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Life on this manmade island centres on the bustle of the Public Market, a smorgasbord of vibrant raw ingredients—sweet spot prawns, just-picked blackberries, earthy birch syrup—and locally produced artisanal delights. A perfect place to grab provisions for waterfront picnics. The island’s charming old tin-sided buildings are the last traces of False Creek’s industrial past
Granville Island boasts the country’s best Public Market ( 1689 Johnston St. Granvilleisland.com), where chefs, home cooks, and gawkers happily collide. There are many edible delights worth seeking out, but don’t miss: Oyama Sausage Company (offering over 100 fresh and smoked sausages, plus out-of-this-world pâtés and terrines); South China Seas (rare condiments, spices, and herbs); and Lee’s Donuts (if you visit in October, order the pumpkin spice variety—otherwise, go for the classic honey dip).
Culinary tourism at its most sophisticated, Edible Canada ( 212–1551 Johnston St., 604-5580040. Ediblecanada.com) has a well-stocked larder of souvenirs showcasing all things Canadian. Discover what you can create with salted butter caramel sauce from chocolatier Wendy Boys, birch syrup from central B.C., winemarinated wild Pacific salmon, and dried local chanterelles.
Granville Island Brewery ( 1441 Cartwright St., 604-687-2739, Gib.ca), Canada’s first microbrewery, still brews the crisp, flavourful beers that make 40-somethings reminisce after just one swig. It tastes better in the tasting room of the original facility, where they always have the latest limited release on tap.
Not content with opening the first artisan sake-making operation in Canada, Masa Shiroki grows his own sake rice in the southern interior of the province, just so he can make a completely Canadian product. The result is the exclu- sive Fraser Valley Junmai and Fraser Valley Junmai Nigore, both with bright melon notes and peppery, umami finishes. Pick up a bottle or two at Artisan Sake Maker ( 1339 Railspur Alley, 604685-7253. Artisansakemaker.com).
Shop for gorgeous Northwest Coast and Inuit masks in the museum-like setting of Eagle Spirit Gallery ( 1803 Maritime Mews, 604-801-5277. Eaglespiritgallery.com). Following age-old traditions, the artists represented here use only wood and stone that are locally harvested.
The Lobster Man ( 1807 Mast Tower Rd., 604-687-4531. Lobsterman.com), a two-minute walk from the main market, is a chef favourite and the city’s finest purveyor of, that’s right, lobster, but also crab, oysters, mussels, and other varieties of shellfish. Choose a wriggling crustacean from one of the oversize tanks or take home precooked and shelled meat in convenient takeaway packages.
Set your watch to “island time” with leisurely (yet efficient) rides on both False Creek Ferries ( 1804 Boatlift Ln., 604-684-7781. Granvilleislandferries.bc.ca) and The Aquabus ( 230–1333 Johnston St., 604-689-5858. Theaquabus.com). Scenic routes from Kitsilano to Chinatown give you access to must-see destinations like the Maritime Museum and Science World as you cruise False Creek’s peaceful waters.
Nearby: As museums go, the Museum of Vancouver ( 1100 Chestnut St, 604.736.4431. Museumofvancouver.ca) is an edgy institution, regularly pushing the boundaries with unexpected angles on the history of the city. Permanent exhibitions tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late 1970s. Feature exhibits use multimedia to look at themes such as native wildlife versus society and street photography.
Granville Island Public Market
Eagle Spirit Gallery
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Cod GO FISH It was caught by a fisherman who berths beside the shack’s patio and dashes to the fryer for a flaky, fresh-as-anything meal 1505 W. First Ave.,
Granville Island Brewery’s Swing Span and next-door Artisan Sake Maker