Granville Island is one of British Columbia’s top tourist destinations, drawing more than 10million visitors each year.
Situated beneath the Granville Bridge, it is one of Vancouver’s most lively and cultural hubs.
Gifted chefs, artisans, artists, and vendors create a timeless ambiance on the island and keep traditions of apprenticeship alive. Spend a few hours or an entire day among Granville Island’s many attractions, shops and buskers.
The Granville Island Public Market
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The heart of Granville Island, the Public Market hosts more than 50 shops to satisfy your cravings.
This indoor market is a food lovers’ paradise. Fresh fruits from across the province, aromas of freshly baked desserts, and hundreds of handcrafted goods are some of many assortments available.
The market is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Explore the Waterfront
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Explore English Bay by renting a boat or seadoo, taking the False Creek Ferry, or riding the rainbow-coloured Aquabus sea taxis.
For more adventure, go kayaking or paddle boarding on False Creek, or a whale-watching trip to see the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast. Companies like Prince of Whales Whale Watching make daily trips out of Vancouver.
Arts and Entertainment
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Enjoy live performances put on by Arts Club Theatre Company, improv from Vancouver TheatreSports League, and young artists from Arts Umbrella. Or take a seat on a nearby bench and enjoy local musicians, singers, and jugglers playing on the island’s cobbled streets.
For a deeper dive, visit the Nest, a 100-seat black box theatre featuring panel discussions, theatre performances, and dance recitals within its industrial charm.
Brunch, lunch and fine dining
Bread Affair $$
Start the day off right with a passionately crafted loaf at Bread Affair. British Columbia’s first certified organic bakery stays true to its west coast values, sourcing food from local farmers and creating distinguished artisan goods. Try the pain au chocolat.
Address: 1680 Johnston St.
This is one of Granville Island’s go-to restaurants. Edible Canada celebrates dishes from all over the country, with favourites like the duck fat fries. Devour your meal while people-watching out in the window in front of the public market.
Address: 1596 Johnston St.
The Dockside $$-$$$
Granville Island is famous for innovative seafood and terrific outdoor patios. The Dockside has panoramic views of False Creek, a 50-foot aquarium, and a speciality in Ocean Wise-certified sustainbale seafood. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is open seven days a week.
Address: 1253 Johnston St.
Canada’s first microbrewery, since 1984, serves 100-per-cent all-natural, award-winning beers right on Granville Island. Be part of daily tours and tastings at 11:30 a.m, 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Address: 1441 Cartwright St.
Go Fish $
Go Fish is a gem on the edge of Fisherman’s Wharf, just around the corner from Granville Island. This humble shack is a popular spot for the fish and chips, the cozy outdoor patio, and a beautiful view of False Creek.
Address: 1505 West 1 Ave.
The Market Grill, located inside the public market, is best known for its juicy burgers. Enjoy a Market Special burger with a side of poutine or a fresh Caesar salad. Chicken, beef, salmon, and veggie burgers are served.
Address: 1689 Johnston St.
Shopping and gifts
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Unleash your imagination and customize just about anything at this creative shop. Laser printing, photos, illustrations, graphics, and more are all available in this funky and fun atmosphere. Make focuses on locally made unique products that can be printed, embroidered, or laser-engraved.
Address: 1648 Duranleau St.
This shop offers a mix of First Nations artwork, clothing, jewelry, handicraft products and more.
Address: 1510 Duranleau St.
Scented soaps shaped like donuts, cupcakes, colourful fish, and flowers are made in store with organic ingredients and 99-per-cent Canadian content.
Address: #104-1535 Johnston St.