Friday, March 23, 2007

Wet Thursday at Granville Island, Vancouver

Today the only ones happy on the Granville Island walk were these ducks. Five of us met to walk and get suitably drenched, which of course we did. So today I'm going to show you some pictures which I hastily took inside the Granville Island Public Market after the walk and tell you a little bit about the market. The photos are unedited and I'm not totally sure about the focus, as my eyesight is poor. The little old lady has cataracts, you know.

Granville Island is an urban planning success story, that has been copied worldwide. It was conceived 28 years ago and the idea fulfilled by the transformation of a derelict industrial park into a thriving market and entertainment destination. The heart of Granville Island is the Public Market which is housed in a huge warehouse filled with stalls of all different types: fruit and vegetable; bakeries; fish stalls; flower sellers; butchers; candy makers; wine sellers; all intermixed with artisan stalls, which come and go on an irregular basis. It operates seven days a week from 9am to 7pm.
This we call the Hat Lady's stall, all hand made

Every day, there is some kind of entertainment at the Market, with buskers inside and outside, but at certain times of the year, special events are held in the bandstand on the island. In May the spring gardening season is in full swing and growers come to the Gardeners’ Truck Market to sell bedding plants, hanging baskets and bulbs. I bought two beautiful Japanese maples there for my garden, a year or so ago, from one of the itinerant growers. The Farmers’ Truck Market follows, on Thursdays, in July until late Autumn, with local fruits and vegetables, straight from the farm to the buyer. In the food fair part of the Market you can buy a quick lunch or snack from a variety of cultures including Indian, Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Mexican, Polish, and Italian.

One of the fruit and vegetable sellers' stalls

Granville Island is more than a market, for it's an entertainment district with two theatres and many fine restaurants. It is a genuine artists’ neighbourhood with the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design situated there, along with the studios of weavers, potters, print makers, weavers, and the whole island is surrounded by water and a marina. Beloved by the locals, it is also a tourist attraction with more than 12 million visitors each year.

This is Duso's , maker of fresh pasta and purveyor of Italian fine cheeses and foods

How about these yummy cakes and pastries, a little fuzzy from the reflection of the glass

I have a few more photos that I took but I'll save them for another rainy Thursday. I hope you can see why we like to walk in this area and stop off in the market for lunch. It's Spring Break this week for the schools and, despite the rain, the market was full of mothers with their children.


Lee said...

Granville Island looks like a great, fun place to visit. I'm sure one could spend many enjoyable hours wandering around there. I love places like that and you can pick up some great bits and pieces.

Thanks for the pics, jmb...very nice indeed. :)

jmb said...

Hi Lee,
It is a great place to visit which is why we are there so often. It's not a cheap place but everything sold is top notch quality and you can buy almost anything. The craft stalls are different every week in the market while the artisans with their studios are always nearby. The locals go there all the time. There have been other markets tried in the surrounding areas but none so successful as this one.

Vic Grace said...

When I lived in Vancouver it would be about the time they were just starting Granville Island, it would be fun to see what they did. I used to live close to Stanley Park in an apartment. I haven't been there in years.

jmb said...

Hi Vic Grace,
It's hard to believe it's been 28 years since Granville Island opened and just as popular as when it started.
Do you ever come down to Vancouver?

ipanema said...

Lovely photos! It sure is a lovely place. I love hats and those cakes! Now my tummy's churning.

Thanks for sharing these. :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a fascinating place and the photos are just great, jmb. That's the sort of place I love to visit!

jmb said...

Hi ipanema,
My daughter once bought a hat from the hat lady! The cakes are just to look at for me, anyway. Well I did buy one for a special occasion once.

jmb said...


Everyone loves this place, it's a jewel in Vancouver's crown.
I'm not the best photographer, point and shoot. But you can't fail to find something interesting here.