Granville Island Tours

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Overflowing with art studios, theaters, restaurants, and kid-friendly activities, Vancouver’s Granville Island is a popular spot for both tourists and locals. The “island”—really a small peninsula—is an ideal getaway from the bustle of city life, with waterfront views, scenic alleyways, and a thriving food and art culture.

The Basics
The Granville Island Public Market is a definite highlight, with its deli-style stalls and artisan stands full of local specialties. Foodies can discover the freshest and most unique offerings on a walking tour of the market, which includes tastings of homemade culinary delights such as maple-cured salmon, artisanal chocolates, and Canadian cheeses. Beer aficionados can tour the Granville Island Brewing Company, which also offers excellent pub-style lunches, while nature enthusiasts can take to the water on a kayak tour. Art lovers can admire work from up-and-coming artists at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and attend shows at the island’s three local theaters, which host afternoon and evening performances year-round. At the Kids Market, families with children can peruse stores full of toys, magic tricks, crafts, candy, and more. Visit on a full-day sightseeing tour of Vancouver to see Granville Island and other city highlights such as Stanley Park, Chinatown, and Gastown. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plan to spend at least several hours exploring Granville Island, whether you’re visiting independently or taking a walking tour.
  • Wear layers—there’s almost always a cool ocean breeze. Comfortable walking shoes are also a must. 
  • The public market is phasing out plastic shopping bags, so bring a reusable bag if you plan to purchase any souvenirs or marketplace treats.
  • Visitor amenities include accessible restrooms, parking lots, water fountains, and ATMs. There are also two playgrounds and a water park on the island. 

How to Get There
Since Granville Island is really a peninsula, it’s easy to access by road, as well as on foot. Parking can be limited during peak hours, especially on weekends and during the summer months, when it’s best to use public transportation. You can get to Granville Island via the public bus system and the False Creek ferry (also known as the aquabus). The ferry leaves from several points in downtown Vancouver, and the trip to Granville Island takes only a few minutes. 

When to Get There
The best time of year to visit Granville Island is during Vancouver’s brief, yet glorious, summer. Late July and August are especially popular times for families with kids, as these months provide the perfect weather for boat tours, strolling through market stalls, and enjoying local parks. During September, the hugely popular Vancouver International Fringe Festival stages numerous performances in Granville Island’s theater venues.

Things to Do Near Granville Island
Granville Island is centrally located in Vancouver, making it an ideal jumping-off point for visiting other city highlights. There are several attractions nearby: Kitsilano, with its beaches and trendy shops, is a 5-minute drive from Granville Island; Stanley Park is just on the other side of English Bay, a short ferry ride away; and the Museum of Vancouver, located on Kitts Point, is just 10 minutes away by road. To see nearby sights without suffering through rush hour traffic, private tours or boat rentals are both great ways to explore.


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Vancouver Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge

Enjoy a wonderful overview of the Pacific Northwest on this full-day coach tour of Vancouver and the adjacent North Shore. Wind through downtown, Chinatown, Gastown, and the Lions Gate Bridge. Visit Granville Island, snap photos from the Vancouver Lookout's observation deck and admire Stanley Park’s famous indigenous peoples' story poles. The teetering Capilano Suspension Bridge and the glass floors of the Cliffwalk will make your hair rise. Stop at a salmon hatchery before you’re transported back to Vancouver.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Food Walking Tour of Granville Island Public Market

Explore the Granville Island Public Market, a top Vancouver attraction, with an off-duty chef on this 2-hour food walking tour. With your in-the-know guide, make your way through the vibrant stalls and sample homemade culinary delights, such as maple-cured salmon, ciabatta bread, artisanal chocolates, Canadian cheeses and just-made doughnuts. Sip a delicious chai tea latte and get to know Granville Island’s craft beer scene, art galleries and specialty restaurants. Bring your appetite!
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Small-Group Granville Island Market Tour

Give your Vancouver trip a twist with a 2-hour walking tour of the vibrant Granville Island Public Market. Head to the island and get ready to learn about Vancouver’s eclectic food culture, browse diverse products and meet local artisans and vendors. In a small group, taste regional foods from fine cheeses and meats to local wine and fresh baked goods. Get a dose of culinary education as you explore, sample and get insider tips on the area's best eateries from your expert guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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English Bay Jet Ski Tour from Vancouver

