A Day at Granville Island

free, Kid Friendly, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Natasha John on August 16, 2010 at 1:10 am

This weekend was one of the hottest Vancouver has had yet. On days like these, you can be sure that places like English Bay, Kits Beach and Granville Island are packed with people looking to beat the heat. If you’re heading to Granville Island, here’s the best way to spend the day.

The sun sets on Granville Island

There is never a quiet day at Granville Island and that’s because it is consistent in its offerings, bringing locals and visitors back time and time again. Start your day by hopping on one of the False Creek Ferries or Aquabus  and motor over to Granville Island. Grab a coffee from JJ Bean inside the Public Market and start wandering around the shops.  There’s everything from a woodworking shop, jewelry shops, art galleries, a Kids Market, home décor stores and much more.  

After you have spent a lengthy time looking around the shops, head back to the Public Market to grab some lunch. Whatever your craving is, there is sure to be something to wet your appetite. If you’re looking for something a smidge more formal, Bridges Restaurant is right beside the Public Market. The patio at Bridges is constantly packed with happy patrons dining and enjoying Vancouver’s sunshine and a cold pint during the summer months.  

If you’re itching to get out on the water, you can rent small motor boats for a reasonable price on Granville Island. It’s a great way to spend a summer afternoon, catch some sun and gain some speed on the open waters.  Granville Island also offers fishing charter companies and they are happy to cater the trip to your needs. 

After a long day, head to the Lobster Man for some fresh local oysters, Dungeness crab or mussels and get ready to cook up a storm at home. To complete the meal, grab a bottle of wine from Liberty Wine Merchants, right across from the Public Market.

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