on February 2, 2006
Granville Island is a must-visit in Vancouver, an abandoned industrial area converted into a colourful Public Market, art school, shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries, a hotel, and more!Granville Island is easy to find, as it's located right in the middle of the city, on False Creek under the Granville Street bridge. A number of buses are available in the general area, but the no. 50 False Creek will get you the closest to the island entrance, and you can certainly get there on foot as well. More fun options include the local water taxis. The Aquabus or False Creek Ferry will get you there for a small fee, as will the Vancouver Trolley Company's hop-on, hop-off service.So, what to do when you get there? There are tons of options, but here are some of our favourites:The Public Market (open 7 days a week)--crammed with farmers, bakers, butchers, fishmongers, and many other vendors, the market is a symphony and sights, smells, and sounds. Its a perfect place to take a stroll in the afternoon, check out the amazing array of foods, and pick a wonderful snack. Then take it outside and enjoy one of the buskers performing while you snack.Gallery Hopping--there are many studios, galleries, and shops showing and selling all types of art, including glassblowing, jewelry making, pottery, furniture-making, and clothing design. If you like shopping for unique souvenirs and gifts, you'll be in heaven strolling around Granville.Be Entertained--there are many talented buskers and street performers around the island if you're looking for an unscheduled performance. You can also check out the many stages and theatres on the island--there will always be a performance or two going on. There are often festivals going on and many events take place on Granville Island throughout the year. Check their website or a local paper when you're in town to see what happening.Eat and Drink--besides the public market, there are dozens of eating and drinking establishments on the island, from casual to fine dining and everything in between. Many post their menus outside, so you can explore and window-shop for the perfect meal. Don't miss the Granville Island Brewing Company, where you can take a tour of the brewery, including samples!Granville also boasts a kid's market, a maritime market, and the Granville Island Hotel. There is truly something for everyone here, and you definitely won't leave disappointed with your island experience.Tip: Need a quick snack? Try my favourite, La Baguette Bakery, for gorgeous French pastries and breads.
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