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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 an entire afternoon at Granville Island Public Market. The list below contains a nice selection of the things you can do here:
If you're chasing more activities, peruse our Vancouver things to do page.
Located near the slopes, this Coal Harbour hotel is situated in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of United States Consulate, Robson Street and Canada Place. Vancouver Convention Centre and Harbour Centre are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Waterfront Metro Station is 10 minutes.
Located near the slopes, this Downtown Vancouver hotel is situated in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of BC Place Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Rogers Arena. Orpheum Theater and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 10 minutes. Stadium-Chinatown Station is only a 4-minute walk and Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Granville Street, Sunset Beach, and St. Paul's Hospital. Robson Street and Orpheum Theater are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 7 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 13 minutes.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Rogers Arena and Granville Street are also within 10 minutes. Stadium-Chinatown Station is only a 3-minute walk and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.
Located in West End, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Orpheum Theater, Robson Square and Vancouver Art Gallery. Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Canada Place are also within 1 mi (2 km). Burrard Station is 10 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 11 minutes.
Located near the slopes, this Coal Harbour hotel is situated in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Canada Place, Vancouver Convention Centre and Granville Street. Robson Street and Queen Elizabeth Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Waterfront Metro Station and Vancouver Waterfront Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Granville Street. Robson Street and Sunset Beach are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 10 minutes by foot and Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 11 minutes.
Located near the slopes, this Downtown Vancouver hotel is situated in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Granville Street, St. Paul's Hospital and Orpheum Theater. Robson Street and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 8 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 9 minutes.