Granville Island is a destination on everyone’s “best of” list.
Granville Island is a peninsula and shopping district located in False Creek directly across from Downtown Vancouver, under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge. The peninsula is a major tourist destination and working neighbourhood.
Take a full day to explore this local favourite and its many amenities, including a large public market, an extensive marina, the Granville Island Hotel, False Creek Community Centre, fine arts galleries, and variety of shopping areas. The Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Arts Umbrella education centre for children, Arts Club Theatre Company and Carousel Theatre are also located on the island.
There are more than 70 cafés and restaurants on the island. It is impossible to walk more than a few steps without being tempted by the food stands, restaurants and waterside cafés. The extensive selection of baked goods and other delicious offerings are a food lover’s delight!
Since its redevelopment in the 1970s, Granville Island has maintained a community of craft studios, including art galleries, boatbuilders, a glassblowing studio, two co-op printmaking studios, a fine art print studio, a luthier, a master saké maker, various jewellers, the BC Potter’s Guild Gallery, the CCBC Shop & Gallery, the Circle Craft shop, a wood co-op shop, and woodworkers studios. The Granville Island Directory contains an extensive listing of businesses on the peninsula.
Granville Island Brewing is the name of a beer company that originated on Granville Island in 1984. The company’s main base of operations was later moved to Kelowna, British Columbia. It was purchased by Molson’s Brewery in 2009, and continues to brew small batches of its varieties at the company’s original site, and offers beer-tasting and tours of their brewing facilities.
Granville Island offers many activities on the water. Visitors to the peninsula can rent a boat or a kayak, go for a dinner cruise, a scuba diving excursion and whale watching. See the Granville Island Directory for a listing of businesses offering these services.
Aquabus and False Creek Ferries provide ferry service from Granville Island to Downtown Vancouver including numerous stops in Yaletown, False Creek South and North, and the West End as well as Vanier Park near Kitsilano Beach. Other water transportation options include a taxi service to Bowen Island provided by English Bay Launch.
Granville Island also plays host to a variety of talented buskers, including jugglers, magicians, musicians and other street performers. The main outdoor performance locations are located at the triangle square in front of La Baguette Bakery and the market courtyard behind the public market on the waterfront. Buskers perform at indoor and outdoor locations throughout the island. Performances take place year-round with the majority taking place from May to September.