM
Sunday draws one of the largest crowds in thousands for a final local shopping experience.

On Sunday, Nanaimo News Bulletin visited briefly and captured the essence of our event.  

We’d like to thank all our sponsors, partners, volunteers, family and friends for being a part of our VIM network and all the vendors who took part in this historical event.


  1. Cathy McClelland on December 17, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    would love to take part in this event next year if you are putting it on…I am a quilter and fabric artist. Went to it on Sunday and was very impressed, lots of different vendors and very pleasant to speak with them and see all the goodies…

    • Mei Dunlop on December 19, 2018 at 1:02 am

      Thank you! Please don’t forget to subscribe to our blog posts, and social channels when we send out future market dates!

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