Granville Island

Free Walking Tour Vancouver

Hidden gems of Granville Island

1-hour tour

Pay what you feel

Get an insider’s look at this often visited but seldom understood destination. While discovering the hidden gems of Granville Island, learn about this area’s impressive transition from abandoned industrial wasteland to burgeoning “urban park” brimming with art studios, theatres, markets, and marinas.

Highlights

Granville Island Marina

Kids Market

Rail Spur District

Ron Basford Park

False Creek

Sea Village Floating Community

Shanghai Alley

Ocean Concrete

Creekhouse

Granville Island Market

Tour Details
Availability:

11:00am Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from May 26-September 30
If you’re on time, you’re on tour!


Duration:

Approx. 1 hour


Price:

Free! We only ask that you tip your guide at the end if you enjoyed the tour.

Tell me more about free tours

Comparable tours will cost you $20-$30 per person plus gratuity. Our tours are free but our guides work for tips only. A tip is the best way to say “thank you” for a great tour.


Meeting point:

2nd and Anderson. In the parking lot beside Starbucks, located at 1500 W 2nd Ave, just off of Granville Island. Right behind the public bus stop and next to the drop off point for all major hop on/off tours. Look for the Tour Guys guide with a name tag & sign.

In the parking lot beside Starbucks, located at 1500 W 2nd Ave, just off of Granville Island. Right behind the public bus stop and next to the drop off point for all major hop on/off tours. Look for the Tour Guys guide with a name tag & sign.


End point:

Granville Island Market. Your guide will be happy to give you recommendations for places to enjoy after the tour or provide directions to your next destination.


Distance covered:

Approx. 1.5km (~1 mile)


Weather contingency:

Our tours run rain or shine!


Don't forget!:

Sensible footwear, weather appropriate apparel, and cash to tip your guide!


Participation requirements:

Please note that we cannot accommodate school groups on public tours. Plan your school group tour here.

Venture into Vancouver’s Cultural Center!

Come discover what makes Granville Island one of the most visited attractions in Canada. Learn how it transformed from popular fishing spot for First Nations to “Industrial Island” to a place where visitors and locals alike gather to enjoy the “joie de vivre”!

Starting from the edge of the island at 2nd and Anderson, this fun, interactive tour explores art, culture, food, our industrial heritage, and much more! Rather than taking you through the big tourist attractions you could find on your own, we’ll focus on off-the-beaten-path gems that make this “urban park” so unique and then conclude our tour at the entrance to the famous Market.

Good to Know

Each tour is unique! You’ll see the main tour stops plus your guide’s favourite spots along the way.

Our tours run rain or shine. Please dress for the weather!

We do not charge anything for this tour and our guides are not paid for it, so please tip your guide if you enjoyed the experience!

While we can’t accommodate school trips on our free public tours, we would be happy to lead your school group on this tour route! Check out our school groups offers here.

The modern city of Vancouver was founded on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. These territories were never ceded through treaty, war or surrender. Click to learn more about Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.