on January 23, 2001
Granville Island is a small peninsula connected to downtown Vancouver via the Granville Street Bridge. The area had been used for heavy industry in earlier years and became a ship building center during the Second World War. Since the sixties, the terrain was hardly used, and the site was totally run-down. A couple of businessmen started to redevelop the area in the 70s and with the help of the federal government, they tuned into a multi-use facility, including industry, commerce and entertainment. The area is now a nice place to walk through. The whole island includes a hotel, several theaters, a huge market place, numerous galleries and shops. It also contains a 'Kids only Market', with many shops geared towards the younger ones. Other attractions you find on the island is an indoor play station and a Water Park with movable water cannons. You can also get a tour in the Granville Island Brewery, a well-known cottage brewer. But the best way to get the feel of Granville Island is to stroll through its renovated streets.
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