Granville Island

Enjoying a sunny day at Granville Island
Enjoying a sunny day at Granville Island cc licensed flickr photo shared by Noah Sussman

Granville Island Public Market is an extremely popular shopping, entertainment, and tourist enclave located on a small man-made island on the south side of False Creek directly across from downtown Vancouver. Looming overhead is the south end of the Granville Street Bridge that joins downtown with the the rest of Vancouver.

The Public Market is open daily from 9am to 7pm offering fresh seafood, local produce, baked goods and crafts to name a few. There are also restaurants, bars, live theatres and studios including glass blowing, pottery, and custom jewellery. Granville Island also features a large marina, a hotel, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the Carousel Theatre. This part of Vancouver is very popular with both tourists and locals.

Originally developed as a heavy industrial and manufacturing area, Granville Island began falling into disrepair after the war with many fires and the low rent factories discharging pollution into the surrounding water. In the 1970's the area was purchased by the government of Canada and transformed into the multi-use people friendly place it is today.

You can travel from Granville Island to Yaletown and Telus Science World with either of two privately operated passenger ferry services; False Creek Ferries or Aquabus that each link various points around False Creek. These little passenger ferries are not part of the public transit system so you cannot use a Translink fare or day pass to ride them, however their own fares are not expensive.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Directions: Granville Island Map with nearest station(s) and SkyTrain / walking directions.

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:

  • Monday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Address: 1661 Duranleau Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3, Canada

Phone: (604) 666-6655

Official Website: Granville Island

Granville Island Reviews

Overall Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. See all

5 Star Rating Shops, market, food, boats, and a great atmosphere. Really fun. Take a day and walk around the shops. So much artistic talent around.

Jib - 30 days ago

5 Star Rating A must-visit destination for tourists. The island is a great place to browse around. Beautiful market with incredible products. Good places to eat as well. The little ferry boat ride is kinda cool, too.

John Weinhardt - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Love it made up of old industrial building the island has many unique shops, restaurants and parks with great fresh food as well in the market and around the "island" no longer a island sadly

nick ocean - 1 month ago

2 Star Rating A very touristy place with a strange fake feeling about it, but come anyway for the lovely market and catch a comedy show while on the "island"... And that's probably it. It's a shame it's so tedious to access after 9pm from downtown, and the shops close and the public transport ends far too early to combine shopping with dinner and some improv. I suppose that's ok because the shops are pretty pricey anyway.

Simon Butcher - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Definitely worth the afternoon to appreciate the fresh food, the small theatres, the beer brewery and cute shops. The island is right under the bridge, which gives it a really cozy feel. Tbh, everything felt cozy here. We grabbed a coffee and sat by the water, walked through the massive food court for like two hours and had a beer at a small pub. Really loved it. Can't think of any negatives, probably cause they're hidden under the charm this place gives off.

Michael Robach - 4 months ago

Granville Island Map

Tip: Drag the "Streetview Man" around the map to view the surrounding area.

How to get to Granville Island by SkyTrain

SkyTrain Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineWaterfront Station3 Minutes
Canada LineOlympic Village Station3 Minutes

From Waterfront Station take the Cordova Street exit and catch the #50 False Creek South to the stop on eastbound West 2nd Avenue at Anderson Street underneath the Granville Street Bridge. From Olympic Village Station exit and walk west for 2 blocks along West 2nd Avenue which turns into West 6th Avenue. Turn right onto Moberly Street and then right again into Heather Square BAY #2. Catch the #50 Waterfront Station bus for a short ride westbound to Lamey's Mill Road at Anderson Street. From either stop follow Anderson Street northeast beneath the Granville Street bridge into Granville Island.

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