vancouver guide: granville island

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One of the loveliest places all year round in Vancouver is a tiny little island tucked under the Granville Street Bridge just south of downtown. Granville Island is well-known for its food, markets, outdoor summer street performances and abundance of artisan-focused shops, boutiques, and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

If you have a day, or even an afternoon, here are the must-sees of this little Vancouver gem:

Visit the Granville Loop Park for the large 100 stone statue commemorating Vancouver’s 100th birthday.

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Explore Sutcliffe Park for gardens surrounding a cute pond full of ducks under the bridge as you enter the island.

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Head to Kids Market to discover all things to do with the imagination and creativity, here are 25 stores for those with an obsessive love for toys and childhood.

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Granville Island also houses an outdoor waterpark (or a winter jungle gym) at the False Creek Community Centre.

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For tea tasting, fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious Kaisereck bagels and a dozen discounted day-old donuts for $4 pop into Granville Island Market.

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For the arts and crafts and your inner creative, the Net Loft features a variety of beautiful craft stores and artisan boutiques.

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For artisan boutiques, Christmas lights and a little park, wander down Railspur Alley.

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For the most beautiful winters view over the moored boats check out Comox Marina as you leave the island.

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*Including photos by Ellis & Scarlett

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