Granville Island

Granville Island is not only home to Vancouver's most popular public market, you will find a wealth of activities and attractions including theatres, live music, art galleries, a kids zone and more

Enjoying a sunny day at Granville Island
Enjoying a sunny day at Granville Island cc licensed photo 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 Granville Island Public Market is open daily with hours from 9am to 7pm. Inside the market you'll find 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. Talented buskers provide live music at various points throughout the island. This part of Vancouver is very popular with both tourists and locals.

Another popular place to visit on the island is the famous Granville Island Brewing Company where you can enjoy one of 5 daily tours complete with 3 4oz beer tasters for under $10. They also offer light meals.

If you have kids, they will love the Granville Island Kids Market where there are 25 fun shops located in a former factory that's over 100 years old. There is also an outdoor pond and a large waterpark that will keep the kids cool on those hot summer days (and it's free). For the cooler or rainy days, kids will love playing in the huge indoor Adventure Zone.

Adults will enjoy the Granville Island nightlife and especially the many options for comedy and live entertainment offered by the island's many theatres.

Granville Island wasn't always the vibrant people place you'll experience today. Its history began as a heavy industrial and manufacturing area. It began falling into disrepair after the war with many fires and the low rent factories discharging pollution into the surrounding water. In the 1970s the area was purchased by the government of Canada who cleaned it up and transformed it into the multi-use gathering 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

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: 1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada

Phone: (604) 666-6655

Official Website: Granville Island

Directions

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

How to get to Granville Island by SkyTrain

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.

Two other great options for getting to Granville Island are False Creek Ferries or the Aquabus which we mentioned above. These tiny ferries connect various points around False Creek and are really a fun way to see some of the city while travelling between attractions. They are privately run, so you will have to pay a separate fare from the transit system.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating Coming from Alberta, it was great to see all the local flesh produce, such a variety. The meat counters and cheese stalls are great, plus the fresh seafood. It's a busy place but we'll laid out, even had a shave ice (which was just as good as the one we had in Hawaii) highly reccomend having a wander through including some of the local artisans

Matt Reeder - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place to grab lunch for the family... we normally grab some fresh breads from the bakery outside the market place, some deli meat, olives and cheese from the market place. And then find a nice spot outside to sit. The food court has good choices as well... however it is normally packed.

Darcy Smith - 7 days ago

4 Star Rating Had a great time here with my family. It was very busy, so if you have anxiety issues with crowds, I don't recommend, as my own was triggered quite badly by the amount of people (so many you couldn't move sometimes!) If that's not a problem, go for the amazing food selection. Everything is quite pricey, as it is a major tourist destination, but try some smoked salmon and watch the boats go by. Great way to spend an afternoon.

Sarah LeSage - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Is it one of the top tourist destinations in Vancouver? Heck yes. Can it get super busy, especially on weekends? Heck yes. Is it still an amazing place to go for local produce, flowers, seafood and art? HECK YES! This place is a top spot for a reason and no visit to Vancouver is complete without a visit here. Make sure you check out OSGEMEOS amazing mural on 21 metre tall silos and Lee's Donuts in the market.

Corbet Rutzer - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I regret not giving this place enough time to look at everything here. It is the most interesting place in my Vancouver visit. Wonderful selection of good quality food choices. Prices are reasonable for its good quality. Store owners are friendly and offers food tasting before you make purchase. It is a wonderful experience in Vancouver. Really appreciates the local atmosphere and friendliness in this market!

Michel Lam - 1 month ago

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