Spectacular scenery, delectable food, exquisite artwork and an abundance of recreational activity are just a few things that make Granville Island a magical place for locals and tourists. This summer, add “Check out Granville Island” on your to-do list and make sure you hit up all 15 must-sees.
Granville Island is home to nearly 150 buskers. Let musicians, magicians and mimes mesmerize you inside the public market or out by the water. Keep an eye out for Piper McKenzie, who juggles knives, fire torches and even kittens while balancing on a pole.
2.Osake Artisan Sake Maker
Rather than popping a bottle of bubbly at your next party, try a bottle of sparkling sake from the only premium sake winery in Canada. Sake maker Masa Shiroki also offers tours and tastings for a small fee.
3.New-Small & Sterling Glass Studio Gallery
Experience the wonder of hot glass and blow your very own glass flower at New-Small & Sterling, Designer David New-Small gives glassblowing demos inside the chromatic studio everyday
There is no funner way to explore downtown than putting along False Creek in a little rainbow-coloured boat. This iconic vessel departs every 15 minutes and takes you from Granville Island to Yaletown.
Discover your sensual side at this new addition to the island. The lush, velvet couches, silky drapes and soft lamps will transport you to the courtesan quarters of 18th-century Europe. While sexy lingerie and toys are offered, you can also find simple shirts, ties, dresses and jewelry. Try their organic shaving creams, exotic massage oils and perfumes. Or, kick back with one of their books, and learn anything from how to prepare a romantic dinner for two to how to be more eco-friendly between the sheets.
Pick up a one-of-a-kind hand-painted silk scarf, shawl or tie from Alarte Silks. Owner Izabela Sauer pleats the gossamer silks with an ancient Japanese technique called Shibori, and paints them in vibrant reds, oranges, blues and purples.
7.The Tarot Room
Get your fortune told by Ma Nithya Sudevi, a young mystic whom Harry Brar, a local, describes as “mindblowing.” There were no black cats or crystal balls in sight, but Brar left the studio spooked by Sudevi’s foresight.
8.Cooking with B.C’s best
Come to the market after hours and learn to cook a multi-course meal with some of B.C’s top chefs. You get to keep the recipes and wow guests at your next dinner party.
9. Theatre and Art
Check out the plays, musicals and art exhibits featured this summer. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story will have you dancing out of the theatre, while Laura Vanderline’s whimsical exhibit in B.C. Ceramics Gallery will whisk you away to the Mad Hatter’s tea party–in Africa.
Slip on your bathing suit, slather on some sunscreen, grab a towel, load up a picnic basket and hit up the largest free water park in North America. Who said slides, sprinklers and pipes are just for kids?
11. Water and recreational sports
Work up an appetite before lunch. Kayaking, sailing, fishing, biking, blading, running, and walking are just a few of the recreational activities you can partake here.
12. Go Fish
The best fish and chips in town is worth the 45-minute wait. This humble fish shack by the water fries up fresh cod, salmon and halibut in Granville Island beer batter. Served piping hot with Pacific Rim coleslaw and hand-cut fries in a dim sum steamer, and eaten in front of a million-dollar view of False Creek, this dish is a perfect indulgence after a day of shopping, cycling or walking.
13. Go Nuts
Luv N Nuts offers more than twenty kinds of sweet and savoury nuts inside the market. Butter rum pecans, ginger almonds, and firecracker cashews are amongst the most popular. Their friendly staff are more than happy to let you sample all twenty, even if you don’t intend to buy any.
14. Fire up your tastebuds
South China Seas showcases more than 50 types of hot sauces from Asia, South America and the Middle East on their Wall of Fire.If you’re feeling gutsy, pick up a bottle of Jolokia Ghost Pepper Sauce from Costa Rica. Selling for $50 a bottle, the hot sauce is sealed in a wooden box with a warning: one drop at a time.
15. Granville Island Brewery
No trip to Granville Island would be complete without a tour of their renowned brewery. Top it off with four free samples, or their summer exclusives: a tart raspberry beer or a spicy ginger beer. Tours are offered three times daily.