False Creek is one of the defining features of Vancouver and marks the southern boundary of the downtown peninsula. There are many things to do along the shores of this inlet, and some incredible places to take pictures of the city skyline. Especially now that the nice weather has returned, we have been trying to get out and explore the city while we try to compile some different guides to the city. Granville Island is one of the top attractions located along False Creek, and shouldn’t be missed on your trip to Vancouver.
False creek stretches from the Burrard Street Bridge to Science World on Main Street and has many incredible things to see and do along the way. One of the best ways to see Vancouver is to take a bike trip along the seawall, a 28-km long walking and biking trail that circles the city.
This pathway connects all of the waterfront areas of Vancouver (and is the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world), travelling from Spanish Banks on the west side to the Vancouver Convention Center downtown. Along the way, you will be able to visit many of the best neighbourhoods, beaches and attractions in the city and take in several different viewpoints, especially along the False Creek stretch.
Today we will be focusing on Granville Island, where locals and tourists go to shop and take in the arts. Located underneath the south end of the Granville Street Bridge, Granville Island was once an industrial area, but it has been transformed into a shopping and entertainment district. Today there are many incredible restaurants, theaters and artist studios on the island, and the famous Granville Island Public Market being the main attraction.
The public market has many different artisan crafts and food stalls to keep you busy for a few hours, with many things to keep both kids (the Granville Island Toy Company and nearby waterpark) and adults (Granville Island Brewing or any of the top end restaurants) occupied and entertained for a few hours. For locals it is a great place to go shopping for fancy cheeses and other delicacies, such as fresh seafood. Granville Island and the nearby marina is the best place to buy fresh oysters, prawns and salmon straight from the docks.
Granville Island is one of the top highlights for a trip to Vancouver and shouldn’t be missed. We are currently working on some great features on the city, and have many more pictures and stories to share from Vancouver over the next several weeks, so stay tuned for these. Until then, we hope you enjoy our latest photo essay, featuring our best of from Granville Island and False Creek.