Enjoy high-speed thrills over the waves in English Bay and Howe Sound on this morning Jet Ski tour from Vancouver. Following a 30-minute safety briefing, hop onto your single- or double-rider Sea-Doo watercraft and take to the water. Follow your guide through English Bay and out toward Horseshoe Bay, and enjoy panoramic views over the bays, beaches and coves of Bowen Island. Head through beautiful Howe Sound to Bowyer Island and see native harbor seals lazing by the shoreline at Pam Rocks. Then, return to base via Anvil Island.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Full Day Best of Vancouver Private City Tour and Wine Tasting

Combine two of Vancouver’s most popular activities — sightseeing and wine tasting — on a private 9-hour tour of Canada’s cultural capital. Tick off top attractions such as Vancouver Chinatown, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Lions Gate Bridge before visiting some of British Columbia’s top wineries in the afternoon. Visit the cellars, explore the vineyards and, most importantly taste locally-grown wine varietals. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Vancouver Jet Ski Rental

Hop onto your Sea-Doo Jet Ski to explore Vancouver’s English Bay and Howe Sound in style with this 2-, 3- or 8-hour Jet Ski rental from Granville Island. Head to the water sports center on Granville Island for your safety briefing. Then, take to the waves at your leisure. Zoom through English Bay and around Howe Sound’s 22 islands, and enjoy breathtaking views over Vancouver’s rugged coastline. Whizz through Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island, seek a secluded spot around Bowyer Island or watch harbor seals lazing on Pam Rocks.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Deluxe Vancouver City and Great Outdoors Private Tour

Visit some of Vancouver’s most popular sites, then escape the hustle of city life and discover the surrounding outdoor region on this private day trip. Visit some of Vancouver’s primary points of interest, then explore the forest trails and breathe in the fresh mountain air with scenic views of Vancouver Island and Mount Baker, Washington.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Full Day Best of Vancouver Private City and Gardens Tour

Combine an exploration of some of Vancouver’s top neighborhoods with a garden-themed sightseeing  8-hour private city tour by limo. Explore Vancouver attractions like Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, and the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden in the morning. After lunch you’ll enjoy the views fro Queen Elizabeth Park and tour the Blodel Conservatory and VanDusen Botanical Garden.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full Day Best of Vancouver Private City Tour and Beer Tasting

Raise your glass for a full day of craft beer tasting and sightseeing 8-hour private city tour of Vancouver. Explore Vancouver attractions like Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, and more in the morning. Then spend the afternoon toasting your adventures during a tasting tour visiting several of the city’s best craft brewers. All entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport in a private limo are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Granville Island Night Photography Tour

Explore Vancouver through your camera lens and snap happy on this 2-hour Granville Island night photography tour. Set off through the streets as darkness falls and watch the bright city lights flicker on. Listen as your guide explains the correct aiming and framing techniques to employ, and master tricks such as long exposure and focus play. Capture fine views as the sun sets over Granville Island, snap top landmarks in False Creek, the Burrard and Granville Street, and discover the beauty of Vancouver’s bridges, boats and waterways by night.
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English Bay Jet Ski Tour from Vancouver with Dinner on Bowen Island

Amp up your Vancouver vacation with a thrilling 3.5-hour jet ski tour of Howe Sound and dinner at a waterside pub! Delight in lovely evening views of English Bay, Howe Sound and Bowen Island as you rip up the water on your single or double Sea-Doo Watercraft. You’ll see native wildlife, view breathtaking coastal scenery, and savor a hearty dinner and drink on Bowen Island before heading back to the mainland.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Illuminated Kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour in Vancouver

Explore the waters off Granville Island by night on this 1.5-hour illuminated kayak or stand-up paddleboard tour in Vancouver. Head into the protected inlet of False Creek with your guide when the crowds have disappeared. Enjoy breathtaking views over the city’s famous skyline as the sun sinks below the horizon, and watch as the sky explodes in color. After sunset, paddle into English Bay as your LED lights illuminate the water — a truly unique experience! Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Customize your sightseeing tour of vibrant Vancouver with multiple pass options for a hop-on hop-off tour aboard a clear-top bus. Let someone else drive you around town, and choose when to disembark at any of the 29 stops, such as Chinatown, Stanley Park and Gastown. Choose between the CITY Route (15 stops), PARK Route (21 stops) or the DUAL Pass (29 stops). You'll able to explore historical landmarks and shop along Robson Street at your own pace.
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Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge

