Granville Island has a history nearly as old as Vancouver itself. Vancouver’s original name was Granville until it was changed in 1886 and the island has gone through many changes since then. A significant reclamation project in 1915 increased the size and stability of Granville Island (then called ‘Industrial Island’ - but the name didn’t stick long). By 1923 the ‘island’ was covered in corrugated tin buildings, a practice that has remained today.
Today Granville Island is many things to many people. The Public Market is a place to get something for dinner or to have lunch in the bustling common area ringed by a multitude of culinary options.
There are a few other great eating places elsewhere on Granville Island. Those searching for entertainment are rewarded with buskers and a few arts clubs. The Island is home to a brewing company and recently a distillery. You can find artisans and many art supplies on the Island. Charming ferries and AquaBuses bring visitors to the Island from stops around False Creek.
I am blessed to live close to Granville Island and have made several trips there with my camera and shopping bags. To give a complete description of all the amenities and treats the Island has to offer would take many posts.