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Granville Island free

1689 Johnston Street | Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3R9 | Official website
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  • Type: Shopping, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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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 the main draw here is the Granville Island Public Market, often described as one of the best open-air markets in North America. Among the seemingly endless aisles of fresh produce and local crafts, you'll find a variety of food stalls selling everything from baked goods to ethnic snacks. If the weather is nice, try and grab a seat outside by the water. You can watch ferry boats putter back and forth in English Bay while enjoying the performances of the buskers who regularly play for market crowds. After filling up on market eats, head to the perpetually busy Kids Only Market. This playtopia sells toys and crafts and features an indoor play area. If you don't have kids in tow, visit Canada's first microbrewery Granville Island Brewing. You can enjoy daily tours and tastings in the taproom.

Though Granville Island can be enjoyed year-round, it offers the most activities when the weather is warm. Consider renting a kayak to explore the marinas or passing some time at the free waterpark. Located just 2 miles northwest of central Vancouver, Granville Island is accessible from central Vancouver by bus, car and ferry daily. The market is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; some retail shops operate on different hours. Entry to the island is free, but specific attractions may charge admission. For more information, check out the Granville Island website.

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