Granville Island

GRANVILLE ISLAND INSIDER'S TOUR: A LOCAL'S GUIDE TO THE HIDDEN GEMS AND STORIES OF G.I

Hidden gems of Granville Island

1.5-hour tour

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

Ocean Concrete

Creekhouse

Granville Island Market

Tour Details
Availability:

If you’re on time, you’re on tour!


Duration:

Approx. 1.5 hour


Price:

$20 CAD per person in May, $24 per person thereafter (excludes GST)

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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:
Next to the Vancouver Fish Company (1517 Anderson St) next to the decorative boat propeller. This is the first building on the western side of the island once you have crossed the bridge. Look for your guide with the green Tour Guys t-shirt and name tag.
If you are coming by bus walk north up Anderson Street from the ‘Granville Island’ stop. Once you cross the bridge you will find us on the left before the first building.
If you are coming by Aquabus/False Creek Ferry walk south down Anderson Street from the market. You will find us on the right just before the bridge.
An easy way to navigate is to follow the Granville Street Bridge above you to the entrance of the island.

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 on the north end of the foot bridge next to the Vancouver Fish Company, 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!

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.