What to do on Vancouver’s Granville Island
Credit: What to do on Vancouver’s Granville Island

Granville Island has long been known as one of Vancouver’s creative enclaves. Once an industrial manufacturing area, it’s now full of artisan workshops, studios, and possibly the most popular farmers’ market in British Columbia. To get to this peninsula, which sits just across the downtown Vancouver, hop a water taxi at the south end of Hornby Street. After disembarking, tour the nearby small art galleries and craft studios, stroll through the daily Public Market, or go for a beer tasting at Granville Island Brewing. The list below is a good place to start for a day or two of exploring this one-of-a-kind area of Vancouver.

Granville Island Hotel

This boutique hotel on Granville Island set along False Creek, features views of the water and downtown Vancouver. Just a short walk from the Public Market, a famed tourist attraction with vendors selling all manner of foodstuffs, including local artisanal offerings.

Granville Island Brewing

Established in 1984, this local brewery offers tours three times a day. Regular brews are named after local points of interest, such as the English Bay Pale Ale and False Creek Raspberry Ale.

Granville Island Public Market

As many as 150 vendors compete for business on any given day at what is arguably Vancouver’s largest and most visited marketplace. The farmers’ market is especially popular, which takes place every Thursday, June through September.

Many of Granville Island’s most interesting shops are actually located outside the boundaries of the Public Market. Here are a few favorites:

Artisan Sake Maker

Owner Masa Shiroki sells and offers tastings of his handcrafted rice wine.

Alder Bay Boat Company

Owner David Bradford practices the almost-lost art of hand-building exquisite wooden rowboats and sailboats. Guests are welcome to stop by and see the expert at work.

The Umbrella Shop

The name says it all. Here, you’ll find a store filled with beautiful locally designed umbrellas.