Granville Island, Vancouver

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    Granville Island - My Favourites

    by IreneMcKay Written Apr 13, 2015

    There were two things I liked about Granville Island. One, as I said in an earlier tip, was the views of Burrard Bridge from it.

    The other was the marine market. The reason I liked the marine market was that it was on a lovely picturesque marina. Also there was a working boat repair place in this area. I found this interesting to have a look at. It is busy so be careful not to get in the way or knocked down, but it was fascinating to watch people working on repairing or cleaning boats.

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    Granville Island other than the public market

    by IreneMcKay Written Apr 13, 2015

    Granville Island used to be an industrial area. Apparently there is still a cement works here, though I did not see it. There are several sights other than the public market. There is Railspur Alley with its craft shops, a distillery, a brewery and a children's market. There is also a hotel.

    One negative thing I do have to say about the area was there were too many cars. An almost continual line of them getting in the way and spoiling my photos!

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    Granville Island Public Market

    by IreneMcKay Written Apr 13, 2015

    We went to Granville Island by ferry, but you could also take a bus.

    The first thing I liked was the view of the beautiful Burrard Bridge from Granville Island.

    The first place we visited on Granville Island was the public market. The market is an indoor market selling an assortment of things such as fruit, vegetables, flowers, a wonderful assortment of breads, cheeses, cold meats, honey, ice-cream cakes. It also sold non-edible things. We tried some of the breads. We ate them outside overlooking False Creek and were soon joined by some very eager seagulls.

    I quite liked the public market though it was not the best market I have ever been to.

    At the seating area outside the public market there was a young girl singing. She sang really quite old-fashioned style songs, the sort of thing someone like Jim Reeves would have sung, but she had a really nice voice.

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    Granville Island Public Market

    by briantravelman Written Jul 16, 2014

    Granville Island Public Market, is Vancouver's busiest market. You can find everything from fresh fish and pastries, to fruits and vegetables, to local homemade crafts and knives. In addition to its many shopping opportunities, the market also houses several restaurants, which serve everything from American fast food, to Japanese and Greek food.
    I had originally planned to do some souvenir shopping here, but the market was loud, overcrowded, and a bit expensive, so we didn't end up buying anything, but we did get lunch from one of the restaurants. My cousin had a mushroom cheeseburger, and I had a Greek gyro pita.
    They also accept U.S. currency, which is a huge plus!
    The only thing I would really complain about, is the huge crowd, and all the restaurant seats were taken. I expected the market to be packed, but not like this. It was pouring when we arrived, and the market was the only place, where you could escape the rain. I think that's why it was so crowded. As cool as it was, I’m glad it finally stopped raining, so we could get out of there. I had enough of the huge crowd.

    Even if you're not interested in buying anything, the market is still worth visiting just to have a look around, and experience Canadian market culture. But if you’re claustrophobic, and don’t like crowds, I would avoid this place.

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    Granville Island

    by briantravelman Written Jul 16, 2014

    Despite its name, Granville Island is not actually an island, but a peninsula, located in False Creek.
    The name Granville actually comes from the original name of Vancouver.
    It is one of the city's most popular tourist areas, and is most famous for its large public market, though there is some other stuff to see as well.
    Most tourists just visit the market, where you can buy fresh food, local crafts, and eat foreign food.
    We walked around the entire island, and there are also colorful buildings, a nice hotel, a totem pole crafting shop, and a small park, where you can get some nice views of downtown.
    Although most tourists only come for the market, it's worth seeing the rest of the island as well. And since almost all the tourists are at the market, the rest of Granville is pretty quiet.
    I thought there was only a market here, so it was a nice surprise to see that there is much more here. Once you get out of the overcrowded market, it's actually a relaxing place.

    There is a bridge that leads to Granville, but most people just take the water taxi, which is what we did.

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    Stroll around Granville Island

    by GentleSpirit Written Feb 4, 2013

    Located across from Downtown Vancouver, Granville Island is a neat area for shopping, eating and enjoying the slightly offbeat vibe.

    Granville Island used to be an industrial area, gradually it was abandoned as factories went out of business. In the 1970's the Canadian federal government picked up the tab for redevelopment of Granville Island. Today it is home to a really good market, arts (esp. glassblowing) several schools
    and some fun shops.

