Spring Break Adventures 2013: Granville Island

Our third Spring Break Adventure took us to Granville Island. Granville Island is not really an island but a peninsula, located under the south end of the Granville Street bridge. In the past it was an industrial area, but it was redeveloped beginning in the 1970s and is now home to a renowned public market, shops, restaurants, theatres, a hotel, a marina, a children’s playground and waterpark, and the Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Granville Island’s history has not been erased, though; a concrete company has plants located on the Island, and most of the original industrial buildings have been retained.

We got to Granville Island on foot by crossing the Laurel Street overpass to the south side of False Creek and following the seawall directly there. It was a beautiful spring day and lots of people were out walking with their dogs and kids or biking along the seawall.

Upon arrival we played in the playground for a while, took a look at the houseboats in Sea Village, then went into the public market for a snack at the famous Lee’s Donuts. On our way off the Island we passed Kids Market which houses shops, an arcade, and an indoor playground called The Adventure Zone. We didn’t go inside this time, but in the past we have spent many hours (and dollars!) there. Granville Island is a wonderful place to visit, rain or shine.

Take a look at some photos from our Granville Island adventure.

Crossing over West 6th Avenue to the False Creek seawall
on the Laurel Street overpass


Boats in False Creek with Granville Bridge in background


Sea Village houseboats


Ocean Concrete, est. 1917


In the public market: rainbow trout on ice


In the public market: fresh strawberries


Kids Market


Entrance to Granville Island, under the Granville Street bridge

Stay tuned for our next adventure, a trip to Steveston!

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