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Granville Island Public Market: Our most recommended tours and activities

Vancouver Bicycle Tour

1. Vancouver Bicycle Tour

Explore Vancouver's highlights on a guided bike tour to the city's top sights and districts. See more in less time as you peddle by Beaver Lake and along English Bay. Take a ferry across False Creek and view the Olympic Village complex and Gastown.  Meet your group at the bike rental shop in downtown Vancouver and put on your helmet. Listen to a safety briefing before taking off along flat, protected bikeways. Travel at a leisurely pace, allowing you to soak up the city's vibrant culture. Start with a tour of the world-famous Stanley Park including the stunning seawall and the mesmerizing forested trails within. Wave to the beavers at Beaver Lake and marvel at the towering trees. Cycle through English Bay, home to some of the hottest beaches in the city. Hop on a ferry over False Creek to discover amazing food and art at Granville Island. You'll have a one-hour break, leaving you time to find some lunch in the area. Travel along the seawall that follows False Creek. Take in the city skyline framed by the North Shore Mountains. Pass by the Olympic Village complex and Science World. Hear about Expo ’86 and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Finally, travel back in time to check out Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown including a visit to the Dr Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens and history-rich Gastown. Learn about the city’s beginnings as a logging outpost and hear about infamous Gassy Jack. See Vancouver's first pub before heading to the seawall and making your way back to the bike shop through Coal Harbor. One last look at waterfront provides a great view of marinas and seaplanes taking off and landing.

Vancouver: 3-Hour Bowen Island Boat Cruise with Dinner

2. Vancouver: 3-Hour Bowen Island Boat Cruise with Dinner

The tour departs from Granville Island at 5:30pm and heads across the scenic and tranquil water towards Bowen Island. From your stylish boat, admire Vancouver’s stunning skyline while listening to interesting commentary and fun facts about the city. There’s also the opportunity to see some native marine wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled throughout the sail. Upon arrival at Bowen Island, enjoy an incredible dinner at one of the location’s very best restaurants, accompanied by refreshing drinks. Afterwards, spend some time exploring the local shops on the island and soaking up the friendly, small town vibe. Finally, get back on board the boat for the journey back to Vancouver, passing through the beautiful Howe Sound along the way for more sightseeing.

VIP Access Granville Island Market Tour

3. VIP Access Granville Island Market Tour

Noisy and chaotic, yet irresistibly atmospheric, Granville Island is one of Canada’s most-visited sites and Vancouver's destination for lovers of food, art and culture. Offering seasonal local produce, alongside a slice of local life, the market is the place to rub elbows with local chefs shopping for the day's menu. During the 2-hour tour, sample a range of fine foods from independent farmers and food artisans from Vancouver and beyond. The variety on offer includes smoked salmon and local cheeses to charcuterie, melt-in-your-mouth donuts and chocolates. Visiting the Granville Island Public Market is an authentic way to experience Vancouver and see its merchants in action!

Vancouver: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

4. Vancouver: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

Take a peek behind Vancouver's big tourist attractions and feast your eyes on a few of the city's hidden gems as revealed by true locals. Enjoy a private and personalized experience with a local host matched to your interests. In the heart of downtown Vancouver, your local insider will lead you from the Rainbow Crosswalk to explore the hip neighborhood of the West End, where you might be lucky to spot some little hidden gnomes. Hang out with the locals along Sunset Beach Park and take a walk along the Seawall, the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path. Discover a hidden, brightly colored alleyway downtown, perfect for any Instagram lover. Explore the lesser-known hotspots near Engine 347 and if shopping is your thing, Granville Market offers a delectable menu of arts, crafts, and delicious food. Forego the well-trodden tourist routes of trendy downtown and instead take a turn into 10th Avenue to discover beautifully painted heritage homes. The local partner's handpicked hosts are culinary connoisseurs and history buffs, bakers and bankers, students and seniors. Like the people who travel with them, they have different backgrounds and interests — but they're all so passionate about the place they call home, they choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them.

