- Type: Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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This former industrial site is now one of Vancouver's most beloved neighborhoods. Practically its own mini-city, Granville Island's former factories now house trendy restaurants, galleries and theaters. But perhaps the main draw here is the Granville Island Public Market, often described as one of the best open-air markets in North America. Here you can peruse seemingly endless aisles of everything from fresh produce to local crafts. Take your tots to the Kids Only Market (which sells toys, crafts and kites and features an indoor play area) or the Granville Island Museums, which features a fun collection of miniature trains and model boats.
Granville Island also offers heart-rate pumping fun, especially in warm weather. Consider renting a kayak to explore the marinas, or passing some time at the free waterpark.
Located just southwest of Yaletown, Granville Island is accessible from central Vancouver by car and ferry all day every day. Entry to the island is free, but specific attractions may charge admission. For more information, check out the Granville Island website.