Bookings for 2024 Now Open!

The Lax Süülda Container Market offers regional small businesses and artisans the opportunity to showcase their products to international visitors via the cruise terminal next door. The name was selected with support, direction, and permission from the Ts’msyen Sm’algyax Language Authority. In Sm’algyax, the language of the Ts’msyen People, “Lax Süülda” means “on the ocean.” The name choice highlights the importance and significance of Ts’msyen language and culture in Prince Rupert, as well as the community’s deep-rooted connection to the ocean and surrounding environment.

Bookings for the 2024 season are now open! Daily market tables are booked on cruise call days with more than 500 passengers. Market table vendors are required to operate their market table from 11am to 2pm. Each market table is a $30 CAD+GST fee (includes table and chair).

We look forward to seeing you at the Container Market this season!

Interested in applying to be a vendor?

To decide if our market is right for you, please review some of the key details below:

  • Hours of Operation Requirements:
    • Container vendors are required to be open at minimum within 30 minutes of ship docking until 5pm or 30 minutes before ship departure, whichever is earlier. Vendors are welcome to operate additional hours between 8am-8pm, at their discretion. Market tables operate from 11am -2pm on cruise ship days, with setup starting at 10:30am.
  • Vendors are responsible for providing their own point of sale system and cash float. Vendors must be able to accept credit card payments and US cash (1-1 exchange rate with CAD cash is acceptable).
  • The Market is open to retail businesses, artists, and local organizations.
  • Selection criteria favours businesses that are local to Northwest BC, with few or no existing storefronts in other communities, and that offer a unique product from other offerings in the area.
  • Ineligible vendors include representatives of direct-sale businesses such as Avon, Scentsy, or Pampered Chef etc, as well as agents or sales representatives of global companies.
  • Food\Beverage products must comply with the Guidelines for the Sale of Foods at Temporary Foods Markets. Please be aware that you must obtain pre-approval from the Northern Heath Unit for many food items. It can take up to two weeks to get approval so please allow time.

For inquiries about renting entire container units, please contact

Project Sponsors:

Seed Funding for the Development of the Lax Süülda Container Market was provided by Northern BC Tourism Association (NBCTA) through the Province of BC’s Targeted Regional Tourism Development Initiative Fund (TRTDI).

Support for land-use and the installation of electrical at the site is provided by the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

Thank you to all of our partners and sponsors!