Things to do in Granville Island

Top 10 Things to Do in Granville Island, Vancouver

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  • KathieP3256
    Santa Clarita, CA15 contributions
    When we visit Vancouver, Granville Island is always our favorite place to go. We love Granville Island Tea Co. and all the delicious places to eat. The shops are all great, and views of the city spectacular.
    Written January 24, 2023
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  • Filip
    Podgorica Municipality, Montenegro37 contributions
    Great selection of fantastic food. It is a real experience to make a sandwich from ingredients from different stalls..
    Written January 31, 2023
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  • Tatiana G
    Calgary, Canada16 contributions
    It's great to feel like a kid again when you're riding a colorful and fun water taxi and enjoying the sights and sounds of the harbor.
    Written January 6, 2023
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  • Kathryn R
    Lansing, MI35 contributions
    Great experience. We had a party of 13 consisting of adults and teenagers. We were seated outside quickly at two tables. Enjoyed the beer. Good burgers. Somehow one of the kids' orders was missed, however the waitress was fantastic and got the order in as soon as it was brought to her attention and our bill was adjusted without our asking. Food menu is limited, but good and was served quickly.
    Written July 3, 2022
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  • Michael L
    2 contributions
    We've done an annual private event with Liberty since 2016 and Lisa, Rob, and crew have been amazing every year. Their service is exceptional, cocktails are top level, and the best craft spirits around.

    The setting is fun and welcoming with great atmosphere. Recommend for events of drop in for a cocktail!
    Written December 9, 2022
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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson18,229 contributions
    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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  • jaybird135
    Los Angeles, CA39 contributions
    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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  • Beckie D
    125 contributions
    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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  • BKKPeter
    Bangkok, Thailand426 contributions
    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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  • Travel11223344
    Edmonton, Alberta202 contributions
    We stopped here while on Granville Island. It was good for a short visit, though we aren't into art really.
    Written March 14, 2016
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  • Mimiinthecity0407
    Richfield, MN360 contributions
    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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  • rossdmd
    Panama City Beach, FL840 contributions
    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
    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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  • dziran
    Los Angeles577 contributions
    This gallery was the best thing I visited on Granville Island. Her photography is excellent and showcases the natural beauty of British Columbia. On a rainy day I didn't risk buying a print but will order one in the future.
    Written September 16, 2019
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  • Shannon K
    1 contribution
    I have purchased high quality paintings here for reasonable process. I recommend attending, sharing on social media (promoting) and investing in local Canadian Art. It is of the highest quality and from the purest of heart. These artists are so proud of Canada and it shows in their work. An excellent place to buy art.
    Written October 2, 2020
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