While visiting Vancouver, you’re in for a special treat if you visit Granville Island, an eclectic mixture of shopping, outstanding food, unique museums, arts, culture, recreation, entertainment and even education. While tourist might like this market, it's a old stand-by for locals who rely on it for their foods and flowers.
The highlight, for us, was the Granville Public Market, with some 45,000 square feet of space and 50 outlets offering you everything from dramatic floral bouquets and freshly baked bread, to gourmet cheeses, seafood, produce—and just about any other food you could imagine. Treats such as strawberries mounded high in their boxes and home-made candies tempt even the strongest of willpowers.
You can eat at the public market, pick up fixings for a picnic, or wander over to the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, where you can dine with food prepared by up and coming chefs. Other restaurants, such as the Chao Phraya Thai Restaurant, which features a delicious luncheon special for two, offer you even more dining options.
At Granville Island Museums, Inc., you’ll be able to enjoy three museums in one and view the vast collections at the Model Trains, Model Ships, as well as the Sport Fishing Museums.
With the largest free water park in North America, Granville Island is a treasure for children. The Kids Markets offers 20 outlets, playgrounds, and the Arts Umbrella for youth.
Art lovers will enjoy the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, as well as the arts and craft center of Vancouver, with arts and crafts and artists and artisans in over 35 studios and galleries.
There are many more reasons to visit Granville Island—as the eight million visitors each year will bear witness to.
Reach Granville by car (3 hours free parking; pay parking in 4 garages); boat (3 hours free moorage); bus (BC Transit #50 and #51); ferry (two ferry companies) and taxi. Or, you could really give yourself a great workout, as we did, by taking the hefty hike from downtown Vancouver, over the bridge, and onto the Island. (We took the ferry back!) For more information, call 604-666-5784, or visit .