A favourite with locals and visitors alike, Granville Island sits just south of the downtown peninsula, right under the Granville Bridge. Originally home to factories, plants and sawmills, today the island (which is actually not technically an island – it’s a sandspit!) is a hub of activity, and one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theatres, artisan workshops and craft studios.
The best way to access Granville Island is without a doubt by ferry. A small fleet of mini-tugboats criss-cross False Creek, making Granville Island an experience before you’ve even arrived. Keep an eye out for seals as you sail!
Once you’re there, the biggest attraction on Granville Island is the Public Market. Housed indoors, there are endless rows of stalls that feature fresh produce, gourmet foods, baked goods, and seafood. For the food-focused, a walking tour of the market can be a great way to get an insider’s insight. Outside of the market, catch a show at one of the many theatres on the island, browse an art gallery show, or appeal to your outdoorsy side with a kayaking or paddle boarding tour.
4km/2.5mi. 12 minutes by taxi from Fairmont Waterfront.