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

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

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 St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3, Canada

Phone: (604) 666-6655

Official Website: Granville Island

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.

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

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 376 reviews. See all

5 Star Rating This place is awesome! Love the vibe, the products, the artistry, the uniqueness of it all. Wish we'd more than an hour here. Next time we will make this our first stop rather than the last stop, and coincide it with a meal.

Marn-Yee Lee - 3 days ago

4 Star Rating Great place for local produce and artisan foodstuffs. Parking at Granville Island is free in many areas, but fills up fast on fair weather days. Watch out for parking signs as time restrictions vary throughout. If using paid parking, note there is an option to pay $14 for 4 hours instead of $15 for a full day.

Morten Rand-Hendriksen - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating My favourite place in Vancouver. Local everything! You can think it, it's there. Fresh too! Everyone here is super nice, and many vendors have been here for 15 plus years!

Arrielle Brown - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating I've been here at lot and I never get sick of it. The unique vendors, huge selection and vibrant atmosphere make it worth it to come, even if you're a local or a tourist. Spend some time here and soak it up.

Henry Armitage - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating Granville Island Public Market is a must go location for anyone visiting the city of Vancouver. Located right below the famous Granville bridge, Granville island is home to artists, merchants, entertainers and craftsmen alike. In the market you will find various food vendors and market stalls selling anything from seafood to handmade chocolate. The market place is a gathering for people of all ages for a good day of shopping, entertainment and good food. On Saturdays and Sundays (when the weather is good), the island is packed with both visitors looking for authentic western market scene and locals doing their weekly grocery shopping. Once you've checked all the things you need to do on your checklist. Either sit down for a coffee in front of a great view overlooking Vancouver Downtown, step outside and be entertained by street performers or feed the pigeons/seagulls your left over croissant while kids run about trying to catch a bird. For a most artistic experience, Granville island is also home to Emily Carr College and the Vancouver Theater Sports Club. Visitors can wonder the streets visiting the various unique and innovative stores of the island or sit down to a great improvised show by the Vancouver Theater Sports Club. After all that, you can sit down for a nice cold beer at the Granville island brewery right next door. Granville island is one stop you will NOT want to miss.

Jimmy Feng - 2 months ago

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