Granville Island


Planning to visit Granville Island?  The articles on this website will tell you where Vancouver's locals and business owners eat, shop and play!  I'll give you plenty of ideas for activities that are free, cheap and fun; and since I wrote the book on Granville Island, I doubt you'll meet anyone who knows the place as well as I do!


Things to Do on Granville Island:


Strangely, most visitors never wander far from The Public Market.  That's a shame because part of the magic of Granville Island is peering through windows or entering studios and watching as artists create everything from blown glass to totem poles.


Granville Island offers just as many activities on the water as on land.  You can rent a boat or a kayak, ride the Aquabus, go for a dinner cruise or even take a water taxi to Bowen Island.  Businesses also offer scuba diving excursions, overnight kayaking trips and whale watching.


The Granville Island theatre scene includes Vancouver's largest theatre company, its best improv, quality children's theatre and a lineup of festivals.  Before catching a show, many locals and visitors enjoy a meal at a Granville Island restaurant or a pint of beer at the Granville Island Brewery.  From scallop burgers to hand-made donuts, here you can sample some the best food in Vancouver


With North America's only free water park and a lively Kids Market, it's no surprise that Granville Island is also a great place for families. Whether you choose to feed ducks, watch cement trucks or look for sea stars, you'll find many fun and affordable ways to spend the day with your family.


Exploring this site will give you plenty of ideas as you plan your vacation, but if you want to read more stories about life on the island then you need to pick up the Granville Island Book. This collection of one hundred portraits and personal life stories is the only book of its kind in Vancouver. 


What's it like to live on a houseboat in Sea Village?  To fall in love with Bill Reid? Or to give up a lucrative corporate career and become an artist? If you read the Granville Island Book, I guarantee you will be touched by the stories of the people who live and work in the "jewel of Vancouver".


Thank you for visiting and enjoy the site.


Karen Johnson
Author and Lead Photographer, Granville Island Book