Rosehip Hats on Granville Island (since 1997), Vancouver BC, CANADA
“Picture a place molded by a fascinating history, buzzing with a colourful artistic community. A living, breathing urban oasis filled with fine waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios, unique shops, cafes and the most spectacular fresh food market you’ve ever seen. Add a vibrant and diverse mix of people and activities, and you have a destination so dynamic, no visit to the city is complete without spending at least a day here. Just think of Granville Island as Vancouver’s Town Square. Where locals and visitors come together to be inspired, to be entertained or simply to breathe in some of its unique atmosphere …”
You’ll find Rosehip Hats at the Public Market on Granville Island throughout the year, on a rotating schedule. Please check my Calendar here.
What a treat to spend time on the free & easy Vancouver waterfront in our very own urban oasis! So much to see and do and experience. Here’s just a sampling of special events, as well as year-round activities:
The Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival in August: Family boat-building, knot tying demonstrations, maritime music, boat races and an armada of wooden boats of all kinds to explore on the Granville Island public docks.
Granville Island Farmer’s Market: Thursdays from June to October in Triangle Square just outside the Public Market. Come support your local growers and enjoy the big flavours and goodness of ‘fresh-picked’. The market features everything from seasonal produce to wine, local craft, artisan food products, and more.
Best outdoor patios in Vancouver! – all summer long. Don’t forget the wooden decks along False Creek north of the Market – lots of tables & chairs to enjoy your meals, waterfront benches, seagulls (protect your french fries) and music (ps – buskers love tips!)
The Public Market Food Experience – all summer long. My faves: try an amazing veggie burger with seasoned french-fries from the Market Grill, or a picnic of giant fresh castrelvetano olives, dolmades, ceci (seasoned garbanzos) and orzo salad from Zara’s Deli. So many temptations in the Market – you won’t go hungry!
Granville Island Artisans in the Market: Carefully selected from BC’s best, the Market day vendors are artisans, local farmers, and producers of specialty foods who create, grow or produce their own goods, with pride and passion. From fine jewelry to hand-made soap, from ceramics to gourmet treats, from cutting edge fashion to spectacular visual art – it’s all here to be discovered in the heart of the market. Enjoy the bustling atmosphere and experience truly local shopping. It’s a fresh mix of vendors every day.
Travelers Tips: If you’re driving your vehicle onto Granville Island, you should know this: Parking is crazy on the weekends, and certain times on the weekdays as well. For the best chance of finding a spot, come very early and find free parking for 3 hours, or look for the Pay Lots around the Island. Parking update for 2019 – see below**
Looking for transit alternatives? Find your way to Granville Island via aqua ferries from downtown, or by bus & taxi. Consider walking or biking (or rolling) the False Creek seawall – it’s a spectacular scenic route the whole family can enjoy. Lots of bike racks around the Island, including a secure bike lock-up. Mobi Bike rentals are also available around the seawall leading into the Island.
Hope to see you on Granville Island soon!
** Please Note: Year-round pay parking is coming into effect at Granville Island as of June 1, 2019. From May to September, parking from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. will cost $3 an hour. It will cost $2 an hour during the winter, from October to April. Parking will be free before 11 a.m. and after 6 p.m.