Activities and Attractions for Everyone on Granville Island

So much to do, so little time. From city pursuits like cooking classes, museums, galleries, to outdoor thrills like whale watching, white water rafting, zip-trekking , to Shopping and the Theatre, there is never a shortage of activities to take in and explore  in and around Vancouver

Granville Island

The Island Experience While Staying at the Granville Island Hotel

Information regarding Granville Island courtesy of CMHC and

Imagine an island in the middle of a city. A living, breathing urban oasis filled with fine waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios, unique shops, cafes and the most spectacular fresh food market you have ever seen. This is where Vancouver locals and visitors come together to be inspired, to be entertained, or simply to breathe in some of its unique atmosphere.

Explore Granville Island at the click of your mouse. Simply run your mouse over building on the Granville Island Map and your destination will light up!

Eating & Restaurants – Granville Island

A hip and casual waterfront cafe, a top stylish restaurant or an ethnic snack from the market? But don’t just think of it as a place to refuel while shopping or to unwind before catching a play. Dining here can also be a reason to visit all on its own.

For Full Restaurant Listings please see the live link below:

Arts & Culture on Granville Island

Granville Island has always been such a unique haven for creativity. Day or night, young or old, you can always find an eclectic mix of festivals, theatre, street performers, musical shows and art exhibits, many of which are created in the island’s hidden studios and rehearsal spaces.

Explore the Artists and Artisans of Granville Island on the Granville Island website

For a Full Artisan Listing see live link below:

Vancouver Shopping – Granville Island

If you were expecting shopping on Granville Island to be a little unexpected, then expect away. There is nothing ordinary here. In fact, we can almost guarantee you will find that one-of-a-kind discovery.

So come and explore this bounty of curiosities and treat someone special. Shopping on Granville Island can be broken up into six distinct areas. Please explore the links below:

  • Public Market
  • Net Loft
  • Railspur Alley
  • Granville Island Artists & Artisans
  • Kids Market
  • Day Vendors Association
  • Other things to do at Granville Island
  • Granville Island Boat Rentals


Vancouver Attractions & Activities

Information courtesy of Tourism Vancouver.

Comprehensive Vancouver information can be found at

Outside of the beautiful Granville Island, Vancouver has endless opportunities!

Below is just a taste of the wide breadth of things there are to do in Vancouver. From suspension bridges to aquariums to festivals and gardens, this is a great sampling of Vancouver to whet your appetite.

Granville Island

A charming public market overflowing with fresh produce, breads, seafood and a bounty of other goods is reason enough to visit Granville Island. Be sure to also stroll the narrow lanes of the island to check out its unique shops and photo-worthy views of downtown across False Creek.

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Stanley Park

You won’t be able to resist the beauty of this 400-hectare (1,000-acre) park covered in vibrant green grass and majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees. Attractions such as the Vancouver Aquarium, seawall path, totem poles, hiking trails, horse-drawn tours and outdoor swimming pool offer nearly endless diversions.

Robson Street

World-renowned shopping is most certainly the main attraction on this downtown thoroughfare. But you can also people watch from cafe patios (keep an eye out for celebrities), dine on delicious fare at trendy restaurants, get pampered at a spa or simply stroll along with the crowds.

Vancouver Lookout

Located in the downtown Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Lookout, at a height of 130 metres (430 feet), is the perfect place to survey the city and plan – or reflect upon – your day.

Grouse Mountain

Adventure awaits just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Ride the Skyride for dramatic views, hike the Grouse Grind (a challenging 2.9-kilometre/1.8-mile trail up the face of the mountain), see grizzly bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, ski, ride a zipline or even paraglide.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

A sanctuary in the heart of the city, these incredibly manicured gardens were the first authentic classical Chinese gardens ever built outside of China. Walk along the peaceful paths and admire the harmonious elements designed in rock, water, plants and architecture.

Vancouver Art Gallery

This highly acclaimed collection of national and international contemporary art is worth spending at least an afternoon exploring. Don’t miss the collection of work by the well-known British Columbian artist Emily Carr. Stop in at the Satellite Visitor Centre on the southwest side of the gallery for great information and tips.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Make your way across the swaying suspension bridge, which stretches 137 metres (450 feet) across a canyon and the Capilano River 70 metres (230 feet) below. Then explore the beautifully lush fir and fern-carpeted forests via a series of elevated suspension bridges in the Treetops Adventure.

Sea to Sky Highway

The drive from Vancouver north on Highway 99 takes you past glimmering turquoise inlets, old-growth rain forests and craggy cliffs. You can stop to explore waterfalls, hiking trails, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park and BC Museum of Mining. The year-round resort at Whistler, the designated Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Winter Games, and the dramatic Coastal Mountain Range mean your destination will be as exciting as the journey. You can also travel the route by train on the Whistler Mountaineer.


Dim sum in Chinatown. Trendy shops on cobblestone lanes in Gastown. Art galleries galore in South Granville. These favourite discoveries and other hidden gems await in Vancouver’s neighbourhoods.

Special Events

Looking for Special Events? Check out the Tourism Vancouver event calendar! This link will provide you with all the exciting upcoming events to experience during your stay! Still looking for dates? Why not check out the events calendar!

When it comes to Exploring Vancouver, your only limit is your imagination.

Come and check out what Vancouver has to offer!


Granville Island Activities & Attractions