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Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

Granville Island Administration Office
1661 Duranleau Street,
2nd Floor
Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3
604 666-6655 Tel
604 666-7376 Fax

Granville Island is an urban planning success story, analyzed and copied worldwide. Transforming it from a derelict industrial park to a thriving market and entertainment destination, the Island's planners have carefully and affectionately guided its growth.

Granville Island was originally a sandbar that was filled in to create an industial centre in the heart of Vancouver. For more information on Granville Island, please click here.

By the 1970's it had fallen on hard times and the federal government took over it and developed it into the immensely popular mixed use space that is it today. Although best known for the public market, it has many theatres, artist studios and there are still several industrial tenants including a cement factory. When planning a visit, keep in mind that it's really not an island, there is a filled in causeway so it's possible to drive, bike or walk onto the island.

To ensure the Island remains viable for years to come, CMHC will be conducting studies into the infrastructure (buildings, seawalls and docks), transportation, and urban design of the Island. These studies, expected to take about two years, will direct future and long range plans. The process will be transparent and inclusive of all stakeholders - visitors and tenants included. Please explore this website, sign up for our newsletter, and contact us with any ideas or concerns you may have.

Where else in the world can rusty tin-sided factories boast rebirth as a Public Market, an art school, shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries, a hotel, and a great deal more?

Summers and weekends are the busiest times but even then you can avoid the parking hassles by arriving early or later in the day; arriving anytime after 4 pm usually means plenty of parking and still lots of time to do things. Parking on the island is free, usually for three hours but there are some one hour zones close to the Market and the Net Loft Building. If you don't want the hassle of finding free parking or you want to stay longer than three hours then there are also several pay parking buildings that charge $11 CAD a day. Most locals don't even realize this, but you can park anywhere you want on the island from 7 pm to 7 am free, even in the pay parking lots. If you don't feel like driving to the island, there are several other family friendly ways to access it. Granville island is serviced by two excellent water taxi companies: Granville Island Ferries and The Aquabus. Both of these run several routes but the most popular and frequent trips run from the island right across the water to downtown. Both of these ferry companies run this route about every five minutes and charge about $2 CAD one way. The trip is a blast, especially for kids, and they allow strollers on board although you need to fold them up and take your children out of them for the crossing. From the downtown side, you are within a relatively easy walk to many downtown hotels or you can always hop a bus.

 

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It's a remarkable thing, this island in the middle of a city of two million. Embracing the surrounding metropolitan bustle, Granville Island's ambiance is matchless; its gritty, industrial past is proudly displayed in today's people-friendly, artistic, and energetic incarnation.

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