Things to Do for Adults in Vancouver


You've had your coffee and muffin.  Now what?  We've got you covered with this list of ideas.


Go for a Picnic

Bike, walk or take a ferry to the island. Then pick up some food! Try the roasted red pepper humus and feta trucanta at Zara's Pasta in the Public Market, along with baguette from La Baguette et L'Echalote. You may also be tempted by the fresh fruit, sweets and gelato! Take everything out to Ron Basford Park or to the shady grove behind the Kid's Market and enjoy!


Kayak with the Sea Stars

There is just as much to see in the waters around Granville Island as there is on land! Rent a kayak from Ecomarine Kayak and check out the sea stars on the docks at low tide, paddle by Sea Village house boat community and enjoy the sunshine. Overnight trips to the Gulf Islands are also available.


Take a Cruise to Bowen Island

The Granville Island Water Taxi will take you on a scenic 30 minute journey to beautiful Bowen Island.  Once there, go for a seaside stroll or to the famous Tuscany Restaurant for wood oven pizza and Italian cuisine.


Join a Class at the False Creek Community Centre

Want to feel like a local? Take a class! The False Creek Community Centre offers drop-in classes for everything from dance to improv. They also have a comfy lounge where you can relax afterwards. This small centre is so welcoming that many visitors use it as their home-away-from-home while in Vancouver. But shhhh.... it's still a secret.


Shop for Art

Granville Island offers real made-in-Canada products. Here you can find specialty food products, wine, art, jewelry, books and more. Plus, you can watch as artisans create your pieces and buy directly from them. Check out our shopping section for more specific suggestions about the best places to shop.


Go for Dinner and a Show

Even locals enjoy coming down to Granville Island for dinner at Bridges or The Sandbar Restaurant followed by a show at the Arts Club Theatre. Check out our restaurant and theatre pages for more details and reviews.


Go Salmon Fishing

Our west coast salmon is famous and you'll feel famous too if you manage to land one! If you want to fish with a man who knows his business, visit Bonnie Lee's Charters and ask for Eugene.


Sail a Yacht

Already know how to sail a yacht?  Grab some fruit, cheese and baguette from the market, then sail out over sparkling waters on a charter from Cooper Boating.  If you don't know how to sail but want to learn, Cooper Boating runs a reputable school that will take you on a cruise-and-learn vacation around the Gulf Islands or Desolation Sound.


Meet the Local Celebrities

One of the joys of traveling is getting to know the people and their culture. Luckily for you, you can read the personal stories of the best and brightest on Granville Island before you visit.  By the time you arrive, everyone you meet will seem like an old friend. (And you can have them sign your book!)


Find Parking

This one is for the locals (who tend to avoid Granville Island in its most beautiful season.)  Here are some of my secret parking spots: by the garbage bins next to Sea Village, the parallel parking spots on Cartwright Street, in front of Performance Works and in the new underground parking just past the Longhouse.  Guess I'll have to bike now.


Walk in Bill Reid's Footsteps

Did you know that Bill Reid carved many of his masterpieces right here on Granville Island?  Read his story (as told by Martine Reid) in the Granville Island Book, view his work at the Bill Reid Gallery downtown or the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, then tour Granville Island with new eyes!  


The OCEAN Cement Longhouse was built for Bill Reid and his old studio in the Netloft is marked with a plaque. You can also walk a few minutes west along the sea wall to view the totem pole that he carved.  Bill's work inspired many of the island's younger artists. If you ask around, they may be willing to tell you a tale or two about him!


Catch a Festival

One of life's small pleasure is free entertainment, and Granville Island's many festivals never disappoint.  One of the summer's best festivals is the Vancouver International Fireworks Competition.  If you'd like to view the fireworks from land then bring a blanket down to Kit's Beach or go downtown.  You could also watch the display while cruising on a yacht and munching on AAA beef.  Sound good?  Visit the docks near Bridges Restaurant for more information on fireworks cruises.  (Several companies offer this so be sure to compare prices.)