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50 Things We Love About Granville Island

By SHERI RADFORD and JILL VON SPRECKEN

Want to explore False Creek on your way to Granville Island? Take the Aquabus mini ferry. (Photo by Dominic Schaefer)

Want to explore False Creek on your way to Granville Island? Take the Aquabus mini ferry. (Photo by Dominic Schaefer)

1. Commuting via Aquabus or False Creek Ferries.

2. SeaVillage, a charming collection of floating homes.

3. Browsing for fresh produce, bread and seafood in the Granville Island Public Market.

4. Spotting orcas with Wild Whales Vancouver.

5. Ocean Concrete, the oldest and largest tenant on the island. It’s been there since 1917.

6. Edible Canada at the Market, with its fresh regional fare on the menu, plus foodie tours and a gourmet artisan retail shop.

7. Watching buskers perform: musicians, jugglers, magicians and more.

8. Hand-pressed, hand-bottled sake from Artisan SakeMaker.

9. Splashing around in the Granville Island Waterpark.

10. Watching artisans hard at work in their studios.

11. Trying on all the chapeaus in the Granville Island Hat Shop. Beret or bowler? Pill box or pork pie? Top hat or toque? So many choices.

12. Biting into a truffle, Empress Square or Victoria Cream from Rogers’ Chocolates. This Victoria company has been crafting scrumptiously sweet treats since 1885.

13. Letting tots and tykes spend their allowance on toys, puppets and books in the Kids Market.

Dockside Restaurant boasts a spectacular patio. (Photo: KK Law)

Dockside Restaurant boasts a spectacular patio. (Photo: KK Law)

14. Finding a souvenir for Fido or Fluffy at Woofles & Meowz.

15. Browsing through all the latest releases in Blackberry Books.

16. Picking up a bottle of BC vino from Liberty Wine Merchants.

17. Laughing until our stomachs hurt at the improv antics of the Vancouver Theatresports League.

18. Spotting otters or seals swimming around False Creek.

19. Singing along to rock ’n’ roll hits of the ’50s in Red Rock Diner, at the Granville Island Stage (to Aug. 2).

20. Handcrafted brooms from The Granville Island Broom Company.

21. Getting t-shirts, aprons and pillows personalized at Make.

22. Feeling good while picking up fair trade knickknacks from Ten Thousand Villages.

23. Feasting on fresh seafood at The Sandbar while admiring the unparalleled view.

24. Indulging in $4 drinks at Cats Socialhouse.

25. Choosing the perfect brolly or parasol at The Umbrella Shop. Vancouver’s sunshine often comes in liquid form, even in the summer.

26. Meeting local growers at the Granville Island Farmers’ Market
every Thursday.

Find edible treasures at Granville Island Public Market. (Photo: ©Lokibaho/istockphoto.com)

Find edible treasures at Granville Island Public Market. (Photo: ©Lokibaho/istockphoto.com)

27. Dining on the expansive patio of Bridges.

28. People-watching along the seawall: strollers, joggers, cyclists and more.

29. Watching Nemo and all his friends swimming around the 15-m (50-ft) wraparound aquarium inside Dockside
Restaurant.

30. Cutting into a juicy tenderloin or rib eye at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar.

31. Trying to choose which one of the exquisite hand-painted scarves to
purchase in Alarte Silks.

32. Finding Joy, Laurie Rolland’s exhibition of clay teapots, cups and saucers, and wall pieces at Circle Craft Shop and Gallery.

33. Admiring yachts and sailboats moored in the marina.

34. Browsing through all the Sid Dickens wall tiles at Gigi B.

35. Trying on handcrafted sparklers at Michael Dean Jewellery.

36. Elbowing through the crowds of stationery lovers to find the perfect pen or Moleskine notebook at The Original Paper-Ya.

37. Finding a unique souvenir at New-Small & Sterling Studio Glass.

Granville Island overflows with fun activities, but wee ones always choose the Kids Market (Photo: Sheri Radford)

Granville Island overflows with fun activities, but wee ones always choose the Kids Market (Photo: Sheri Radford)

38. Exploring the ocean on a paddle board or Jet Ski with Vancouver Water Adventures.

39. Practising mountain pose and upward-facing dog while looking out at ocean views from the sun-filled Semperviva Yoga studio.

40. Learning to kayak with Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres.

41. Checking out all the contemporary art at Charles H. Scott Gallery in Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

42. Sampling all the beer at the Granville Island Brewing Company.

43. Sipping an organic, fair trade coffee at AGRO Cafe.

44. Picking up perfect picnic fare at Oyama Sausage Company.

45. Working up a sweat at the False Creek Community Centre.

46. Celebrating Canada Day and the final day of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Jul. 1.

47. Having a tarot card reading at the Granville Island Psychic Studio.

48. Admiring the panoramic views at Whet Kitchen-Bar-Patio.

49. Listening to live music at the Backstage Lounge.

50. Sitting outside on a sunny day—but keeping an eye on the overly friendly seagulls who like to steal lunches.

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