“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 atmospheres …”
Rosehip Hats on Granville Island (since 1997) – Vancouver BC, CANADA
It’s 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. The list below is just a sampling of year-round activities and special events. You’ll find Rosehip Hats in the Public Market on Granville Island throughout the year, on a rotating schedule – check my schedule here.
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 ocean-view outdoor patios in Vancouver – Island-wide, all year long . Don’t forget the wooden decks along False Creek north of the Market for lots of seating areas to enjoy your meals on the waterfront, including Live music and performances (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 during high season (May to September) – weekends and weekdays alike. Pay parking May to September – 11 am to 6 pm – $3 hourly. October to April – 11 am to 6 pm – costs $2 hourly. Parking is free before 11 am and after 6 pm.
Looking for transit alternatives? Find your way to Granville Island via aqua ferries from downtown, or by bus & taxi. Consider walking, biking, or rolling on 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. Click for Hours, Maps, Getting Here.
Hope to see you on Granville Island soon!