Join in the celebration of our local talent with Etsy: Made in Canada!

Etsy: Made in Canada is a national, community-led initiative celebrating the crafters, collectors and artisans in local communities across the country. From coast to coast, Canadian cities and towns will be participating in this event powered by local Etsy Teams.

And yes, it will also be celebrated in Nanaimo!

The Nanaimo Event

For the fourth year in a row, the local Nanaimo Etsy team is hosting this spectacular 2-day event at Nanaimo North Town Centre. For months they have been working hard behind the scenes to build on the success of last year’s event.

Let’s help make it even bigger and better by joining the celebration and supporting your local artisans.

Over 90 vendors will be at the market selling high-quality handmade goods from makers all across the mid-island (from Courtenay to Duncan, as well as Gabriola). There will also be several food trucks on-site including, Taco Revolution, Georgie’s Pies, Sip and Sliders and Haute Wheels.


  • Saturday, September 28 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 29 – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


The Etsy: Made in Canada Nanaimo event will be held at Nanaimo North Town Centre  (4750 Rutherford Road)


Social Media

Follow Etsy Nanaimo on Facebook for info on vendors and flash giveaways!

I’ll leave you with a few images from last year’s event:

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The Giveaway is now Closed!

Thank you to all who entered.

The Etsy Nanaimo team is generously donating ‘Event Bucks’ to one lucky Vancouver Island View reader!

Prize: $25 worth of Event Bucks which can be claimed and used at the Etsy Nanaimo event

How to Enter:

Answer the following question in the comment section below:

What are you hoping to buy/find at the Etsy Made in Canada Nanaimo Event?

Rules & Information:

  • There is 1 prize available worth $25 in Event Bucks
  • The contest closes on Thursday, September 26 at midnight.
  • One winner will be randomly selected and contacted on Friday, September 27
  • The Event Bucks are only valid during the Nanaimo Etsy Event on September 28 & 29
  • Event Bucks can be spent at any vendor at the Nanaimo Etsy Event (but, as above, must be used while at the event)
  • In order to enter the contest, you must answer the question stated above in the comment section below
  • A valid email address must be used in order to be contacted should you be selected as a winner
  • Winners will pick up their Event Bucks from a team leader during the Etsy Nanaimo event (further details will be sent to the winner)
  • Photo ID may be required for verification


  1. I am hoping to start my Christmas shopping here. I’ve never been to this event and am looking forward to it!

  2. Maria Roselle Chambers Reply

    I would like to shop some new decors for our Living room.

    • At previous events, I noticed a few vendors selling yarn, so hopefully, that will be the case this time too.

  3. Catherine Buchanan Reply

    I would like to find the perfect VI-made 50th birthday gift for a very selfless friend in my life! Thinking about a handcrafted necklace or bracelet! It will be sent all the way to Qatar!

  4. Tina Super Reply

    I’ve been on the hunt for a couple years for the perfect wall spice rack so I always have my eye out for that and then I usually find something else instead. Love locally made items! ❤️

  5. Something for my little nephew! He is now 8 months and growing more every day ????

  6. Robin Pack Reply

    I like to do Christmas shopping early! I hope to find some unique crafts.

  7. I’m hoping to find locally made and handcrafted jewelry, hand made soaps and artwork.

  8. Paige Barney Reply

    One of the vendors is selling oils and sprays, that’s exactly what I’m look long for! 🙂

    • Kathy, you won! Your name was randomly selected as the winner of $25 worth of event bucks. Congratulations! Please look for an email from me about the details on where to pick up your winnings.

  9. Susan Cornborough Reply

    Hmmm. Well Christmas, a baby gift and whatever catches my eye!

  10. I hoping to find some earrings for myself and a birthday gift for a friend!

  11. I’m hoping there will be some local essential oil company! I’ve recently gotten into essential oils but would love to find someone local instead of ordering online!

    • You can usually find a few vendors who sell essential oils. I can also help you out (I’m currently taking courses to become a registered Aromatherapist and sell blends and oils on the side as well). Send me an email if you are interested.

  12. Kylie Mawdsley Reply

    I’d like to find something to hang on my kitchen/dining room wall – maybe something wooden!

  13. Lois Ireland Reply

    I like looking for something that is unique from a maker of fine craft – especially functional art. Someone with original ideas.

    • There are always such great original ideas at these markets, so I am sure you’ll be able to find something nice!

  14. Well, I have not previously been to the market, so it will be interesting to see what is there…maybe some fall decorations? Because, you know, you can NEVER have enough of those! And my daughter loves craft markets. ????

  15. Handmade soaps and silver jewellery are usually my favourite finds at markets like these!

  16. Karen Edgeworth Reply

    I am looking for a little bit of everything. Christmas gifts for my family. Housewarming gift for my daughter. Art for myself ❤ and whatever else that lands in my hands ????

  17. I’m excited to start hunting for things for my daughters birthday and Christmas. ❤️❤️

  18. Shira Lee Kredentser Reply

    Oh, the list is too long! I always come home with lovely things I didn’t know I needed until I see them. And at least ONE pair of earrings.

  19. Dennis Brown Reply

    I am curious to see the collection of creative ideas turned into products!
    I hope to find something that I would like to take home.

  20. Always exciting to see what the talented vendors have on their tables! I will be looking for unique Christmas gifts for the Grandkids.

  21. Marion Calwell Reply

    Looking for Christmas presents, essential oils, soaps, jewelry, locals crafters have the best ideas

  22. Alyssia simser Reply

    Hoping to find some clothes for my toddler and infant and some jewelry!

  23. Melissa McIntosh Reply

    Costume ideas and accessories for Halloween! And some stocking stuffers, starting early

  24. Betty Jablonski Reply

    Wow, this is exciting! I love to find unique and artsy items that would work for friends and family, myself and for our living space.

  25. Looking for something unique and possibly a different niche that I could fill with one of my crafts,
    if I was to join the group.

  26. Kaia Beaudry Reply

    I will be shopping for Christmas gifts for family and friends, looking for women’s clothing for myself, and hoping to find the perfect VanIsle piece of art.

  27. I don’t know what I would like to buy – I’m looking forward to seeing what all will be there.

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