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There’s a medieval market coming to the Saanich Peninsula next month


Every other year, the Sealion Medieval Market makes its way to Victoria waters, putting on a show for crowds of guests.

Originally known as “Bitterwaters War” held on Salt Spring Island, Sealion is the annual war between the Barony of Lions Gate (Vancouver) and the Barony of Seagirt (Victoria). 

Since 1998, the battle has waged on between Vancouver Island and the Mainland. This year the event will take place at Heritage Acres on the Saanich Peninsula on May 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(Map provided by Sealion Medieval Market)

The Medieval Market is expected to host 30 local crafters selling fantasy and medieval themed products including fabrics, hand crafted knives, and soaps.

For those interested in participating in the activities, Jen Peters the event organizer says eager guests will be able to get a closer look by sign a safety waiver and pay an extra fee.

While some activities will be open to the public, the clash of the “Bitterwaters War” will remain a spectator sport.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. There’s going to be people camping there all weekend. People can come to the SCA side, learn more about us and experience the real thing right there.”

For those attending for the first time, Peters says guests can look forward to a thrilling weekend with fun activities such as archery, weapon throwing, live battles paired with medieval music played throughout the market and event.

To participate in this fun weekend event, it’s a cost-friendly $10 for adults and free for guests under 19-years-old. Those under 19 must be accompanied by an adult. 

As for Peters, she’s eager to meet all the new faces the event attracts, sharing new experiences and medieval histories with those who attend.

“We want as many people to come out and have a fun time. They are welcome to come out for a little bit or alot and they are welcome to spend more time on the SCA side and try as many activities as they like,” says Peters.

Sealion Medieval Market

  • Where: Heritage Acres, 7321 Lochside Drive
  • When: Saturday, May 27th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Editor’s note: Victoria Buzz corrected this story, published on April 6th that previously stated spectators of the demonstration would be able to participate in the “Bitterwaters War” by signing a safety waiver. By signing a waiver, guests will only be able to get a closer look as they spectate the activity, they will not be able to participate in the actual demonstration. 

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