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Granville Island Public Market

Vancouver

BC

Canada

Contributed by 
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
January 7, 2015
December 14, 2017

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Open seven days a week and home to about fifty merchants, Granville Island Market is a main draw for visitors. The mix of  vendors at the market changes every week, and a tour--organized by Edible Canada--is one of the best ways to experience the diversity of products and the international food offerings. There is also a small “kids market” on the opposite side of the island that boasts toy, craft, and candy stalls, along with a four-level play space. When finished exploring the market, visitors can spend the rest of the day exploring the island’s other attractions, which include a theater, several art galleries, and a thriving restaurant and bar scene. On Thursdays from June to October, there is a  separate farmers market set up in Triangle Square. All of these elements have led to Granville Island becoming one of the highest grossing markets in North America.

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History & Background

Granville Island was developed using reclaimed land in 1915, and was originally used as an industrial manufacturing area. As the island’s buildings began to deteriorate during the industrial decline, a planning process for the island's redevelopment was initiated in the 1970s. Many vestiges of the past were retained, such as tin and stucco siding, industrial-style doorways, cranes, and rail tracks. The arrival of the Granville Public Market in 1979 was a catalyst for the transformation of the entire island into one of the city’s most popular cultural havens.

Related Links & Sources

Image credits: Alicia via Flickr, Ross G. Stratchan via Flickr, Jason Pier

via Flickr

Website: http://granvilleisland.com/public-market

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Granville-Island-Public-Market

Granville Island Public Market
Granville Island Public Market
Granville Island Public Market
Granville Island Public Market
Granville Island Public Market
Granville Island Public Market
Granville Island Public Market
Granville Island Public Market

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