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Bountiful Granville Island

Seattle and Vancouver are quite similar. Both are bustling port cities, minutes away from stunning mountain and ocean views, and internationally diverse (although Vancouver has a slight advantage). The similarities don’t stop there: Vancouver’s Granville Island Public Market bears a striking resemblance to Pike Place Market and Stanley Park is reminiscent of Seattle’s Discovery Park. I could easily see myself transitioning to life in Vancouver as its differences from Seattle are subtle.

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One of the greatest things about living in Seattle though is the assortment of Farmer’s Markets available on any given day. From the daily offerings at Pike Place Market to the weekly neighborhood markets, one is never far from a bounty of fresh and local food. Travelling, I often find disappointment awaits as I discover that the local markets of many cities are only open one day per week (often falling on a day I won’t be visiting). Markets are a great way to sample local fare, meet new people, and eat for relatively cheap.

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When I discovered that Vancouver also hosts a daily market on Granville Island I was eager to put their vendors’ culinary expertise to the test (my love of food rivals Canada’s love of hockey). With a pleasant layout (unlike the strip mall style of Pike Place), the Granville Public Market sprawled in a grid-like fashion with food stalls offering everything from intricately decorated chocolate truffles to overflowing baskets of glistening apples. The smells of fresh baked bread and pies filled the air as locals loaded their arms with a variety of foodstuff. Scruffy men with an open guitar case played old time favorites as children danced to the music. It was truly a delight for the senses.

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Granville Island itself was a funky, eclectic mix of artist studios, industrial warehouses, and hippie fare. Not technically an island, but still surrounded by water on nearly all sides, it is easy to feel as though you have escaped Vancouver completely. Reaching Granville Island requires a 30 minute walk from downtown or a quick ride on the Aquabus. This ease of accessibility makes it a must for all those venturing into Vancouver. Between the food, scenery, and friendly faces, Granville Island beckons you forth, and you’ll be surprised how difficult it is to leave.

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Posted by Jennylynn 20:15 Archived in Canada Tagged tourist_sites

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