    Not much to see from a tourist point of view, but a great place to relax. Lunch by the marina is very very nice:)

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    Good place for local arts, crafts and food

    by oceania26 Written Jun 1, 2012

    Many people when visiting a country look for souvenirs made in Canada but unfortunately many are made in China or other countries. I found that many things are Canadian at the public market in Granville Island. I bought a lovely leather purse which was hand-made by the vendor and cost less than then machine made ones from China.

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    Public Market, great views and more

    by Ann75 Written Jan 26, 2012

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    Granville Island is considered one of Vancouver’s most popular attractions. Granville Island is located along False Creek under the south end of Granville Bridge. This area boasts a large public market with fresh local foods, an extensive marina, a hotel, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (named in honour of the artist), fine art galleries and a variety of shops. There are also several good restaurants and a brewery. It's a great place for a stroll, to enjoy the beautiful views, to have a bit to eat and much more. There are also plenty of buskers (artists/entertainers) all year round with the majority of buskers in the summer time. However these entertainers need a permit before they can perform here and they have their designated areas.

    You can reach Granville Island by car as there is parking nearby. But be aware that it can get very busy in the summer, so a better option might be one of the water taxi's....the Aquabus or the Granville Island Ferry that leaves frequently from downtown Vancouver. You can also get here by bus or walking. A good place to park is at Kitsilano Beach or at the Maritime Museum as you can walk to Granville Island. It's about 20-30 minutes walking from Kitsilano Beach and you'll get to enjoy some great views along the way.

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    Visit Grandville Island

    by joiwatani Written Sep 27, 2011

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    It's really difficult to choose where to eat here because there are so many choices. There's so much excitement in this place just looking at those boats coming and going and looking at those people just chilling. There's a a musician singing French love songs surrounded by people listening to him. At times, people just toss a dollar to his bucket or sometimes they just buy his CD's.

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    Great evening

    by weluv2travel Updated Apr 4, 2011

    There are some great restaurants here but after dinner ask someone about the improve group called Theatre sports league. They have a show a couple times a week. This was the best improve show I'd ever seen. The one girl that was there now plays on a tv show called corner gas. It was a really funny show they performed a rendition of Lord of the rings.

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    Window Shopping down at the island

    by spitball Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Any time of the year, Granville Island is a fantastic market to hit. There is plenty of produce down here, and on the Island itself, you'll find lot's to keep your interest.
    Theatres, shops, ferry rides, the Emily Carr Art School claims some ground down here as well. Woodworkers co-op has a venue where you can browse or shop for gifts.

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    Public Market - Granville Island

    by Webboy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Granville Island has the most outstanding mouth watering public market i have ever seen!

    There are rows upon rows upon rows of fresh fruit, veg, fish and meat.

    It is almost impossible to walk through here and not be hungry at the other side.

    Upon entering Granville Island along Anderson Street, head straight along the road and take a left when the road forks. The Public Market sits to the North West of the Island.

    Even if it is just for the magnificent range of colours on display - you shoulf go if in the area!

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    Granville Island Museums

    by meteorologist1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Granville Island has some museums located across the street from the brewery. They are the Model Trains Museum, the Sport Fishing Museum, and the Model Ships Museum. So if you are intro model trains, sport fishing, or model ships, respectively, these museums are for you. Check web site below for more information.

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    Granville Island

    by madamx Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We made the mistake of visiting Granville Island on a Saturday morning at about 10:30 a.m. However, we did luck out and find a parking spot near the Public Market (whew!). If you have to drive, I would highly recommend getting to the market at 9:00 a.m., when they open, as the place was already packed.

    The Granville Island Public Market is a foodie's dream. I am envious of people on the West Coast as they have the most variety and fresh of produce and seafood. Besides fresh produce and arts and crafts, there's a unique food court and restaurants, such as Bridges.

    There is also lots of gift shops , as well as the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, which consists of many arts and craft studios. For the kids, there is the Kids Only Market which has clowns, face painting, and kid-orientated shops. If you're a foodie, bring a cooler. Even if you vow you won't buy anything, you probably will. Estimate at least 2 hours for shopping, and of course, eating!!

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    Granville Island

    by Jim_Eliason Written Aug 16, 2009

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    Granville Island is tourist central in Vancouver. All activity centers around the Granville Public market and from there the island is full of shops and restaurants. This is also the place from which you can rent a kayak to explore False or English bay.

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