Fall at Granville Island

One of my favourite places to go in Vancouver is Granville Island.  It rides a fine line between being a tourist trap and being a well loved local institution.  If you’re a local you have to pick your times right to avoid the throngs of tourists (my favourite time to go is actually in the winter on a weekday!)


roses & hydrangeas

The public market is home to stall upon stall of local farm produce, fresh seafood, butcher shops, bakeries, cheese stalls, all kinds of ethnic markets selling any obscure ingredient you might be searching for, hand made chocolates, doughnuts, fresh cut flowers… it’s a feast for all your senses.

fish and meat

The island’s history is long and started out very industrial (there are remnants of this all over the island – including a large active cement plant right in the middle) and at one point it was considered vital to Canada’s war effort in WWII (you even needed an ID card to get on the island!)


Now it houses the public market, small theatre companies, the prestigious Emily Carr University of Art & Design, markets, breweries, restaurants, artists’ studios, shops, the famous houseboats, dragon boats, water taxis, and my personal favourite, the company that makes miniature architectural models!

fruits and veggies

The market itself is impossible to navigate without buying at least one mouthwatering item and it is a photographer’s delight.  So many colours, textures and shapes!

But perhaps my favourite thing to do there is buy a crusty bun, some cheese, and big apple and sit on a bench and watch the world go by with a big chai latte!

Hope you enjoyed my little photo essay on one of my favourite food destinations in Vancouver!

collage of treats


  1. Cristina says

    What a lovely place, Melissa. It reminds me of Pike Place Market in Seattle. I hope to visit Vancouver one day. I will certainly have put Granville Island on the top of my list! Your photography is beautiful – everything looks so colorful and inviting. Thanks for sharing…have a great week ahead. :)

  2. says

    We have family in Vancouver. Hopefully, we will make it out that way to visit soon and will be sure to book some time to be a *tourist* at Granville Island. Posts like this do nothing to keep the non-locals away 😉 Great photographs!

  3. says

    I once had a long-distance relationship with a fella in Vancouver, and every time I flew out to see him, we’d visit the awesomeness that is Granville Island Things didn’t work out with the guy, but I do have fond fond memories of Granville and now the urge to go back. Thanks for this, Melissa!

  4. says

    WOW! What a place! And those photos are amazing, as always… I want your talent! :)
    Vancouver has been on my bucket list for years, and I must visit! I have been to Canada billions of times, but never got to see Vancouver…I need to change that.

  5. says

    Yay!! I loved Granville island both as a tourist and when I lived there. So much good food, beautiful views, good people watching place. Love your photo essay

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