Vancouver, British Columbia, is pretty well-known as outdoor-activity heaven, and with the ocean, mountains, and forests all around, it’s easy to know why! It’s also a world-class city with great food, shopping, and entertainment.
But of all the top things to do in Vancouver, spending a day at Granville Island is an absolute must. This not-quite-an-island island is a little getaway in the middle of the city. Granville Island is a shopping and dining peninsula located across False Creek from Downtown Vancouver.
There is so much to see and do on Granville Island! Definitely more than originally meets the eye, so be sure to allow some time in your Vancouver itinerary to explore this awesome place.
So if you’re ready to visit Granville Island, then this blog is exactly what you’re looking for. It’s a complete guide to visiting Granville Island, Vancouver, including how to get there, where to stay, and of course, the best things to do on Granville Island.
About Granville Island, Vancouver
Granville Island is a small peninsula and suburb located in downtown Vancouver. The suburb of Granville Island covers more ground than just the peninsula itself. However, the best attractions are on the peninsula in whats known as the downtown shopping district. Here is where you’ll find all the attractions below, as well as lots more!
Getting to Granville Island from the downtown area is very easy and can be done by driving, walking, biking, and taking the aqua bus – depending on where you’re located. I talk more about this below if you need more info.
In the heart of Granville Island, you’ll find lots of commercial businesses, including markets, restaurants, a brewery, and more. It’s a vibrant place to enjoy a walk, and many Vancouver locals, including myself, shop here. Although a little bit more expensive than other supermarkets, Granville Island is one of the top places to buy local produce in the heart of Vancouver. Oh, and the food is delicious!
The great thing about visiting Granville island is it can be done all year round. During winter in Vancouver, head to the markets and brewery to hide from the cold. In the summertime, explore the outdoor areas and enjoy the beautiful BC sunshine!
Regardless, Granville Island should be at the top of your Vancouver bucket list!
1. Visit the Granville Island Public Market
The Granville Island Public Market is iconic and absolutely must be your first stop when visiting Granville Island. It is an indoor market with so many different stalls and shops selling seasonal produce, delicious pastries, handcrafted products, fresh seafood, and beautiful gifts. You can honestly explore for hours, checking out all the amazing local products!
The best way to experience the market is to just wander. Get yourself lost, try some free samples, talk to the stall owners, and purchase a few things to eat! It’s also a great place to pick up a souvenir or gift from a local artisan.
2. Join a brewery tour at Granville Island Brewing
Those who know us know we love craft beer. You’ll often find breweries on our guides to cities, and why not? Craft beer is so delicious!