Grandville Island

Situated on False Creek opposite the downtown core of Vancouver, the mainly wrought iron buildings of Grandville Island were filled with artsy shops. From pottery and jewellery to First Nation art and coffee shops, there was plenty to catch the eye as I wove my way along streets of brightly painted buildings.

At one time False Creek contained a sandbar that eventually became Grandville Island that the Musqueam First Nations used as fishing grounds. The island was originally called Industrial Island because factories were housed in tin structures that are still found on the island today. Later, the island was renamed to Grandville—the original name of Vancouver.

One large tin building housed the markets that were established in the late 1970s. Fresh produce was displayed in radiant colours, jewellery sparkled from the overhead lights, and the aroma of soaps permeated an aisle. While it was quiet outside on that sunny Friday afternoon, inside the market was a buzz with crowds of shoppers squeezing past tempting displays—both locals and tourists.

Outside, against False Creek, were tables to take in both the view and the fresh offerings available with Burrard Bridge in the near distance.