Easy to find. Hard to leave.
Because of Granville Island’s central location, you can escape the city without having to leave it. It also makes it very easy to get to, whether by boat, by car, by bus, by bicycle or on foot.
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#50 False Creek
The #50 False Creek bus comes from Gastown in the downtown area, along Granville St., and stops just off Granville Island, at the intersection of Anderson St. and West 2nd Ave. It will let you off on the southeast side of West 2nd Ave. Look for the large Granville Island sign and the yellow and rainbow-ed Kids Market along Anderson St. northward.
Other Bus Routes
The Granville & 5th Ave at the south end of the Granville Bridge, is also an interchange for many of the urban and suburban routes. Hop off your bus at 5th Ave and walk 5-10 minutes northward under the bridge to get to Granville Island.
For more information about Vancouver's bus system, see www.translink.bc.ca or call (604) 953-3333.
Inexpensive and fun, the Aquabus and False Creek Ferry provide short rides across the False Creek Inlet, from the downtown side (north) to the Granville Island side (south).
The ferries run continuously from 7am to 10:30pm in the summer (8:30pm winter). Check their websites for specific schedules and information.
The rainbow-coloured Aquabus travels around False Creek with stops at the foot of Hornby St., Stamp's Landing, Yaletown (foot of Davie St.), and Science World. The Aquabus dock on Granville Island is located between the Public Market and the Arts Club Theatre.
False Creek Ferry
The False Creek Ferries also travel around the Inlet and stop at the Maritime Museum (west of Granville Island), the Aquatic Centre (under the Burrard St. Bridge, on the downtown side (north) of the Inlet), Stamp's Landing, and Science World (the easternmost point of False Creek). The False Creek Ferry dock on Granville Island is located near the entrance to Bridges Restaurant.
If you've got your own water-based transportation, there is a free public dock behind the Public Market that allows three-hour moorage. Space is limited, and is first come, first served.
Getting to Granville Island by car is easy since many main thoroughfares run nearby, including the Granville St. Bridge above, and 4th Avenue to the south, and Burrard St. to the west.
From your point of origin, travel towards the intersection of West 4th Avenue and Fir Street. Then head north on Fir Street, and take either the first right at West 3rd Avenue (which turns into Anderson St. to the left (north)), or take the second right at West 2nd Ave.
You will then find yourself at the intersection of West 2nd Avenue and Anderson St., and should be able to see the Granville Island sign under the bridge looking northward on Anderson St. Follow Anderson St. onto Granville Island.
As soon as you turn the corner onto Cartwright St., (where the Kids Market is located) you'll notice that all of the streets on the Island are now one-way.
Since Granville Island is people-friendly, there are many pedestrians walking about. While driving, please be aware of pedestrians, and watch for children.
Parking on Granville Island is limited. If you can, leave the car at home and get to Granville Island by bus, boat, bicycle or on foot.
Bicycle routes to Granville Island follow the main car routes, but there's also a pleasant, scenic bicycle path (shared with pedestrians) that runs east-to-west past the Island along the south shore of False Creek Inlet.
Aquabus also has a bike-friendly boat - the Cyquabus - that allows bicyclers to hop aboard from the dock at the foot of Hornby St., at an extra 50 cents per bike.
Many bike racks are located conveniently throughout the Island. Be sure to use a sturdy lock and fasten your bike securely.
Arriving on Granville Island by foot enables you to appreciate the Island from a whole new angle.
Walking from the East or West
A comfortable seaside walk follows the False Creek Inlet on both the north and south shores. The south shore walk, which passes right by Granville Island, begins at its easternmost point just under the Cambie Street Bridge, and heads all the way west to some of Vancouver's most popular beaches.
Walking from the North
Walk from anywhere in the downtown area to one of the False Creek Ferry or Aquabus docks at the Aquatic Centre, Yaletown, Science World, the foot of Hornby St., or the foot of Davie St. Hop on the boat for a quick jaunt over to Granville Island.
Walking from the South
You'll be following the underside of the Granville Street Bridge for some of your journey if you head to Granville Island from the south. Many roads culminate at the intersection of Anderson St. and West 2nd Ave., so take your pick, and watch for traffic.
What to Wear
No, it's not always raining in Vancouver. In fact, Vancouver is known among Canadian cities for its mild climate, and Granville Island's is milder still. The combination of urban convection (whereby the city around generates its own heat) and being on the water - where, thanks to the Japan Current, the temperature consistently stays above five degrees Celsius - the Island seldom suffers a frosty morning. In summer, the afternoon winds off English Bay ensure the temperature rarely rises above 25° C. May through October is normally dry, but during winter months it rains. A lot. Adapted to the rainy season, Granville Island incorporates generous awnings and covered walkways into its visitor areas, but it's good to be prepared for some dampness.
What to wear
The ideal outfit for strolling Granville Island goes something like this:
- Windbreaker. There's almost always a breeze. Windproof and waterproof fabrics such as Gore-Tex have become the unofficial uniform of the Pacific Northwest.
- Sensible shoes. Sturdy walking shoes or light hikers that can absorb acres of pavement and brave the occasional puddle will make your day more pleasant.
- Sweater or fleece top, gloves. Advisable from October to April, especially if you plan to get around on the water.
- Knapsack or shoulder bag. Convenient for squirreling away a few exotic groceries souvenirs.
- Sunglasses. Hey, you never know.