One of our family's favourite spots to hit on the weekend is Granville Island.
Granville Island is literally a little island right in the middle of the city of Vancouver and is surrounded by marinas. It's made up of an amazing fresh food market and a slightly chaotic series of criss-cross streets with outdoor shops, restaurants and theatres.
The food market is all indoors and is a series of independently owned food shops. There's really nothing you can't find here...produce, fish, meat, desserts, cheese, bread and an awesome food court as well. There are tons of ethnic products and if you're ever looking for a hard to find ingredient, you'll probably find it here.
The kids market is a 2-story building dedicated to all things "kid". There's a ball pit, a maze, an arcade, a candy store and tons of specialty shops including costume store, boutique clothes stores and zillions of toy stores. It's also home to what seems like millions of screaming and sometimes crying children so be prepared for the noise.
Once last year when I was enjoying a scrumptious lunch with friends at Bridges Restaurant a grey whale took a detour from his migration path and ended in the water right outside the restaurant.
You can drive right into Granville Island but if you decide you don't want to, this super cute Aqua Bus ferries shoppers back and forth across False Creek from the island to the city.
These guys get a big awwww.
There are a number of theatres for adults, youth and children and there's even a theatre school for kids. How awesome!
For those of you who aren't familiar with Emily Carr, let me introduce her. She was a Canadian artist and one of the first to introduce Canadian art in a post-impressionist style. She is one of the beloved Group of Seven and is described by most Canadians as a "Canadian icon". What does this have to do with Granville Island you wonder. The prestigious Emily Carr University of Art + Design is located in Granville Island. This lends a funky, edgy feel with all the cool kids wandering about the place. Because of the school, there are also a surplus of amazing art supply stores located on the island.
So, what do you think? Do you love Granville Island as much as I do?