Parksville’s Summer by the Sea Market offers something for everyone in a fun-filled evening format

Sleeve puppets at Craing Street Market

Sleeve puppets bring smiles to the faces of young and old alike

Take a fine summer evening, combine it with 150 vendors and hundreds of local residents and visitors and you have, in essence, Parksville’s Summer by the Sea Market, also known locally as the Craig Street Market.

Child with candy apple
There are all sorts of special goodies to be found at the Summer by the Sea Market

            The Summer by the Sea Market has become a fixture in the Oceanside area over the past decade, drawing patrons of all ages to enjoy the carnival atmosphere that offers, truly, something for everyone.  Vendors from all over the Island and the Gulf Islands gather to set up their booths each Tuesday evening from mid-June to the end of August, and between 6 and 9 p.m. folks flock to the area that now encompasses several blocks.

            The Summer by the Sea market is most definitely not what anyone would call a farmers market, although there is some fresh produce and other traditional farmers market-style offerings available. What it is, though, is a fun, inexpensive evening out for folks of all ages. Families with little ones in strollers mingle with youngsters, teenagers, adults – even the wheelchair-bound. This is one of those ‘everyone and their dog’ events, and that’s half the charm of it.  If you don’t feel like cooking dinner you can enjoy anything from traditional Texas barbeque to vegan offerings from the food vendors (and top it off with one of the most decadent cupcakes you will ever experience from Coastal Cake Company!).

Coastal Cake Company booth at Craig Street Market

It’s difficult to get a good photo of the Coastal Cake Company’s goods due to the extreme popularity of their decadent cupcakes

In addition to a raft of craft booths selling everything from jewellery to home décor visitors to the market will find at least a couple of opportunities for a massage, a great variety of toys, clothing and accessories geared to the younger set, holistic counselling,  up-cycled vintage finds, beautiful hand-made clothing….and Tupperware!  If you feel so inclined you can just hang out and enjoy the live music. Or you can pan for gold courtesy of an innovative entrepreneur who sells bags of gravel from the Yukon that are guaranteed to have gold in them. There isn’t much that this fun-centred market doesn’t offer – it’s a great way to while away a lovely evening, enjoy the hundreds of eclectic offerings and share some time with family or friends.

Bangle jewellery at Summer by the Sea Market
There is colour at every turn, especially at the booth selling these hand-made bangles.

            The Summer by the Sea Market is organized and run by the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce.  Further information on the market can be found at the Chamber’s website:

 The Summer by the Sea Market is located in downtown Parksville, at the foot of Craig Street where it joins Highway 19A (or the Old Island Highway, as it is locally known)

 Street ViewGPS co-ordinates are:

Lat. 49.320786332495224   Long. -124.31253433227539

N 49 19.247 W 124 18.752wheelchair-m


About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers.
In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.

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2 Responses to Parksville’s Summer by the Sea Market offers something for everyone in a fun-filled evening format

  1. David Morrison says:

    Hey Shirley:

    For your interest, the couple pictured at the top of your post are my dear friends, Catherine and Paul Bezooyen, and their wonderful puppets are called Giggles. I wrote an article about them some years back, which if you are interested you will find here:

    • Shirley Shirley says:

      Thanks, David, for the background and the interesting article – it’s always great to learn more about the folks and places that appear on our website.

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