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.
Explore Sutcliffe Park for gardens surrounding a cute pond full of ducks under the bridge as you enter the island.
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.
Granville Island also houses an outdoor waterpark (or a winter jungle gym) at the False Creek Community Centre.
For tea tasting, fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious Kaisereck bagels and a dozen discounted day-old donuts for $4 pop into Granville Island Market.
For the arts and crafts and your inner creative, the Net Loft features a variety of beautiful craft stores and artisan boutiques.
For artisan boutiques, Christmas lights and a little park, wander down Railspur Alley.
For the most beautiful winters view over the moored boats check out Comox Marina as you leave the island.
*Including photos by Ellis & Scarlett