2:00PM Bike Tour of Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island

5. 2:00PM Bike Tour of Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island

Start your tour at the sandy shores of English Bay. Follow the beach path east with your bike tour guide. Stop along False Creek seawall to view the colourful "Giants" mural by Osgemeos. Leave the seawall and head into the Yaletown district for a quick stop at the Roundhouse Community Centre. See the first train across Canada and hear about Vancouver's connection to the railroad. Return to the seawall and bike through the stadium district, alongside BC Place, The Park Casino and Rogers Arena. Skip across the city to Gastown, Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood. Hear the story of Gassy Jack, stop at the Vancouver Steamclock and gaze up at the impressive design of the Woodwards Tower. Slide over to Chinatown for a peak inside the meditative Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. Learn about the important role the Chinese played in the development of Canada and hear the quirky story of the Chinatown otter. Pedal through Strathcona, Vancouver's first residential neighbourhood. Pause in front of Nora Hendrix's house and hear Vancouver's connection to the legendary guitar player. Stop for a tasty treat at La Casa Gelato, the Guinness World Record setting ice cream shop with 238 flavours to choose from. Ride through the Olympic Athlete's Village as you return west along the south side of False Creek. Cycle onto Granville Island for a slow roll past the artisan shops and remaining factory elements. Park the bikes and putter through the over 100 stalls in the Granville Island Public Market. Return to the bikes for a quick sea jaunt across False Creek on the Aquabus ferry system. Arrive back at the bike shop for a quick tour debrief, recommendation list and Instagram selfie!

Vancouver: False Creek Guided Walking Tour

6. Vancouver: False Creek Guided Walking Tour

Discover the False Creek inlet of Vancouver on a walking tour with a local guide. Visit significant areas and landmarks, including the Olympic Village and Vancouver's public labyrinth. Explore Granville Island, with a stop to get a sweet treat from the Public Market, and finish back at False Creek. Meet your guide in front of the Science World building. Start by learning about the statue of Dr. James Till and Ernest McCulloch, the Canadian scientists who pioneered stem cell research in the 1960s. From there, head to the Olympic Village, built for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and now used as residential housing. Discover why it is considered one of the greenest communities in the world, and how it aligns with the city's goals of addressing environmental, economic, and social issues. Next, walk by amazing sights including Habitat Island park, the Vancouver Labyrinth, Grassy Knoll, and the Stamps Landing dock. Take a ferry to continue the tour on Granville Island. Explore the island's many restaurants, stores, galleries, theaters, and parks with your guide. Head to the famous Public Market, which is home to more than 50 independent food traders. Here, you'll get to taste a handmade donut from Lee’s Donuts, a beloved local vendor. Finally, enjoy some free time on Granville Island to explore at your leisure. You can choose to return by ferry with your guide to your starting point in False Creek, or stay on and continue your adventure on your own.

Vancouver: Private Guided City Tour with Pickup

7. Vancouver: Private Guided City Tour with Pickup

Get to know Vancouver on a private guided city tour. Join a local guide as you discover some of the city's most popular locations, including Granville Island, Chinatown, English Bay, and Gastown. Start your experience with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Downtown Vancouver or from the airport or port. Sit back, relax, and listen to interesting commentary as you head to your first destination for the day, Stanley Park. Enter Vancouver's largest and most beloved park and find out why it's been voted one of the best parks in the world. Enjoy fantastic views of the city and feel the ocean breeze against your skin as you journey along the park's famous seawall. From here, continue to Maple Tree Square located in Vancouver's Gastown neighborhood, and marvel at the oldest architecture in the city.  See the many hip eateries and chic cocktail lounges as you listen to the hissing of the Gastown Steam Clock. Next, head to Chinatown. This area was developed at the turn of the last century by Chinese immigrants from California and China who came to work in the gold mines and on the railroad. Today, it's known for its great restaurants and interesting architecture. Finally, make your way to Granville Island. This tiny peninsula is a hotbed for good food and great art. Head to the Granville Island Public Market to take in the view from the waterside, spend some time browsing the artisan workshop, or grab a bite to eat (cost not included). Your private tour of Vancouver comes to an end with a return journey to your hotel or the airport or cruise ship port. 

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What people are saying about Granville Island Public Market

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 182 reviews

It was a very nice and eventful tour of Vancouver. With our guide Mark, the tour became an experience thanks to his knowledge and his great manner and the time flew by. I highly recommend this tour as it allows you to see so much of Vancouver and learn even more about this amazing city.

This was a fabulous tour. So informative! Our guide was amazing….so knowledgeable and educational all while be a joy to listen to.!

It was very fun, educational and you got to explore the greatest of Vancouver. Please do it!

It was an amazing tour. Got to see lots on the 5 hour tour.

Fantastic way to get a feel for beautiful Vancouver.