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The Granville Island Public Market is an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, handmade soaps and bath products, fresh pasta and seafood, delectable bakery goods and gourmet cheese, and fast-food counters. This 42,000-square-foot (3,900-square-meter) public space has its own unique atmosphere, especially from mid-June through October when an additional Farmers Market is located here. These local vendors pride themselves on offering freshness and variety, and much of the produce is harvested on small, family-run farms.
Locals and tourists alike come here to buy goodies. If you want to rustle up a picnic, the patios and parks nearby offer plenty of relaxing spots to people-watch and enjoy your meal. It’s easy to spend a few hours or an entire afternoon exploring this entertaining market. Street performers are a permanent presence, singing with open guitar cases ready for spare change, juggling, and creating balloon animals for the kids.
The island itself has evolved over the years. Once a gritty industrial park of ironworks, slaughterhouses, and sawmills known as Industrial Island, it’s morphed from the 1970s into a people-friendly destination with diverse offerings. Today, these include upscale seafood restaurants on the waterfront, burger joints, and family-style restaurants offering sandwiches and more. Find trendy boutiques with original clothing items and accessories, custom leather fashions, and handmade jewelry and crafts. It’s all available on Granville Island.
A variety of performing arts festivals, family-oriented shows and events take place year-round on Granville Island. Check the web site for a schedule and details.
Situated on the south shore of False Creek, the island is connected to the rest of the city by a causeway. Try to come by bicycle, ferry, bus or on foot from downtown, as parking is limited.
There are loads of ways to experience this attraction. We've put together some things to do at Granville Island Public Market:
Have a look at our Vancouver things to do page to learn about many more activities while you're here.
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre. Robson Street and Queen Elizabeth Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Waterfront Metro Station and Vancouver Waterfront Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sunset Beach and St. Paul's Hospital. Granville Island Public Market and Orpheum Theater are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 10 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 15 minutes.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital, Robson Street, and Sunset Beach. Orpheum Theater and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 10 minutes by foot and Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver International Film Centre, Sunset Beach, and St. Paul's Hospital. Robson Street and Orpheum Theater are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 7 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 13 minutes.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver International Film Centre, St. Paul's Hospital, and Orpheum Theater. Vancouver Art Gallery and Sunset Beach are also within 10 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 6 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Vancouver hotel is located in the business district, steps from Christ Church Cathedral, Robson Street, and Vancouver Art Gallery. Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Orpheum Theater are also within 10 minutes. Vancouver City Center Station and Burrard Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in West End, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Sunset Beach. Robson Street and Granville Island Public Market are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 13 minutes by foot and Burrard Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Rogers Arena and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall are also within 10 minutes. Stadium-Chinatown Station is only a 3-minute walk and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.