Kids In Vancouver: 5 Perfect Picnic Spots In Granville Island

Granville Island | Photo: Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool (Colin Knowles)

Granville Island | Photo: Inside Vancouver Flickr (Colin Knowles)

While Granville Island is most famous for its waterfront public market, eclectic shops and diverse arts community, the world-renowned peninsula is also home to some hidden outdoor spots that are perfect for spending a quiet day outdoors with kids.

Amongst the remnant rusty buildings of the once industrial manufacturing area, are lush pockets of tree-lined parks, perfect for reading quietly by the water or enjoying family picnics on the grass. With endless take-out dining options in and around the Public Market, Granville Island is the place to be on a warm sunny day.

Here are the 5 best spots to take your food-to-go for a picnic in the park in Granville Island.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Perfect Picnic Spots In Granville Island

Cruising Vancouver’s False Creek – Aquabus Style

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Aquabus tour of False Creek Photo: Rob Weiss

What comes to mind when you think about cruising?  Cocktails on the Lido deck, gourmet meals, shipboard entertainment and exotic destinations?  Well, reimagine cruising and conjure up the image of a little engine that could chugging through the waters of False Creek.  Now add a Canadian flag, a rainbow coloured exterior and voila – Aquabus.  These ferries have been plying Vancouver’s waters since 1983, transporting passengers between stops located along the banks of False Creek.  I decided it was time to discover my inner mariner and spend a day with Aquabus, a staycation so to speak.

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Cruising Vancouver’s False Creek – Aquabus Style

Granville Island Date Itinerary: From Cake Doughnuts to Live Theatre

Flickr: Natty K

Flickr: Natty K

It was around this time of year that I had a stellar date on Granville Island. Warm, sunny days were back in the city, and suddenly, indoor dates in coffee shops and bars seemed less than appealing. I had met this cute guy on-line (again), we had gone on the obligatory first date where we mutually ascertained that neither of us was crazy (I hid my quirks well), and then agreed to meet up again.

Granville Island really is one of my favourite places in Vancouver. I worked at a (now closed) bookstore there one summer, regularly do yoga classes there at Semperviva, and often shop there for groceries and gifts for friends. So, when my date made an impromptu suggestion that we hang out at Granville Island, I gave him an enthusiastic, “Yes!” Our meeting gave me the template for the perfect Granville Island date.

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Granville Island Date Itinerary: From Cake Doughnuts to Live Theatre

Best Metro Vancouver Day Trips to Do Without a Car

aquabusNo need to let the lack of a vehicle prevent you from exploring the multiple attractions in and around Vancouver. Below are a handful of adventures with easy transit options.

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Best Metro Vancouver Day Trips to Do Without a Car

Winterruption Festival Ready to Cure Your Winter Blahs

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Image courtesy of Winterruption Festival / Granville Island

“Uh, excuse me? Winter? Can you please, just… uh… stop for a second!?” If you’ve found yourself thinking that very sentence in the past few weeks (although it’s more for the rain than for the cold temperatures!) you’re in luck… The 11th annual Winterruption Festival is coming back to Vancouver this weekend (February 19-21) for some fun and festive music, dance, theatre, art, food, craft, and so many activities!

The event is an exciting and eclectic break from the doldrums of Winter, taking place on Granville Island with an incredible range of events and performances all across the island. Winterruption promises something surprising around every corner, so you’ll never know what to expect!

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Vancouver International Boat Show, Jan 20-24 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Western Canada’s largest boat show, the Vancouver International Boat Show, will run from Wednesday, January 20 to Sunday, January 24, 2016. The 54th annual event is set to host an exciting lineup of the newest and most innovative boats and accessories from over 250 exhibitors, along with entertaining and informative seminars for all of your boating needs.
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Girl Jam Off Leash showcases Vancouver’s top female improvisors

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Vancouver improvisers Jamie Chrest and Sarah Dawn Pledge. Peter Williams, Red Eye Studios photo. Pictured:

Every Wednesday in November and December, Vancouver TheatreSports is showcasing some of Vancouver’s top female improvisors.

Girl Jam, a presentation of the Vancouver TheatreSports League, features an all-female cast in what the League calls the “Off Leash” slot (9:15 p.m.).

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Girl Jam Off Leash showcases Vancouver’s top female improvisors

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