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

Main Street Station Farmers Market and Granville Island Farmers Market Open This Week

Photo credit: hanspetermeyer.ca

Photo credit: hanspetermeyer.ca

It’s Vancouver farmers market season. Whatever you’re looking for, I guarantee one of the seven markets–each with its own personality– has it. The first round of neighbourhood farmers markets (Trout Lake, Kitsilano) opened in May. The West End Farmers Market kicked off last Saturday, June 1. Then the fancy-pants Shangri-La Farmers Market launched in Coal Harbour.

This week, the Main Street Station Farmers Market opens Wednesday, June 5 bringing farm-fresh produce and specialty prepared foods to the 1100 block of Station Street along Thornton Park near the Main Street Skytrain Station. Stop by on your way home from work between 3pm and 7pm to grab some goodies for dinner. With today’s sunshine, a False Creek picnic is another appealing option. You have this option every Wednesday through October 2.

Tomorrow, June 6, Granville Island Farmers Market opens. Since the 1970s, the Public Market on Granville Island has been Canada’s most iconic food market. When the sun shines, the market featuring Fraser Valley-grown plants and produce spills outside to Triangle Square creating one of the city’s largest farmers markets. Continue reading:
Main Street Station Farmers Market and Granville Island Farmers Market Open This Week

Just Announced: Winterruption Festival Limited Edition Doughnut Flavours Will Be Salted Caramel and Lemon Cake – Feb. 22-24

Winterruption Festival 2013 Granville Island food events doughnuts

Zesty Lemon Cake Winterruption Doughnut. Photo credit: Scott Fraser

Oh sweet fried dough. How I love you. Lee’s Donuts – located in Granville Island Public Market – is offering two limited edition doughnut flavours for Granville Island’s Winterruption Festival taking place this weekend, February 22-24.

The Winterruption doughnut flavours have just been announced. Drum roll please. They are Salted Caramel (featuring owner Betty-Ann Lee’s home-made caramel) and Zesty Lemon Cake (a lemon cake base topped with goopy lemon frosting and fresh lemon zest).

Vancouver has experienced a mini wave of avante garde doughnut shop openings in the last year (Lucky’s x 2, Cartems, etc.). The newcomers have upped the doughnut flavour ante. Glazed is great and all, but what about honey pistachio, earl grey or square (!) PB&J doughnuts?

Meanwhile old fashioned doughnut shops, such as Lee’s Donuts, continue to step up their game. Lee’s is known for their honey dip, which converts even the staunchest doughnut hater to lover. But the well-loved shop also updates their doughnut flavours seasonally with limited edition options including Winterruption doughnuts, pumpkin spice in fall, Canada Day flavour and more. Continue reading:
Just Announced: Winterruption Festival Limited Edition Doughnut Flavours Will Be Salted Caramel and Lemon Cake – Feb. 22-24

Winterruption 2012 Festival on Granville Island February 24 – 26

Winterruption Arts Festival at Granville Island

February 2012 is shaping up to be a month packed with things to do in Vancouver: This weekend is the inaugural City and Slope Festival (which includes Illuminate Yaletown), next week there are 10 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day, and at the end of February there’s the 7th annual Winterruption Festival on Granville Island.

Winterruption 2012 is a three-day festival loaded with all-ages fun. Celebrating both local and international artists of all disciplines, the festival has kids’ theatre and activities, art exhibitions from Granville Island’s many residents artists and artisans, live music presented by the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, and foodie events from Edible Canada. Basically, if you love food, theatre, music, and arts, they’ve got you covered.

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Winterruption 2012 Festival on Granville Island February 24 – 26

New Chef-Led Tours at Granville Island

Granville Island is not only one of Vancouver’s biggest tourist destinations.  It’s also a mecca for hardcore foodies, with hundreds of shops and stalls selling fresh produce and meats, as well as gourmet prepared foods and artisanal cheeses, sausages and much more.  In fact, the Granville Island Public Market is so jam-packed with culinary treasures that it can be a bit intimidating for a first-timer.  I’ve been there dozens of times and still feel like I’ve only scratched the surface.

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Granville Island Water Park – Free Summer Fun for Kids

Granville Island Water Park. Photo by Dana Lynch

Remember when you were a kid and you cooled off on hot summer days by running through the sprinkler in the front yard? Now imagine the biggest, most awesome sprinkler and a yard complete with slides and pipes and brightly-coloured fountains—that’s the Granville Island Water Park.

The largest free water park in North America, the Granville Island Water Park is just one of Vancouver’s free water/spray parks (there’s another in Stanley Park by Second Beach Pool), but it’s by far the best.

Not only is it huge, its equipped with a water slide, gushing geysers, and water pipes. Plus, it’s on Granville Island, which means a few hours at the water park can easily expand into an entire day of free and cheap fun: Families can explore the Granville Island Public Market and the jam-packed Kids Market, take a boat ride on the Aquabus, or walk/bike east along the seawall (Island Park Walk) for fabulous views of the downtown core.

The complete Granville Island Water Park is open June 29 – September 6, 2010; the Spray Park & yellow slide are open weekdays June 21 – August 25, 2010.

Love Vancouver’s free water parks? Have more ideas for free summer activities for kids? Please tell us in the comments!

Granville Island Public Market: A year-round foodie Olympics

Fresh produce and gourmet ingredients from around the world are available at the Granville Island Public Market.

The Olympic houses set up around Vancouver have given visitors a chance to sample culinary delights from around the globe.  In the mood for authentic Swiss raclette? Head to the House of Switzerland.  Bison burgers? Giddy’up to Saskatchewan House.  Pickled pork knuckle and sauerkraut? That would be Saxony House.

But what many first-timers to the city don’t realize is that Vancouver has its own United Nations of food.  At the Granville Island Public Market, a sprawling waterfront warehouse filled with fresh meat and produce, you can try Ukrainian perogies, Vietnamese spring rolls, curries, German sausages and more, all under one roof.

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