Friday, September 21, 2018

As Cruise season winds down, Prince Rupert prepares for an outdoor market

The cooler temperatures of September bring a hint of fall for the area and with it the end of the 2018 Cruise ship season, with but three port calls left on the calendar.

The 450 passenger Seaborn Sojourn makes for two of the three, with visits this Saturday and again on October 4th, the latter the last time Prince Rupert will see a cruise ship in port until the Spring of 2019.

The 29th also brings in the smaller cruise vessel Le Soleal, from the Ponant line, making for its only port call in Prince Rupert for this season.

A visit from the Seaborn Sojourn
will provide the backdrop to the debut
of Prince Rupert's Trading Coast
Outdoor Market
Tomorrow's port visit for the Sojourn however will offer the visitors to Prince Rupert something new with the introduction of the Trading Coast Outdoor Market, which will set up in the Cow Bay area around the Hecate Strait Employment Development offices a short walk away from the Northland Terminal.

We first made note of the Market plans as part of our preview of the Trading Coast conference of  earlier this month, which offered up a range of speakers, seminars and workshops for those attending to help them better understand the trends of business and how the small business entrepreneurs can expand their options.

The project is a collaboration between Hecate Strait, Ecotrust Canada's North Coast Innovation Lab and Community Futures of the Pacific Northwest.

From the conference, over forty participants will be setting up as part of Saturday's Trading Market, ready to sell their products and services to those who drop by.

In addition to the commercial opportunities the event will feature food, music and entertainment through the course of the day.

The Port call for the Sojourn starts at 8AM with the vessel taking leave of the Northland dock at 6PM,  the market will be open for business from 9:30 to 3PM ready to welcome visitor and locals alike.

Saturday's market will also help give organizers an idea of the interest in having a more permanent market in place in Prince Rupert, with the feedback from the community tomorrow key to moving those plans forward.

There are still a few spots left for those that wish to be part of the Trading Coast Outdoor Market, you can find out more by calling 250-624-9498.

For more items of note on the 2018 Cruise season see our archive page here.

Further background on the City's Business sector can be explored from our archive page here.

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