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Granville Island
4.5
Neighborhoods • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Islands
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Former industrial site has been transformed into an artsy, posh neighborhood with quaint shops, cafes and bookstores.
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DaveH
Worthing, UK107 contributions
Advice on all-day parking for Granville Island
I hope this tale of our day might help others visiting by car.

We only had one day to see as much as possible of central Vancouver, with a strong focus on Granville Island. We were driving in from Washington and didn’t want to keep moving the car, so it seemed sensible to park at G.I. and walk from there.

Three hours free parking wouldn’t be enough and we suspected that pay-parking on G.I. would be expensive. It turned out we were right - $7.50 for 3 hours or $12 all day.

We parked in the car park just a few metres on the left down The Castings, off Lameys Mill Road. Cost was $7 for 24 hours, 6am-6am. Park and then get a ticket from the machine (cash or cards). Spaces on the lowest level are reserved but there was plenty of space on the upper levels. Parking at The Castings gave us an easier drive as well as lower charges and an interesting short walk onto G.I.

From G.I., we took the ferry across False Creek, walked around Downtown, Gastown, etc, then took the ferry back to G.I.

At least two ferry companies operate - False Creek Ferries and Aquabus. The former goes from the NW tip of G.I. to a pier just NW of Burrard St Bridge, the latter from under Granville St. Bridge on G.I. to the bottom of Hornby St. Details at:
http://www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca/
http://www.theaquabus.com/

We went with False Creek Ferries. If you’re planning to use the same route both ways, ask for a return ticket. There is nothing to tell you that this is cheaper than two $2.50 one-way tickets. Alternatively, buy a book of ten tickets for $17 or a day-pass for $12 and make extended use of the ferries (see map on their website; longer crossings require 2 or 3 tickets). You might, for example, want to return from Yaletown or Plaza of Nations. Or you could return to Vanier Park and walk from there back to G.I., perhaps stopping for fish and chips at the excellent waterfront restaurant.

Whatever you do, you’ll have a lot of fun!

Some other tips…

Be sure to see the waterfront houses on the NE side of the island - very pretty and interesting, and away from the crowds.

If you think you might save the ferry fare by walking across Granville Street Bridge, as I did one damp February day when first here, be aware that it’s much further than you think, because you have to walk right over G.I. There is no direct way up to the bridge from G.I., you have to double back. The views are pretty good though, so you might want to do it one way.

If you’re at all interested in Art Deco, step into the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown (south side of Robson, between Burrard and Hornby). While there, turn left from the lobby towards the side entrance for some of the smartest washrooms in town!

When crossing the border from/to the US using I5/99, the signs advising you of likely wait times at the Peace Arch and Truck crossings seem pretty accurate (pessimistic, if anything). On most occasions, the Truck Crossing was much quicker and well worth the short diversion. The shortest wait we had was about 2 minutes, longest 20 minutes. It looked as if waits going the other way (into the US in the morning and back in the evening) were much longer. This is based on just three return crossings, mind you!
Written September 19, 2008
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tuffy
California299 contributions
Loved the Market, Shops
My family and I (3 kids-13,10 &3) have just returned from a week in Vancouver. I can honestly say that Granville Island was my favorite spot after Stanley Park. There's something for every age. We arrived there around 9:30 A.M. and found parking right away. There's a three hour parking limit and that's plenty of time. After getting breakfast at the market (there's so much there!!!), the kids went to the water park which opened at 10:00. My husband read his book while the kids romped around in the water and played on the water slides. I took the time to shop. By the time we were ready to leave just after 12:30, there was a steady stream of cars and tour buses arriving. One thing we learned, locals and tourists seem to get a late morning start. So, if you're an early bird, you'll never get caught in traffic or a crowd. My husband pointed out to a car in line that we were leaving. The driver was so grateful that he gave us his card and invited us to his restaurant downtown. Another adventure...
Written August 7, 2005
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK615 contributions
Easily one of the top things to do in Vancouver
Sep 2019
Granville Island has so much going on. The top priority would be to visit the market and to shop for local produce and artisan products/gifts. The area is stunning and features gift shops, bars, breweries, restaurants and much more. You can access the island via the seawall and a scenic walk along the banks of False Creek which I highly recommend.
Written September 5, 2019
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,425 contributions
Locals and Tourist favorites
Feb 2020 • Solo
Granville Island is both a local’s favorite and a huge draw for visitors. The Granville Island Public Market acts as a hub of activity, it’s also one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theaters, workshops and craft studios.
Written March 14, 2020
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12Pickers
Yorkshire, UK38 contributions
Granville Island - fantastic place
Granville Island is a great place to lose yourself. Although there is the hussle and bussle of the market and shops - it is a fab place to kick back and watch the world go by. For lunch - try Sandbar and ask for a seat on the terrace - the view is great and your constantly sheltered by Granville bridge - even when it rains! The food is fresh - with a wide selection of local fish and great wines. Service is also very friendly and helpful!

