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Granville Island

1689 Johnston St.

The Basics

The Granville Island Public Market is a definite highlight, with its deli-style stalls and artisan stands full of local specialties. Foodies can discover the freshest and most unique offerings on a walking tour of the market, which includes tastings of homemade culinary delights such as maple-cured salmon, artisanal chocolates, and Canadian cheeses. Beer aficionados can tour the Granville Island Brewing Company, which also offers excellent pub-style lunches, while nature enthusiasts can take to the water on a kayak tour. Art lovers can admire work from up-and-coming artists at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and attend shows at the island’s three local theaters, which host afternoon and evening performances year-round. At the Kids Market, families with children can peruse stores full of toys, magic tricks, crafts, candy, and more. Visit on a full-day sightseeing tour of Vancouver to see Granville Island and other city highlights such as Stanley Park, Chinatown, and Gastown.

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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
star-4.5
$57.54 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worth doing
Great overview of many highlights of the city. We found the staff to be responsive when we had an issue getting to out pick up location.
Dean_C, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

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A great tour of Granville Island market …
Ronda_F, Jun 2022
Food Walking Tour of Granville Island Public Market
A wonder introduction to Granville Island market, which is a must see on any tour of Vancouver. Bob was charming, he gave us lots of historical information and lots of great food tastings. This was a very enjoyable afternoon.
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Enjoyed all stops. Really...
Bonnie_K, Jun 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Enjoyed all stops. Really enjoyed the stop Granville Farmers' Market. Many interesting shops and a very good place to eat a meal.
star-5
Great overview of...
MARGARET_H, Jun 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Great overview of Vancouver. Stanley park and Grenville island were highlights. The driver had very thorough knowledge of all aspects of history
star-5
Fantastic!
Melody_S, Jun 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
We had an amazing time on this tour. Our guide, Alessio was fantastic. He was born funny and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed our stop at Stanley Park and had an amazing lunch at Granville Island. We only had 2 days in Vancouver before setting off on our cruise and this really helped us make the most of our time!
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Manuela was an excellent...
Daniel_H, May 2022
Small-Group Granville Island Market Tour
Manuela was an excellent guide. She went above and beyond to accommodate us (intolerance to fish and seafood). Good tour!
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Bob gave us a very...
Tom_B, May 2022
Food Walking Tour of Granville Island Public Market
Bob gave us a very memorable foodie tour. We enjoyed it so much! We could have walked around on our own but Bob made it so special with his knowledge of the area.
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Tim, the bus driver, was great ...
Don, Jun 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Tim was a wonderful driver, story teller, and host. He made the City come alive. He has a great personality and has a wealth of knowledge about Vancouver. His stories brought the adventure to life, Stanley Park was beautiful and the Granville Island Public Market was a highlight of the trip.
star-4
Excellent Vancouver Overview
STEPHENR_L, Jun 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Good overview of the good and bad parts of Vancouver with recommendations from our driver/guide along the way.
star-4
Fun, informative overview of Vancouver
Jon_B, Jun 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Tim’s history and jokes made the tour go by quickly. Only downside was aisle seat windows greatly limit the view!
star-5
What a fun food tour!
Jane_G, Nov 2019
Small-Group Granville Island Market Tour
Lisa did a great job of introducing us to Granville Island's wonderful food while making it fun. We tasted lots of yummy food but did not feel overwhelmed by the volume. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Scott was the best!!
Peggy_B, Jun 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Scott was awesome. Knowledgeable and friendly. Great tour. Just enough time at each stop to get a feel for the area and know where we would like to return to
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Don’t miss the doughnuts!
Catherine_S, May 2022
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
Our guide was terrific and made me glad I chose the tour. Loved Granville Island, especially the doughnut place in the market!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan to spend at least several hours exploring Granville Island, whether you’re visiting independently or taking a walking tour.

  • Wear layers—there’s almost always a cool ocean breeze. Comfortable walking shoes are also a must.

  • The public market is phasing out plastic shopping bags, so bring a reusable bag if you plan to purchase any souvenirs or marketplace treats.

  • Visitor amenities include accessible restrooms, parking lots, water fountains, and ATMs. There are also two playgrounds and a water park on the island.

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How to Get There

Since Granville Island is really a peninsula, it’s easy to access by road, as well as on foot. Parking can be limited during peak hours, especially on weekends and during the summer months, when it’s best to use public transportation. You can get to Granville Island via the public bus system and the False Creek ferry (also known as the aquabus). The ferry leaves from several points in downtown Vancouver, and the trip to Granville Island takes only a few minutes.

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When to Get There

The best time of year to visit Granville Island is during Vancouver’s brief, yet glorious, summer. Late July and August are especially popular times for families with kids, as these months provide the perfect weather for boat tours, strolling through market stalls, and enjoying local parks. During September, the hugely popular Vancouver International Fringe Festival stages numerous performances in Granville Island’s theater venues.

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Things to Do Near Granville Island

Granville Island is centrally located in Vancouver, making it an ideal jumping-off point for visiting other city highlights. There are several attractions nearby: Kitsilano, with its beaches and trendy shops, is a 5-minute drive from Granville Island; Stanley Park is just on the other side of English Bay, a short ferry ride away; and the Museum of Vancouver, located on Kitts Point, is just 10 minutes away by road. To see nearby sights without suffering through rush hour traffic, private tours or boat rentals are both great ways to explore.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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