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The Granville Island Public Market is an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, handmade soaps and bath products, fresh pasta and seafood, delectable bakery goods and gourmet cheese, and fast-food counters. This 42,000-square-foot (3,900-square-meter) public space has its own unique atmosphere, especially from mid-June through October when an additional Farmers Market is located here. These local vendors pride themselves on offering freshness and variety, and much of the produce is harvested on small, family-run farms.
Locals and tourists alike come here to buy goodies. If you want to rustle up a picnic, the patios and parks nearby offer plenty of relaxing spots to people-watch and enjoy your meal. It’s easy to spend a few hours or an entire afternoon exploring this entertaining market. Street performers are a permanent presence, singing with open guitar cases ready for spare change, juggling, and creating balloon animals for the kids.
The island itself has evolved over the years. Once a gritty industrial park of ironworks, slaughterhouses, and sawmills known as Industrial Island, it’s morphed from the 1970s into a people-friendly destination with diverse offerings. Today, these include upscale seafood restaurants on the waterfront, burger joints, and family-style restaurants offering sandwiches and more. Find trendy boutiques with original clothing items and accessories, custom leather fashions, and handmade jewelry and crafts. It’s all available on Granville Island.
A variety of performing arts festivals, family-oriented shows and events take place year-round on Granville Island. Check the web site for a schedule and details.
Situated on the south shore of False Creek, the island is connected to the rest of the city by a causeway. Try to come by bicycle, ferry, bus or on foot from downtown, as parking is limited.
It's not difficult to spend a whole morning or afternoon at Granville Island Public Market. The list below provides a selection of the things you can do here:
Check out our Vancouver things to do page to discover many more activities while you're in the area.
This downtown hotel on Burrard Inlet shares Canada Place with the Alaska cruise ship terminal and Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Waterfront dining, shopping, and entertainment are 2 blocks away.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital, Robson Street, and Sunset Beach. Granville Island Public Market and Orpheum Theater are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 11 minutes by foot and Burrard Station is 11 minutes.
This all-suite downtown hotel rises 30 stories into the Vancouver skyline, 3 blocks from both the Vancouver Art Gallery and trendy Robson Street, 4 blocks from the Pacific Centre Shopping Mall, and less than 2 km (1 mi) from Stanley Park.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver International Film Centre, St. Paul's Hospital, and Orpheum Theater. Robson Street and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 7 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 12 minutes.
This 5-story Vancouver hotel on Granville Street is 2 blocks from Yaletown and less than 1 km (about a half-mile) from Granville Island.
In the heart of the arts and entertainment district, this Vancouver hotel is half-block from the Orpheum Theatre, 1 block from Robson Street shopping, and 0.5 km (0.3 mi) from BC Place Stadium.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver International Film Centre, Sunset Beach, and St. Paul's Hospital. Robson Street and Granville Island Public Market are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 8 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 15 minutes.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sunset Beach and Granville Island Public Market. St. Paul's Hospital and Kitsilano Beach are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 14 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 21 minutes.