Granville Island is conveniently close to me and I have briefly been before on my bike ride. I didn’t stay long so decided to go back on foot to have a thorough look around. The island isn’t quite an island, more like a peninsula which was once an industrial manufacturing area. Now it is home to many shops, restaurants, cafes, crafts, markets and water sports.
The whole place is full of colour, corrugated iron and murals. It is also ideal for creative people with lots of pottery, handmade gifts, illustrations, silk weaving and much more. I found most things to be pricey but what do you expect for hand crafted items and it was fun just wandering around. The map for Granville Island is even artistically put together.
My favourite place was the public market, it reminded me of Borough Market in London. You can buy any kind of food from hot and cold to sweet and savoury. I had a scone, very British of me. The seating area was placed in a row between stalls with two violinists entertaining the crowds. The general atmosphere was buzzing. That’s the only word that comes to mind when I think of it.
It wouldn’t particularly be on the top of my ‘what to do in Vancouver’ list but it is definitely worth a visit, just for a raspberry scone or a handmade gift. All ages can enjoy Granville Island too with a children’s playing area to breweries and entertainment.