Province/Territory: British Columbia

Experience the market from a chef’s perspective

  • 55 permanent food stalls
  • 12.2 million visitors each year
  • 05 chocolate treats for my return flight home

Imagine an island in the heart of the city. Tall-masted sailboats line its wharves; the cries of seagulls rise over the salty air. Discover a place where locals and visitors mingle visiting galleries, artists’ studios and the culinary heart of Vancouver—Granville Island Public Market.

On Edible Canada’s signature tours of the market, you’ll have help from an experienced, knowledgeable chef, who will lead you through the maze of market stalls on a sightseeing feast for all your senses. Join a small group of like-minded foodies and become immersed in local food culture.

Why you should visit
  • Learn a professional chef’s insider secrets on how to shop for produce during a grand tour of Granville Island Public Market.
  • Special relationships cultivated by Edible Canada’s chefs mean you’ll have access to advice from friendly market vendors and a chance to savour their free samples.
  • Watch elk prosciutto being sliced paper-thin at a charcuterie, stroll past displays of fresh-caught prawns on ice, hear the whoosh of foam at a cappuccino bar, and smell the exotic aromas of Granville Island Tea Company’s Chai.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Hours & Admission Prices.
  • Tickets for all tours must be purchased in advance. The cut off time for ticket purchases is 3pm the day prior to the tour. Tickets cannot be purchased the day of the tour.
  • Granville Island is open year-round, seven days per week 9am-7pm.
  • On-site bank machine.
  • Gift and craft shops.
When to go
  • July and August bring the warmest weather, but as you’re inside it’s a perfect rainy day activity.
  • Visit in Autumn and taste seasonal pumpkin in every variety from cakes and pies to ales and candies.
  • Throughout Christmas, sample seasonal holiday gingerbread goodies.
  • Taste the sunshine throughout spring and summer in fresh fruit, bursting with goodness.
Need to know
  • The market is wheelchair accessible.
  • Wear comfortable footwear and bring your appetite!
  • Children’s programs are available.
  • Each tour lasts for two hours, but allow time afterwards to explore the market and shops of Granville Island.
Getting Here
  • Parking can be hard to find on the Island in the summer, so make use of the fun public transport, or take a beach-side walk. Take a short journey on the 50 bus from downtown Vancouver to Granville Island.
  • The rainbow-coloured Aquabus runs all day until evening, picking up from various spots around the city, just a short ferry ride across the False Creek inlet. Ride the little blue False Creek Ferry to the island, running from the Aquatic Centre.
  • Take a pleasant seaside stroll along the False Creek Inlet on the north or south shores. The south shore walk, which passes right by Granville Island, begins at its easternmost point just under the Cambie Street Bridge, and heads all the way west to some of Vancouver's most popular beaches.