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 link various points around False Creek. These are not part of the Public Transit system so additional fares do apply, however they are not expensive.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Hours: The Public Market is open daily from 9am-7pm

Address: 1661 Duranleau Street, Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604-666-6655

Official Website: Granville Island

Map and Directions

How to get to Granville Island on Public Transit

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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