Things to do in Granville Island

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Granville Island, Vancouver

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  • Brian S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great spot for arts, entertainment and a wide variety of cuisine. Highly recommend a visit to this tourist destination!
    Written February 24, 2024
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  • Jlyndon
    Columbia, MO19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really fun place to spend the day (especially if you have a rainy day). They had amazing options for lunch and we brought back Lees donuts and fruit to our room
    Written February 28, 2024
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  • MajorSteve
    Prestonpans, UK46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun way to get around the southern shore of downtown and cross False Creek for Granville Island and the Olympic Village. We spent a day hopping on and off. Simple, fairly cheap and very frequent
    Written January 28, 2024
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  • Rachel S
    Auckland Central, New Zealand7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We decided to sample some of the beers on offer. We chose the ten 5oz beer selection. This gave us the chance to try beers we would have been unlikely to otherwise order. It was a great little spot.
    Written April 27, 2023
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  • Nora S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely cocktail bar with warm ambience. The bar itself is from the 1890s and seating made from reclaimed wood. The bartenders really know their drinks and there is something unique for everyone (except children😜). The craft spirits are distilled onsite in a beautiful copper still. Try a sampler flight of gin and/or whiskey. It highlights the wide range of flavors - all delicious!
    Written February 9, 2024
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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson18,350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What you see is, well, what you get from the experience. There are actually 2 distinctly different perspectives. Up above, crossing the bridge with the mass of humanity (presumably trying to get to work) a closer look shares an historical perspective. We did not travel by car above as our perspective was more water-level oriented (via False Creek ferries).

    But did you know this 1932 era bridge (it has been updated so breathe easier as you transverse it) gives its "propers" (i.e. recognition due) to the brave BC soldiers who served the country and the world during WW II.

    If you cross the bridge (street level) then you will see the lighted braziers to remind us all of the heat and light the soldiers would have had as their mainstays at that time. Burn those braziers forever and never let us forget the sacrifice of your kin.

    However, from the underside of the bridge (think False Creek here), we see a different view of this 75+ year old beauty with many stories to share. Just as a reminder, the bridge has had attention paid to its infrastructure. Let it rest there. Believe it is whole and will endure. Don't think twice about it as you travel across the span.

    Captain Vancouver and Sir Henry Burrard-Neale are the "heavies" for which this span is so named. These were British officers/soldiers (no surprise there, this is Canada after all) and, surprisingly, they both died at about age 40.

    A discovery here and there amongst them, a recognition well deserved, and the end-game is Vancouver bears Captain Vancouver's name. And so be it. Winners get to write history.

    Fast-forward to today: the bridge is a beauty when viewed from water level (courtesy of the ferry system) and the Art Deco design on display is pure delight. Brush all the politics aside, enjoy the vista from the underside of the bridge as it welcomes the great sea into the False Creek waterway.
    Written August 27, 2021
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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson18,350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Since our first visit here 2 years ago, not much (if anything) has changed. Although it wasn't all that crowded (Canada first opens its borders to Americans on Aug. 9th), with visitors/shoppers, everything seemed really packed tight, like sardines in a tin.

    I think we would have done some serious shopping if we could have waded through the excessive quantity of merchandise. Sometimes less is really best.
    Written August 29, 2021
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  • Beckie D
    125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This wad a destination gallery for us, in the touristy area of Granville island. The artwork was incredible with a wide range of media and knowledgeable staff. Well worth a visit.
    Written October 2, 2019
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  • jaybird135
    Los Angeles, CA48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Benton is a great place if you love cheese. They have a decent variety that includes cheeses from all over the globe. The staff are knowledgeable and great with answering questions about differences among the cheeses. Definitely stop by this shop when visiting the Granville Island Public Market.
    Written January 6, 2023
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  • BKKPeter
    Bangkok, Thailand431 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I've written before about Masa Shiroki at Granville Island's Artisan Sake Maker. Making use of Vancouver's "super soft" water he's been producing some very nice products (and they're fresh). It's worth your time at Granville Island to pop over to Railspur and do a light tasting with him.

    But this is more of a focus on one of his newer products.

    I've long been a big fan of his Osake Junmai Sparkling. For me, it's the best of the sparkling sake out there, at least of what I've tasted in Canada, the US, and Thailand. And that's a head on comparison of similar products.

    Mirai is something different. Here Masa is trying to develop something to compete more against sparkling wines than against sake. The result is interesting, and well worth drinking.

    My notes from the tasting gie some guidance.

    First impression in the glass is a storm of bubbles. There's a slight aroma of tropical fruits - papaya, banana.

    In the mouth there's a first tang of yeast, and then a thick umami mouth that gets quickly cut up by the bubbles. The flavour blossoms in your mouth after a few seconds. The expression is neutral - not sweet, not dry.

    The side of the tongue and the top back of the mouth respond to the blossom, and hold it there for a long finish, lingering on the top of the palate. It hangs around, remind you it's there.

    This would match very well with most of the things you would take champagne with, and might be a bit more versatile in that it can easily complement rice dishes, which can be tricky with some grape based sparkling.

    Me, I'd be happy having this with sevruga caviar, the fish and salt being a good complement. We drank it with a mushroom risotto, and the result was quite satisfying.

    Where it wouldn't work would be with particularly strong flavours (Thai curries for example)

    As a production note, this is a corked sparkling. Summerhill in the Okanogan is doing the final stage of this product and handling the bottling.

    Overall, this is good company for Japanese or Western cuisine.
    Written December 3, 2021
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  • Mimiinthecity0407
    Richfield, MN376 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Imagine how fun it is to have a tap room in an unexpected location! The food was more gourmet than expected, too. Beer was very good and cold. We had the chicken wings and margarita pizza.
    Written August 16, 2019
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  • Madison H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Been three times now and can't wait to go back. Love the actors, production team and the atmosphere so much. Everyone is so talented. Favourite Vancouver activity!
    Written November 19, 2023
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  • Johnprd
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had the chance to visit the Karen Cooper Gallery while in Vancouver.
    What a great JOY it was! We were fortunate to meet Karen and talk with her. The many gallery images were every bit as brilliant as the reputation we’d heard of Karen’s creative photo art expertise.

    For six years, we’d been searching for a piece of art to adorn a space in our waterfront condo in downtown San Diego. And, there it was! Dream Keeper!
    This awesome 80 X 35 image now graces our primary bedroom and can been seen down a long hallway the minute one enters our home. It reminds us of the rainforest trails around our home on Harstine Island in Puget Sound. We are thrilled with it and grateful to Karen for creating this cherished image.

    Hearing the story from Karen of the quest to capture the image of Dream Keeper added to our delight. Plus, Karen and the gallery staff made the process of safely shipping this large piece of art to our California home very simple. We look forward to visiting the Karen Cooper Gallery every time we are in Vancouver and have been encouraging others to do likewise.

    -Craig & John
    Written September 10, 2023
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  • rossdmd
    Panama City Beach, FL856 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can't miss them if you stroll around Granville Island and they are definitely worth checking our from a distance. The detail is impressive and this area is big for art, so it just makes sense.
    Written May 29, 2022
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  • John M
    New Port Richey, FL740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Ukama Gallery was a treat. It held the works of Candian contemporary artists' work as well as a focus on Zimbabwe sculptors. The sculptures were intriguing. Our reception at the gallery was professional, and everyone working there was very pleasant. This is a don't miss place.
    Written January 26, 2020
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