Take a full day to explore this shopping and entertainment favorite, a destination on everyone's "best of" list. The island ... More
Take a full day to explore this shopping and entertainment favorite, a destination on everyone's "best of" list. The island is five minutes from downtown and has the famous Emily Carr College of Art, shops, restaurants, theaters, galleries, sculpture, performance art, history, and the Kids' Market. There is also a water park and sea kayak rental, canoes, and other water sports. Sample excellent brews at the Granville Island Brewery. At the quiet end of the island, the large Granville Island Hotel awaits guests.
We visited the place late evening (7 PM). I did not see much of activity, almost looked deserted. We had dinner in one of the restaurants (all of them pricey!) and came back. Really did not find anything to do. I came back perplexed - what would a family do there while visiting Vancouver as tourists? I did not try the boat rides there. Could be fun. Granville island is about $10 in cab from downtown.
On Saturday, May 27th, my vife and I took a tour of Vancouver, prior to sailing on the HAL Zuiderdam.
90 minutes of the tour were devoted to Granville Island. During our time at Granville, I was struck by two things. How popular this place is, and, why the heck is it so popular?
There is only one way in and out, which causes monumental traffic problems. Parking is an absolute joke. Furthermore, there are no bargains. Lastly, the atmosphere is totally destroyed by the sheer volume of people who frequent the marketplace. At best it can be described as organized chaos. What could be an interesting experience is ruined by crowding. Of course, I was there on a Saturday. Maybe it is better during the week.
i love granville island because it is so magicial and mistickle there is this jack & the bean stock thing it is so cool you see jack climing up the vin and you see the giants hand trying to get jack there's also these games that you play and win tickets and you can bye stuff with your tickets and there a toy store with lego and cards and watches its really cool there also these rail ways that look so cool and there's a rock store were you bye these coulord rocks and diaminds its reel cool theres also a ball room that leads into a slid that leads to another ball room that leads to this crazy place were everything is wacky and then you go to this stair way that leads you back up into the ball room. Over all i give granville island two thumbs up
I visited Granville Island and found my experience to be indifferent. It was crowded and overpriced. I purchased my lunch at one of the restaurants just outside the entrance. The food and the service were mediocre.
Do yourself a favor- take a detour from this island.
The first time we visited the island we missed out on so many things by not venturing beyond the Public Market. We especially loved the garden shop and the silk weaving studio. You can find all kinds of places to eat too. Spend the day and discover all the hidden alleyways, boat houses, children's parks etc
So much to see and do. Restaurants, bakeries, butcher shops, public market, theaters, arts... and atmosphere. And the fruits and vegetables seem to be better than what I find in the Seattle area. Possibly the import restrictions are less rigid than in the States?
Try the battered halibut and onion rings at the place near the end of restaurant row in the public market. If not, there are plenty of other delicious options to choose from. Then take your food outside to watch the seagulls, water taxis and the other people having a great time; or eat at the tables inside on cool or rainy days.
Also, there is a large yellow building on your right just as you enter the area that has toys, games and 'everything kids' in an open and fun environment. Outside this building is a small grassy park with seating and things for the kids to do while you sip on a cappucino from the nearby espresso shop. It'll take more than one visit to explore everything this area has to offer.
This has been my 4th trip to Vancouver, BC..always no mandatory that I get to Grandville Island Marketplace- first you can walk there, taxi, the city buses, or by water-taxi, just get there! Wonderful sights for the entire family..I mean from ages 0 to 102! LOVE walking around, the places to shop and eat. GRANDVILLE ISLAND has it all. The local artist are there from pictures to hand-crafted jewlery - to home made soaps and farm grown locale produce. LOVE THE PLACE. You have a taste bud it will be greatly happh here at Gandville Island. For the value of time and money there is no other place in Vancouver that compares to this place. I loved Yaletown, Gastown, but I hung out at Grandville Island until they close daily at 7pM. Even if you are into the arts of live performance, yes that is there too. Enjoy, Enjoy Entreat yourself.
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