Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Granville Island

The entire family will adore Granville Island! (Tourism Vancouver/Hubert Kang)

Once home to factories, plants and sawmills, Granville Island has evolved into a culinary and artisan hub. Equally appealing to locals and visitors, the neighbourhood – technically a peninsula – is situated along False Creek, right underneath the Granville Bridge. More than 300 retailers, artists, theatres, craft studios, tour companies and other businesses make their home here, anchored by the bustling Granville Island Public Market. So what are you waiting for? Let’s hop aboard a rainbow-coloured Aquabus or False Creek Ferry and zoom over to Granville Island!

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Granville Island

Escape from Land Life – Paddle Vancouver

Photo: Ecomarine Paddlesports Centres

On clear, warm, bright sunny days Vancouver’s waterways come alive. Truth to be told, if it floats, Vancouverites will paddle it! I have said it before, and I will repeat it, exploring the city by water is a uniquely Vancouver experience and one that should not be missed. Imagine paddling under the Burrard Street Bridge or viewing Science World and Yaletown from the ocean. From the scenic fjord of Indian Arm to the calm, protected waters of the Nicomekl River there are countless local paddling routes available for those who dare to don a life jacket. Views of sandy beaches, rocky shores, towering skyscrapers, quirky float homes and ocean-going tankers are abundant, all part of a quick escape from life on land.

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Escape from Land Life – Paddle Vancouver

Celebrate Vancouver’s Shoreline at Water’s Edge Day on October 1

photo: Takaya Tours

photo: Takaya Tours

On October 1, join the waterfront celebration at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Expect a full day of great activities for the entire family that explore the shoreline – all part of Water’s Edge Day. These include guided dragon boat tours, kayaking and First Nations canoe tours, arts and crafts workshops, touch tanks, children’s entertainers, live music, and entrance to the Museum. And it’s all FREE!

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Celebrate Vancouver’s Shoreline at Water’s Edge Day on October 1

10th Annual MEC Paddlefest – Jericho Beach

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Sunset, Broken Island Group Photo: Rob Weiss

Is there anything more quintessentially Canadian than a boy and a girl in a little canoe?  The Canadian Canoe museum suggests that “in the history of watercraft, the canoe of the Aboriginal Peoples is perhaps the ultimate expression of elegance and function.  All of its parts come from nature, and when it is retired, it returns to nature.”  Historically, the canoe played a huge role in almost all assets of life and certainly played a large role in British Columbia’s history.  Fast forward to downtown Vancouver today.  While we might not see many voyageurs or red cedar Haida canoes cruising our local waters, on June 18th, paddles of all types will be joyously dipping into the ocean off Jericho beach.

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10th Annual MEC Paddlefest – Jericho Beach

Water’s Edge Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Oct. 3rd

photo: Takaya Tours

Photo: Takaya Tours

Vancouver is a city shaped by more than 58 kilometers of waterfront. From the industrial Port lands in the Burrard inlet to the Fraser River, there is an abundant variety of activities. The Seawall wraps around downtown and Stanley Park, connecting all of our beautiful beaches, the log booms, marinas and small streams that punctuate the shoreline and display just how much of our city is linked to the waterfront.

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Water’s Edge Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Oct. 3rd

Water’s Edge Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Sunday Oct. 5th

photo: Takaya Tours

photo: Takaya Tours

Vancouver is a city shaped by its over 58 kilometers of waterfront. From the industrial Port lands in the Burrard inlet to the Fraser River there is an abundant variety of activities. The Seawall that snakes around downtown and Stanley Park connecting all of our beautiful beaches, the log booms, marinas and small streams that punctuate the shoreline  display how much our city is linked to the waterfront in some form.

This weekend, expect to see crowds celebrating the waterfront at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Expect a full day of great activities that will explore the waterfront, including guided boat tours, cycle tours, kayaking and First Nations canoe tours, bird walks and art workshops.

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Water’s Edge Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Sunday Oct. 5th

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