Just a quick note once you have visited the market - don't forget to head up to Granville South, their are loads of home stores and boutiques, not forgetting loads of coffee shops and some more great restaurants that are worth stopping at for dinner!

If you fance relaxing Suki's spa has some great treatments and you feel relaxed from the moment you walk in!
Written October 20, 2005
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Barbara43323
Minneapolis, MN71 contributions
walking to Granville Island from downtown Vancouver is TRICKY
Sep 2011 • Couples
Since we like to walk, we chose to walk to Granville Island from our Downtown Vancouver hotel via the Granville Island Bridge. It's possible to do, but not pedestrian friendly. There are sidewalks, but no guardrails to protect pedestrians from vehicular traffic. Even more problematic is getting off the bridge and onto Granville Island. Since it is quite a tall bridge, the approaches on both sides are quite long. Getting on the bridge from Downtown was relatively easy, but there is NO pedestrian friendly signage and no easy way to get to Granville Island which was our destination. We did figure it out, but it seems that the traffic planners don't think that anyone would walk to Granville Island from Downtown! It should be easy to do! Maybe they're hoping that everyone will take the ferry across False Creek (and we did that on out return to Downtown), but some of us just prefer to get our exercise and walk.
Written October 22, 2011
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amyc82
San Pedro, CA13 contributions
Awesome Market...Something for Everyone!
We took the False Creek Ferry to Granville Island from the Aquatic Centre. The ferry is $2.50 CDN/pp and is a great way to see False Creek and the Vancouver skyline. The Granville Island Public Market is chock-full of wonderful fresh foods. All of the colors there are so amazing...fruits, vegetables, pasta, fish, flowers etc. It is lively and would make for a great breakfast or lunch spot. We had a virgin mojito from one of the stalls there, it was so good that we returned for another the next day! There are loads of shops surrounding the market, most are local crafts and artwork, but indeed worth seeing. Gigi B's had some beautiful chandeliers and other home furnishings that were really unique. We had lunch at Sandbar, the salmon was lovely but a bit pricey for the portion size. There was also live music and a Children's Market as well. Would recommend getting there early as many tours stop here and there are crowds later.
Written May 31, 2007
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OhCurious1
San Francisco, CA461 contributions
A Shopping Must!
Unfortunately, my BF and I didn't get to spend too much time here.

Although, I could of easily done quit a bit of monetary damage there!

The shops were adorable! Perfect place to get that one-of-a-kind gift souvenir!

Make sure you don't skip out on the public market, there's tons to chose from as far as what to eat. My BF and I had a nutritious breakfast consisting of Nutella crepes and a mocha, what a way to start the day!

For a very short ferry ride costing only $2.50CAN (each way) it's well worth it! Wish they had something like this place in my hometown!
Written April 20, 2006
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Jeff S
6 contributions
Vancouvers hidden gem
This is the place we spent most of our time. I will tell you one of the reasons is the FREE parking, which is a change from everywhere else in BC. We took the brew tour which was fun and if you like beer you get to taste a good bit. We also ate at the KEG which the food was great there also.

If you want to get a cheap meal there is a cooking school there that will do 2 for 1 meals, but you have to time the reservation and all the other things to do.
Written February 21, 2006
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UkShell
Skegness, UK3 contributions
granville island B.C. 1.5.6.
Easy travel links from downtown Vancouver, you can buy amost anyting at this market place, the kids market is a bit of a disappointment, i went with 4 year old twins and they were not impressed. You can get something to eat for almost anyone from very early in the morning everything is fresh, washrooms are clean and free and easily accessible
Written May 4, 2006
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