Granville Island definitely is an eyeful. There's musicians of all sorts, crafts, food, shopping, art and niche stores dedicated to umbrellas and sake and hats. Sitting out by the water watching the birds is a fantastic way to spend a nice afternoon on the island if it's not too busy - which it does get on summer weekends. Best to take public transit to the island, or cycle over if you're able because parking spaces get to be a hot commodity.
The Aquabus seen here is a little ferry boat system that can take you from Vancouver Downtown to Granville Island, David Lam Park, Stamp's Landing, Olympic Village, Yaletown, Plaza of Nations and Science World. We took our bicycles on board for the approx 2 minute ride from the station at Hornby Street to Granville Island, then cycled the rest of the way around False Creek.
Do you think sleeping on a waterbed is fun? You can expand that concept to living fulltime on a houseboat in this community of Sea Village at Granville Island. I'm not sure how comfortable it would be when the waters in False Creek get choppy, but on the flipside you'd never have to concern yourself with mowing a lawn or watering the grass.
If you're lucky enough to have a boat and the opportunity of leisure time to travel to Vancouver, Pelican Bay Marina pictured above at the Granville Island Hotel is an option for you for temporary moorage. Then you can take a colourful Aquabus across False Creek to upscale Yaletown. Oh, to have the free time. And money.
Usually feeding the birds is frowned upon because it encourages them to stick around, expect handouts and make a mess. On Granville Island there seems to be a bird-friendly area where throwing bread for the birds gets a green light. Kids love it. So do adults. Geese, pigeons and ducks, oh my!
Underneath the Granville Bridge in Vancouver is a charming place called Granville Island. It hosts a school of art, street performers, public market and the only artisan sake maker for miles around. With more little nooks and crannies to discover than you can shake a stick at, the last thing you'd expect to see in co-existence with all the artsy-craftsyness is a.... concrete operation?? Being situated on Granville Island since 1917, this ready-mix business is a reminder of the Island's history, which was largely industrial until the 1970s.