If you’re planning a trip to Granville Island but not sure what to do during your visit, you’re in luck. The island (which is actually a peninsula) offers many forms of entertainment for just about any taste, along with a laid-back vibe that will make you want to stay forever. To make sure you get the most out of your trip, be sure to visit these wonderful locations:
The Public Market
Granville Island is known for its public market, which takes up a sizeable 50,000-square-foot building. Devoid of any chain stores, the market houses a wealth of unique shops, selling everything from meat and cheese to flowers and hand-made crafts.
On weekends, the market becomes flooded with shoppers eager to get their hands on the quality products offered at the various stalls, and on Thursdays during the summer the local gardeners sell fresh fruits and vegetables out of the backs of their trucks.
Even if you aren’t interested in buying anything, the colorful array of goods, intoxicating aromas, and local street entertainers make the Granville Island Public Market a must-visit location for any visitor.
Granville Island Brewing
Established in 1984, the Granville Island Brewing Company is the oldest microbrewery in British Columbia, offering tours three times a day (12pm, 3pm, and 4pm). Tours cost C$9.75 per person and include four beer samples. Those who aren’t quite in the mood for a tour can skip ahead right to the tasting room and sample the many styles of beer available.
For those visitors who are fans of models (no, not those kinds of models), Granville Island offers two museums under the same roof: the Model Trains Museum and the Model Ships Museum. Although it may sound a little lame, the two museums are surprisingly expansive and offer a multitude of eye-catching displays that can keep patrons occupied for hours. If you’re torn about which one to visit, you can stop worrying because visitors are only required to pay a one-time entrance fee (C$7.50) for both museums.
The Water Park
A great place to let loose, the Granville Island Waterpark offers fun for the whole family. Adults can relax on the nearby grassy knoll as their kids enjoy the many sprinklers, water pipes, and geysers found throughout the park along with a giant yellow water slide for the more adventurous individuals. The park also includes a special play area for younger children and toddlers, and to add even more, park admission is absolutely free!
The Kids’ Market
Just next-door to the water park in a century-old factory, the Granville Island Kid’s Market has everything necessary to keep any child entertained for hours on end. Open daily from 10am to 6pm, the Kids’ Market offers kids the choice between frolicking in the vast play area and visiting any of the seemingly endless range of shops selling just about anything a kid could desire, whether it be candy, toys, or even magic sets.