Things to do on Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island is the perfect place for buying food, wine and clothes, eating out, or shopping for souvenirs, fair trade crafts or stationery. Also home to theaters (both for children and adults) and a university, there are always things to do, people to see, and fun to be had on this colorful island.

Granville Island Public Market

Perfect for grocery or gourmet shopping, Granville Island Public Market contains the freshest of meats, fruit and vegetables, baked goods, tea and coffee and anything else one would like to eat or drink. The warehouse steams up with delicious aromas and is full of the laughter of the well-fed. As the Granville Island website puts it, “If Granville Island is the king of Vancouver destinations, then the Public Market is the jewel in the Island’s crown” as well as the venue for the summer Farmers’ Market.

Shopping on Granville

Gift buying (and not only for others) galore. Whether visitors are looking for boats or hats, wine, beer or sake, clothes, artwork or jewelry, they’ll find them all on the island. A stroll through the inside centers and outside streets is the finest and most fun way to come across the best of everything.

Granville Island Kid Activities

Granville Island is not just a great place for adults – children love it too, mainly because there are lots of creative and fun things to do (not to mention eat, make, watch or play).

  • Carousel Theater – in their 36th season, the Carousel Theater offers new productions regularly, special offers for schools and community support. Their profile on their website explains “Carousel Theatre stages a mainstage season of Literary Classics, an Elementary School Touring Program, a Teen Shakespeare Program each summer and a year-round Theatre School for young people ages 3 to 17 years”.
  • Kids’ Market – comprising of 28 shops, activities and services, this is the best place to spend some pocket money. It adjoins a water park, has a pond and both indoor and outdoor patios – the perfect space to play with new toys. What more could a kid want?

Emily Carr University

The Emily Carr University of Art and Design was established in 1989 and promotes education and appreciation in the fields of media, fine art and design.

Whether people watching, window shopping, eating out or having fun with the kids, visitors to Granville Island will not be disappointed in the variety and quality of products and services on the island. Easily accessible by car or by ferry, Granville Island is a great place at anytime of the day, any day of the week.