In August, my husband and I went to Seattle, Vancouver, and Whistler for our delayed honeymoon. We enjoyed exploring Seattle’s Pike Place Market, but it was chaotic. The hallways were so packed with people shoving in every direction, so it was hard to see everything we wanted to.
When we moved on to Vancouver, some people had suggested we check out Granville Island. It’s a tiny 37-acre island in downtown Vancouver that you can get to from a short ferry ride on a tiny boat. In addition to having restaurants, bars, antique and art galleries, and entertainment venues, it has a very popular public market. It is similar to Pike Place Market, but smaller, more navigable, and far less crowded. Merchants sell a variety of seafood, fresh flowers, produce, cheese, desserts, homemade pasta, and more.
According to Tourism Vancouver, the island was an industrial workplace in the 1880s. In the 1970s, urban planners decided they could do some magical things with it. It’s now home to 300 businesses, and 10.5 million visitors go there each year.
Here are some of my favorite photos I took at Granville Island’s Public Market..