Granville Island, Vancouver Canada

An island oasis for lovers of art, culture, and food. Once a man-made peninsula jutting out of False Creek covered in sawmills and factories, Granville Island is now a hub for Vancouver artisans, performance artists, and local vendors. Its transformation from heavy industrial trade to tourism and entertainment happened in the 1970s. The island is now centered around a large marina, a boutique hotel, artisan studios, the Arts Club Theatre Company, Granville Island Brewery, and the Granville Island Public Market.

The Public Market houses endless rows of farm-fresh produce, baked goods, unique food and ingredients, and handmade gifts. After grabbing a bite to eat from the market, head outside to watch one of many entertaining buskers and take in the beautiful views of downtown Vancouver from under the Granville Street Bridge. Hop on one of the water ferries to travel to downtown or to Vanier Park near Kitsilano Beach.

Day or night, Granville Island is alive with energy. For the kids, visit the delightful Kids Market that includes interesting toy stores and activities. For the adults, learn how to make specialty beer by booking a tour at the Granville Island Brewery Co. which has a microbrewery right on the island. Food options are a plenty, including fine dining at Bridges, casually cool eating at the Backstage Lounge or quick and delicious options at the Public Market. The Island truly is a foodie’s paradise..