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Granville Island Public Market Morning Visit, Vancouver

Vancouver (Alaska Pre Cruise) . 2012 . September 15

This post is part of our Alaska Pre and Post Cruise Report and follow-up of our popular Alaska cruise series. Do check out our Alaska Cruise story too if this is your first time here! :)

Vancouver was once called Granville until it was renamed in 1886. The name of Granville was then used for an area spanning an inlet known as False Creek. The tidal flats at the creek included a large permanent sandbar, which would eventually be known as Granville Island today.

Today, there is a large public market with an assortment of stalls selling home made products and some fine seafood and baking delights.

We visited Granville Island on the morning before our afternoon embarkation on the Alaskan cruise. There is a direct bus N10 near where we stayed at Days Inn Vancouver Downtown along Howe Street that goes to Granville Island. Here's how a typical vancouver bus looks like.

As we were quite early on a Saturday morning, the streets were quite empty. That's the Vancouver Lookout, a observation tower with enchanting views of Vancouver's stunning natural landscape including world famous Stanley Park, the Pacific Ocean and the historic gastown. An admission ticket cost CAD $15.75 per adult (as of 13 July 2013) and is valid throughout the day and evening and you’re welcome to return as often as you like on the date of purchase.

If you are staying in the downtown area or Gastown, you can take the #50 False Creek bus that stops just off Granville Island, at the intersection of Anderson St. and West 2nd Ave. It will let you off on the southeast side of West 2nd Ave. Look for the large Granville Island sign and the yellow building with a rainbow Kids Market signalong Anderson St. northward.

 After a short bus ride, we arrived at Granville Island.

Saw these beautiful yachts parked at the bay...

As most of the shops are still closed, we made our way to the Public Market, which was also the main purpose of our visit. First up, the vegetables and fruits section...

Fresh Tomatoes!

Fresh fruits galore!

The banner says it all..Fresh Produce....Grown Locally....Picked Daily....

Besides fresh vegetables and fruits, there are also freshly baked pastries and bread in the market!

What a beautiful cake!

Isn't these chocolate bears cute?

 Found some interesting notices behind this stall...

And this stall selling cute hats!

 There are also stalls selling fresh flowers in the market..which look really lovely!

And stalls selling meats and sausages....

It seems that they do sell the famous maple syrup too...

After some time exploring the market, it was time to look for something to eat for our breakfast...and these were the options around..though a number of them are not opened yet...

We decided to settle down with a cup of coffee at the Blue Parrot Organic Coffee Cafe as it has a spacious seating area with good views around it.

Bought this from Terra Breads and it was not too bad.

 After our breakfast, we stepped out of the cafe and took some photos around the area.

Saw this warning sign - Protect Your Food from Sea Gulls

Indeed, there are lots of seagulls around..but thanks to this kind lady, they can enjoy a sumptous breakfast like we did! :)

The seafood stalls are now starting to open after we finished our breakfast and we took a short tour around.

We were about to leave the market when we passed by this coffee cafe..a quick check on our Tripadvisor App seems to indicate that this stall receive rave reviews on their coffee..

JJ Bean Coffee Roasters. Highly recommended!

The coffee. divine...

If you have more time to spare, you might want to take a ferry service from Granville Island to Downtown Vancouver with a number of stops in Yaletown, Downtown South/False Creek, and the West End as well as Vanier Park near Kitsilano Beach.

There are 2 companies, False Creek Ferries and Aquabus that provide such ferry service. Other water transportation options include a taxi service to Bowen Island provided by English Bay Launch and a number of private tours.

After an enjoyable morning at the Public Market, we walked around the small island and found some interesting art installations.

Time really flies and soon it was time to say goodbye to Granville Island..

At the Bus Stop waiting for bus #50 back to downtown Vancouver. There is a Starbucks just opposite the road.

Took a quick snap of the bridge while waiting for the bus.

Bye Bye, Granville Island! We had a great time on the island and visiting the Public Market. So do try to take a half day trip there when you visit Vancouver next time!

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