Spend half a day touring Vancouver’s natural and urban highlights on this sightseeing bus tour. Your savvy guide will escort you to key attractions such as Canada Place, Robson Street, Granville Island, Chinatown and Gastown. Listen to interesting commentary as you wind through vibrant neighborhoods and tree-lined paths in Stanley Park. Then head to Capilano Suspension Bridge for an exhilarating walk along the cliff-hanging footpaths.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Vancouver City Private Tour

While in beautiful Vancouver, treat yourself to a private tour of the city’s best sites! Your personal guide will escort your small group to key attractions such as Stanley Park, Granville Island, Chinatown and Gastown. Travel at your own pace, and request stops to snap photos, grab a souvenir or have a closer look at a site. Vancouver is at your fingertips on this private tour!
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Vancouver City Tour with Vancouver Lookout Admission

Soak up the city scenery on a half-day coach tour of seaport Vancouver! Your expert guide will escort you to key attractions such as Canada Place, Robson Street, Granville Island, Chinatown and Gastown. Travel through the winding canopies of Stanley Park, check out epic totem poles at Brockton Point and head to the top of the Vancouver Lookout for panoramic views of the city and its stunning natural backdrop. 
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Vancouver AquaBus Ferry Ticket

Make your travel within Vancouver easy as pie with an AquaBus Ferry ticket. Book a one day or month pass and experience downtown Vancouver in a scenic and hassle-free way. Hop off at eight stops conveniently located along False Creek near major attractions, including Granville Island, Hornby Street, Yaletown, Plaza of Nations and The Village. Bikes, pets and strollers are welcome aboard too, giving you even more flexibility.
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Vancouver Highlights Bike Tour

Discover the beauty and culture of Vancouver on a small-group bike tour – great for riders of all levels! Over five hours, accompany your guide on a leisurely ride along dedicated bike routes. Explore the city’s natural wonders like Stanley Park's rain forest and historic neighborhoods like Gastown and Chinatown – featuring one of the world’s best city gardens. Cruise along the seawalls for gorgeous views of the North Shore Mountains, False Creek and more!
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Vancouver Private Day Tour and Capilano Suspension Bridge

Experience the best of Vancouver, B.C. with a 5-hour private sightseeing experience that includes the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Enjoy the flexibility to tailor the day to your interests, starting with the historic and cultural landmarks of central Vancouver. Walk the narrow streets of Gastown and Chinatown, get perfect views from Stanley Park and see the bustling shops of Granville Island. Get a taste of mountain air and scenery from the bridge that sways above the Capilano River, with VIP, skip-the-line access and a private tour of the park’s important sights.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Tour: Vancouver 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

Experience Vancouver’s top attractions and learn a wealth of information from a personalized guide on this private 3-hour tour. Travel aboard a comfortable sedan, SUV or van and visit highlights such as Stanley Park, Robson Street, Cypress Mountain Lookout and more, with a 30-minute stop at the Granville Market. Customize your itinerary and enjoy round-trip chauffeur transport from your hotel or cruise ship terminal on this private tour that accommodates up to 11 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Full Day Best of Vancouver Private City Tour and Alpine Adventure

Combine city sights with Alpine splendor on a private 10-hour tour of Vancouver highlights including Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park. Tick off top attractions such as Vancouver Chinatown, Queen Elizabeth Park — home to the highest lookout point in the city — and Gastown before crossing Lions Gate Bridge to the vertiginous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Plus, you’ll visit Grouse Mountain, take the Skyride to the summit, and see endangered grizzly bears in the nature reserve. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Vancouver Whale Watching Safari

Watch for orca, gray and humpback whales on a 8-hour wildlife safari from Vancouver on a comfortable, covered boat. Learn about the whales’ lives, behavior and migration patterns from a trained naturalist, and try to spot the dolphins, seals, sea lions and bald eagles that thrive along the Pacific Coast. Whales are sighted on 85% of trips.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Independent Bike Tour of Vancouver

Pedal through Vancouver’s parks, historic districts and seaside paths with an independent bike tour of the city. Enjoy access to bike tour maps designed by local experts, and design the perfect route for your interests. Go as fast as you want, or set a leisurely pace as you take in sweeping views of the coastline and Stanley Park, or ride up the Spanish Banks to discover picture-perfect sandy beaches. See the city like a local, and get the perfect overview and orientation of Vancouver.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Best of Vancouver Private Evening City Tour

Explore this stunning city at night during a private evening tour of Vancouver. Journey through the streets of this picturesque destination that lies between the mountains and the sea. Visit the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics and get a taste of what this popular destination has to offer after dark. This three-hour tour is designed for travelers who might otherwise miss out on seeing this incredible city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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