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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

EAT

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).

SHOP

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.

EX­PLORE

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

Aquabus

TASTE TH IS

Beer-Bat­tered

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.,

604-730-5040

Granville Is­land Brew­ery’s Swing Span and next-door Ar­ti­san Sake Maker

Lee’s Donuts

Oyama Sausage

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