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Granville Island

Granville Island

1689 Johnston St.

The Basics

The Granville Island Public Market is a definite highlight, with its deli-style stalls and artisan stands full of local specialties. Foodies can discover the freshest and most unique offerings on a walking tour of the market, which includes tastings of homemade culinary delights such as maple-cured salmon, artisanal chocolates, and Canadian cheeses. Beer aficionados can tour the Granville Island Brewing Company, which also offers excellent pub-style lunches, while nature enthusiasts can take to the water on a kayak tour. Art lovers can admire work from up-and-coming artists at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and attend shows at the island’s three local theaters, which host afternoon and evening performances year-round. At the Kids Market, families with children can peruse stores full of toys, magic tricks, crafts, candy, and more. Visit on a full-day sightseeing tour of Vancouver to see Granville Island and other city highlights such as Stanley Park, Chinatown, and Gastown.

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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
star-4.5
$57.32 per adult
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The trip was very...
The trip was very pleasant, excellent guide and very knowledgeable. Great experience overall! Certainly made our trip enjoyable.
LonelaJ_B, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

star-5
Excellent tour guide. Very informative and honest.
janet_h, Aug 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Tour guide was very nice and answered all questions openly. Excellent overview of Vancouver for those visitors looking to define the areas to visit. Granville Island was our favorite.
star-4
Fun time on Granville Island
CherylC, Jul 2022
Small-Group Granville Island Market Tour
Teddy was great it was a very informative and tasty experience. We learned a lot about Granville Island as well as had some great bites along the way. The only thing missing was something to drink. There is no alcohol on this tasting but a Bottle of water would have been nice.
star-5
Excellent tour
Steve_W, Jul 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Our tour guide was fantastic. He arrived exactly on scheduled time. The driver/guide was very professional & informative. The tour bus was very comfortable & clean. Totally satisfied…. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Enjoyed Vancouver
Bruce_K, Jul 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Tim was a terrific guide. We got a nice taste of Vancouver during our 4 hour tour. The bus was clean and comfortable.
star-5
Market tour was great
GeorgeKevin_F, Aug 2022
Small-Group Granville Island Market Tour
Great tour of the market. Lots of delicious food. Charcuterie and salmon particularly delicious, but chocolate, thai food, and donuts also delicious!
star-5
Unique and enjoyable. Different experience from any thing in the Us. A young family was also on the tour and were happy.
Tana_S, Aug 2022
Food Walking Tour of Granville Island Public Market
Knowledgeable tour guide and great goods . A lot of walking but it was a beautiful day so we did not mind.
star-5
Bob was a great tour...
Brenda_A, Aug 2022
Food Walking Tour of Granville Island Public Market
Bob was a great tour guide. We really enjoyed the food, walk and city views. Definitely recommend this tour.
star-4
Fun & Informative
Lucille_T, Jul 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Our tour guide, Gavin, was funny & informative. We really liked Granville Island & Stanley Park. We had a little time to get a drink & some snacks, & Gavin was very gracious about letting us bring our snacks back on the bus.
star-5
Excellent tour guide.
Nora_M, Jun 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Everything was excellent! Tour Guide Alessio was knowledgeable and courteous! Your bus was clean: Aircon working well. Our tour was on time.
star-5
Great experience and lots of tasty samples!
Samantha_S, Jul 2022
Small-Group Granville Island Market Tour
This was such a great time. We had so much food and got to really learn more about the market. The highlight may have been the LobsterRoll but everything we tried was amaZing. And our guide was so nice and knowledgeable
star-5
The trip was very...
LonelaJ_B, Aug 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
The trip was very pleasant, excellent guide and very knowledgeable. Great experience overall! Certainly made our trip enjoyable.
star-5
Public Market Fabulouss
kit, Aug 2022
Food Walking Tour of Granville Island Public Market
Bob is an amazing tour guide and host for the Granville Public Market. He made thoughtful food selections to showcase the area, his heritage and the delicious offerings at the market. We appreciated his food experience as he interwove much of that into our tour. One suggestion: start the tour an hour earlier so participants have time to return to their favorite stalls to purchase additional items. It was a great time.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan to spend at least several hours exploring Granville Island, whether you’re visiting independently or taking a walking tour.

  • Wear layers—there’s almost always a cool ocean breeze. Comfortable walking shoes are also a must.

  • The public market is phasing out plastic shopping bags, so bring a reusable bag if you plan to purchase any souvenirs or marketplace treats.

  • Visitor amenities include accessible restrooms, parking lots, water fountains, and ATMs. There are also two playgrounds and a water park on the island.

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How to Get There

Since Granville Island is really a peninsula, it’s easy to access by road, as well as on foot. Parking can be limited during peak hours, especially on weekends and during the summer months, when it’s best to use public transportation. You can get to Granville Island via the public bus system and the False Creek ferry (also known as the aquabus). The ferry leaves from several points in downtown Vancouver, and the trip to Granville Island takes only a few minutes.

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When to Get There

The best time of year to visit Granville Island is during Vancouver’s brief, yet glorious, summer. Late July and August are especially popular times for families with kids, as these months provide the perfect weather for boat tours, strolling through market stalls, and enjoying local parks. During September, the hugely popular Vancouver International Fringe Festival stages numerous performances in Granville Island’s theater venues.

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Things to Do Near Granville Island

Granville Island is centrally located in Vancouver, making it an ideal jumping-off point for visiting other city highlights. There are several attractions nearby: Kitsilano, with its beaches and trendy shops, is a 5-minute drive from Granville Island; Stanley Park is just on the other side of English Bay, a short ferry ride away; and the Museum of Vancouver, located on Kitts Point, is just 10 minutes away by road. To see nearby sights without suffering through rush hour traffic, private tours or boat rentals are both great ways to explore.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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