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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.

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

2. 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 Granville Island: 2-Hour Market Tour

3. Vancouver Granville Island: 2-Hour 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.

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What people are saying about Granville Island Public Market

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 83 reviews

A great way to see an eclectic city on an informative and enjoyable tour. Our guide Paulo (Alice Cooper's older brother) was engaging and had a wealth of knowledge of his home city. I was impressed how his guests safety was forefront of the tour. Happy to educate the city drivers about their due care and attention to cyclists. I would plan the tour as a first thing to do when visiting the city as it offers a plethora of areas and sites to further explore. Highly recommend this tour.

The tour was very easy. My guide Marlo would stop every 15 minutes or so and tell us some history or other fun fact. Her enthusiasm was amazing. The tour covered most of downtown including Granville Island (lunch) and Stanley. And except for one hill the whole tour seemed downhill. A definite must.

this is an excellent tour and a real highlight of our holiday. we were a small party of 4 and some were concerned about how difficult it would be. rest assured it is all flat and very leisurely. you get to see vancouver in the best way with a fantastic guide.

Superb day out with a group of 9 and our excellent guide, Nick. Covered about 12 miles of easy riding (only one real hill). A great way to see the sights and hear lots of information from the extremely knowledgeable Nick.

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