Granville Island is actually a peninsula, not an island, but it feels like a world apart from Vancouver. It’s not what you’d call quiet, but the atmosphere is different from the rest of the city, with artists and craftspeople thriving in this unique enclave. The island’s biggest attraction is the Granville Island Public Market, where British Columbia’s best artists, artisans, and farmers sell their wares. The farmers’ market is the longest-running one in Vancouver, where you can buy the freshest vegetables, fruit, baked goods, and seafood. On any given day at the market you might find handmade soap, jewelry, artwork, wines, jams, and much more. Vendors have a rotating schedule, so there’s always something new. There’s also always plenty of great things to eat right in the market, so keep an eye out for food vendors. Granville Island is also a great place to go if you’re travelling with children. In addition to the Public Market, there’s a special Kids’ Market with an indoor play area, plus a free public water park. There are also a variety of street performers year round, from musicians to magicians. For more adult fun, take a beer-tasting tour of the Granville Island Brewing Company, which was Canada’s first microbrewery. Whatever you go to Granville Island for, you’ll feel refreshed by the time you leave.