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Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
November 12, 2011
From journal Vancouver Fun
June 21, 2006
From journal Grandville Island
New York, New York
November 4, 2004
From journal Next Stop: Vancouver
October 11, 2004
Well, this trip, I made the ferry ride to see what I had been missing. To call Granville Island Public Market, JUST a farmer's market is like calling the Grand Canyon just a hole. This is the granddaddy of all farmer's markets.
Once you hit the front door, your senses go into overload. There are vendors all over selling all kind of foods. There are butchers, fishmongers, bakers, green grocers, and dairies all setting up shop here, selling their goods. You can walk around and find food stands from all over the world: Indian, sushi, German, Chinese or French Crepes. If you crave it, you can most likely find it here.
I had a great time seeing all the local produce. In September, all the fresh, local blackberries were in season, and they were the biggest berries I have ever seen. I went over and saw the fresh salmon booth. I got a sample of local smoked salmon and it was outrageously good.
I was lucky that I didn't have lunch in Vancouver before! I now had time to explore the stalls and put together my own perfect lunch. I got some fresh summer sausage from Oyama's, I found some local goat cheese from a stall called The Milkman , I found some fresh-baked rolls and got a pint of local, freshly picked blueberries and a homemade ice tea. I could not have asked for a better lunch and the price was less than C$6 for all of these treats! I then took my lunch and headed outside. I sat on the cement steps and looked across at the city of Vancouver; the sun had finally come out. I watched and listened to a few street acts while eating; one guy sang sad French ballads, the other guy was a juggler from Australia.
I had to ask myself - could there be a better lunch anywhere in Vancouver? Here I was munching on some of the freshest local food I could find. Each bite was worth remembering. Here I was sitting outside with a million-dollar view of the water and of the city. Restaurants charge double for a view like this! I even had free (okay, I did tip them), live entertainment. Plus it was downright cheap! I quickly decided this was the BEST lunch stop of all of Vancouver.
The market is open 7 days a week, all year long. Their hours are from 9am until 6pm daily. The ferry from Hornby Street costs C$2 each way. Granville Island's webpage is Granville Island.
From journal Meeting IGO UGO North of the Border
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 15, 2003
First, there is the food. The market had fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, flowers, bakery items, and lots of other food stuff from local farms and companies. I was like a kid in a candy store . . . or an adult in a candy store. We were looking for picnic items for a cruise on the water (see my boat rental entry). I expected to grab a couple things and be done in about 15 minutes. An hour later, we were still picking things out. By the time we had finished, I had eaten an ice cream cone, a bratwurst, fruit, and rice pudding. Plus, we had enough food for a crew of five. There were so many things that I wanted and the atmosphere was really fun. The market closed around 6pm on the Saturday we visited.
Second, there are the outdoor cafes. We had a couple of drinks outside at Bridges. You can watch the boats go by, people watch and just hang out. The weather was perfect, so it was an ideal day.
Third, there are usually live performers of some sort. We watched and listened to some musicians for about 20 minutes (this was during my ice cream phase of the eating).
Four, there are some fantastic art studios and artisans throughout Granville Island. Go from the market to the studios and you will find every kind of artist you can imagine (i.e. painting, sculpture, silk, baskets, metals, pottery, etc.). The artists are organized into a variety of collectives and you can actually see them working. This makes it much better than going to a fancy studio.
Finally, there a some other fun things to see and do near the markets. You can rent a boat, visit a museum (i.e. the model ship and train museum), go in the children's toy market, buy fish straight off a boat, or just roller blade around.
From journal A Perfect Vancouver Weekend
Vancouver, British Columbia
June 9, 2003
If you are planning a trip to see this market, and Vancouver for that matter, I recommend taking an aquabus for a tour around False Creek. This will cost you C$6/person and will take approximately 15-20 minutes. The water bus service is located behind the food market. Once out on the water you will have a great view of the Granville Street bridge, the Burard Street bridge, BC Place, the sea wall (the area that was used for the Vancouver Expo), and Science World.
Parking is hard to come by in the market, so if you are driving (and you don't feel like wasting time looking for a spot to park) park along one of the side streets surrounding the market. Also, if you are coming in from downtown Vancouver, check into the aquabus service, because there are pick up spots all along the False Creek area! See this website or this one.
From journal Vancouver! Vancouver!
May 30, 2003
It's a social kind of place where you can meet locals and make new friends. It's a great place to spend some time relaxing, and if the sun is shining, all the better.
The market is a must-see, especially for people travelling on a budget -- you can get good, cheap, FRESH food.
From journal Vancouver Summer Folk Festival
by Club Fred
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
October 25, 2002
Artists and art lovers will have a ball. This is the home of the Emily Carr Art College and student works are often displayed. Kids will go nuts over the Kids Only Market (Parents hang onto your credit cards tightly). My husband and I spend most of our time there on the docks sizing up the boats. There's lots of fun, funky shops and usually one or more street entertainers to please the crowds. Food lovers and gourmet cooks can get lost in the main market area - I never leave without a couple shopping bags full of tasty treats. Again, this place made my list by offering something for everyone.
Granville Island is a place where I take all my out of town guests and it's always a hit. Parking is almost always a nightmare so save yourself the trouble if possible. There are water taxi's that will ferry you across False Creek. (They also go to other locations such as Science World. False Creek Ferries Ph# 604-684-7781 or Aquabus 604-689-5858.)
You'll find several places to eat on Granville Island from fast food fare to upscale dining at Bridges or Mulvaneys.
Granville Island is also home to The Arts Club Theatre but that's another one of my top 10 picks so you'll have to read on!
Note: Summertime will be a zoo here, be patient. Small children love to hang out on the deck at the back of the market, dance to the street entertainers and chase pigeons...some seriously cheap fun.
From journal My Vancouver Top 10
by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
August 16, 2002
There were extensive displays of multi-colored pastas, raviolis, and sauces. You could buy sausages from mild to "Damn hot sausages". There was even a case that contained about 30 different types of olives.
The selection of fresh flowers at the market was outstanding.
At one end of the market was the Blue Parrot restaurant where you could sit down and get a drink and light snack. It was a joy to walk through the market and view the extensive displays of foods for sale.
We made the mistake of eating lunch before we went to Granville Island. I would go hungry next time, there are many places to buy sandwiches, sausages, fruits, and drinks. It's a great place to stock up on food needs for your vacation days.
From journal Planes, Trains, and Ferry Boats to Vancouver
December 18, 2000
There are also a number of small restaurants offering international cuisine that can be enjoyed indoors or out on the patio overlooking the water. Follow it up with some of the yummy fudge that's sold near the center of the market.
From journal British Columbia: Vancouver