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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 and Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights

2. Vancouver and Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights

Start your holiday tour of Vancouver by exploring the highlights of downtown. See landmark monuments and locations, such as the home of the 2010 Olympic Cauldron at Canada Place. Wind through impressive modern and historic architecture, and go to the Vancouver Arts District, where community awareness is raised for public arts through diverse creative expressions. Look at the high-rise buildings of the Financial District and discover the fashion hub of Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest of Stanley Park to get a unique perspective of the city from a quiet wooded setting. Visit the First Nations Totem Poles as you continue along the water across English Bay to Granville Island. Spend some time at Granville Island Market and its many shops and eateries. Then, go to Lions Gate Bridge and explore Vancouver’s scenic North Shore. Approach Capilano Suspension Bridge Park to experience once of the most beautiful festive attractions in the city. See thousands of lights emanating from the park, and then take an exhilarating walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to find many unique and informative experiences, like the Treetops Adventure.

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!

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

4. 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: Private Guided City Tour with Pickup

5. 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 139 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.