Granville Island Walk in Vancouver, Vancouver (Self Guided)

Granville Island is a peninsula connected to Vancouver’s downtown area via the Granville Street Bridge. It is famous for being a popular shopping district and features attractions such as galleries, markets and a brewery. Don’t miss the chance to take this walking tour and see the best Granville Island has to offer.
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Granville Island Walk in Vancouver Map

Guide Name: Granville Island Walk in Vancouver
Guide Location: Canada » Vancouver (See other walking tours in Vancouver)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Author: clare
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Granville Island Public Market

1) Granville Island Public Market (must see)

Granville Island Public Market is one stop that foodies and gourmands won't want to miss on their tour of Vancouver. This market is home to over fifty different vendors, peddling coffee, baked goods, local produce, wine, chocolates, and food of every type. Many of these vendors are small business owners that only sell their wares at the Public Market, making this venue the only place where you'll get to experience many of the tastes and smells of Vancouver.

Some of the shops sell Vancouver culinary specialties, like fresh oysters, smoked salmon slices, salmon jerky, or salmon sausage. The Public Market is also an excellent resource for hard-to-find ethnic foods and spices. The city boasts a large population of Asian descent, and the market has a shop dedicated solely to procuring specialty items like Thai chilis, ginseng, kalamansi lime, jujube, morels, chutneys, and more. Other stores sell freshly-made portions of pasta, charcuterie, imported teas, or even different types of salt and sugar.

It's possible to take guided tours of the Granville Island Public Market with Edible Canada. This gives visitors the unique opportunity to see all that the Public Market has to offer, in the company of other foodies.

Why You Should Visit:
Lovely atmospheric place to visit, especially when at its most vibrant on a Sunday.
Plenty to see & do and plenty of choice of food available as well as beers from the miscellany of breweries in the area.

Tip:
You can't get into a drinking venue unless there's a free seat – a strange BC legislative requirement, apparently.
Be careful eating market food outside – some of the baked goods are so tasty that seagulls will steal your meal if you aren't careful.
If you like this market and want to see more, consider checking out Lonsdale Quay – the Lower Mainland's other "best public market".

Operation Hours:
Daily: 9am-7pm
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Malaspina Printmakers Gallery

2) Malaspina Printmakers Gallery

Malaspina Printmakers Gallery is a non-profit artist-run exhibit center. It focuses on the promotion of printmaking as a modern form of art. This center supports and develops traditional print practices. Regular exhibitions held in this gallery advance visitors' knowledge of printmaking.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, from 11am to 5pm
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Kids Market

3) Kids Market

A family trip to Granville Island would be incomplete without visiting Kids Market. It is housed in an old factory and boasts a wide range of retail toy shops, clothing boutiques, a family entertainment center and a food court.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10AM - 6PM
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Granville Island Brewery

4) Granville Island Brewery

The Granville Island Brewing Company (GIB) is a microbrewery originally based on Granville Island in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1984 (as Canada’s first microbrewery), their signature and original product is their Granville Island Lager which is a traditional Pilsner style beer brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Since then, Granville Island has continued to release new innovative beers for all occasions.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Crafthouse

5) Crafthouse

Crafthouse is a non-profit gallery run by the Crafts Association of British Columbia. The gallery displays the items made by local artisans, including glass goblets, wooden boxes, metals, ceramics, glass, and mixed media crafts.
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Gallery of B.C. Ceramics

6) Gallery of B.C. Ceramics

This gallery is operated by the Potters Guild of British Columbia and holds exhibitions for member artists. The artists range from newcomers to those who have established an international reputation. Here you can buy locally produced ceramic cups, sculptures and bowls.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10:30-5:30. Closed Mondays in January.
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Forge & Form

7) Forge & Form

The Forge & Form store is owned by Dietje Hagedoorn and Jürgen Schönheit. This shop has a wonderful selection of very high quality gold and silver jewelry. It is also famous for its collection of unique "tension set" rings.
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Ron Basford Park

8) Ron Basford Park

Ron Basford Park is famous for its inviting Amphitheater. This grassy area overlooking the water attracts the attention of various organizations looking to hold outdoor public events. It is also the perfect place to hold an outdoor wedding ceremony.
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Emily Carr University of Art and Design

9) Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Emily Carr University of Art and Design (formerly the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design) is a public post-secondary University located on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC, Canada. It is named for Canadian artist Emily Carr. Emily Carr is one of Canada's best known Art and Design institutions specializing in sustainable design, photography, new media, visual arts, media, interactive media, animation, industrial design, product design, ceramics, sculpture, communication design and general fine arts.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Vancouver, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vancouver is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Tour of Vancouver's West End

Walking Tour of Vancouver's West End

The West End is a large residential area in Vancouver famous among tourists for Robson Street, the home of numerous trendy shops and hot boutiques. This district also features a number of parks, beaches and other fun attractions. This walking tour will guide you to the most significant attractions in the West End of Vancouver.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

The third largest city in Canada, Vancouver is a dynamic and vibrant metropolis in British Columbia known for a variety of world-class attractions. Take this orientation walk and get familiar with the most popular spots of the city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Walking Tour: Downtown Galleries of Vancouver

Walking Tour: Downtown Galleries of Vancouver

Vancouver has a thriving art scene with enough galleries to satisfy a wide range of interests. The galleries found in the downtown area are the most reputable of the city and feature works from all levels of artists. Take this walking tour to learn about the main art galleries in downtown Vancouver.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Walking Tour: Religious Edifices in Downtown Vancouver

Walking Tour: Religious Edifices in Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver's churches, cathedrals and chapels are as numerous as they are diverse. They reflect the nation's religious history and the culture of the city. This downtown walking tour will take you to the most sacred religious edifices of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Walking Tour of Artist-Run Galleries in Vancouver

Walking Tour of Artist-Run Galleries in Vancouver

Vancouver offers visitors a great selection of art galleries that feature permanent and temporary exhibitions. There are a number of galleries in the city that are run by Canadian artists, with the majority of these places focusing mainly on contemporary art. This walking tour will take you to the most visited artist-run galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Walking Tour of Yaletown in Vancouver

Walking Tour of Yaletown in Vancouver

For many years Yaletown has been the thriving industrial heart of Vancouver. This area of the city looks unlike any other and is considered to be the home of Vancouver's "elite" society. This walking tour will take you to the most significant Yaletown spots.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km

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