Back in the 1900s Granville Island was home to hundreds of factories. Over the last century Granville Island had gradually evolved into a leading Vancouver attraction for both locals and visitors. Obviously the vast majority of factories are no more with the exception of a small concrete plant and a mini boatyard. Most of the heavy industries are now replaced by a plethora of different tenants that combined to give Granville Island its present allure.
Granville Island is centrally located in Vancouver along False Creek and is easily accessible by foot, public transit (try the Aquabus!), and personal vehicles (parking shouldn’t be a major issue considering the popularity). Granville Island is home to various artisan shops, markets, restaurants, theaters, and many other attractions all within a few blocks of each other. Regardless of age, gender, or budgets Granville Island has something to offer for all visitors (and the photo opportunities are endless with such scenic backdrops).
My personal suggestions:
- Grab a beer at Granville Island Brewery
- Visit Granville Island Market (every major city has a market like this… Pike Place in Seattle, St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, etc… but it is still worth a visit)
- Catch an Improv at the Vancouver TheatreSports League (the late shows are not children friendly = funnier)
- Walk along the pier and you will find some interesting photo-ops… or people watch
- Looking for good places to eat? From cheapest to moderately priced: Go Fish for some dockside fish and chips (it is 2 minutes outside of Granville Island), Edible Canada, and Bistro 101 @ Pacific Institute Of Culinary Arts.
- Consider visiting the Kid’s Market @ Granville Island if you have small children (there is also a small water park during the summer)
A typical visit should take no more than 2 hours but due to the diversity of attractions one can easily spend a better part of the day to tour Granville Island alone! I’ve been a Vancouverite for almost 10 years now and I am still drawn to this little piece of land… and there is no reason why any visitors to Vancouver would want to skip Granville Island from their itineraries.
Got questions or suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!