Feast your eyes on Granville Island's sites

If market shopping and cottage-industry arts and crafts wet your whistle, Granville Island should take top billing on your sightseeing agenda.
Once an industrial zone at the southern end of the central city, the small peninsula adjoining the downtown district has been dramatically transformed. Dozens of artisans have opened studios and workshops on Granville Island.
There are plenty of quirky stores including the adorable Umbrella Shop.
Graze from the stunning food bazaar with gourmet meat, fish, cheese and bakery delights.
Granville Island Brewing is well worth popping into, particularly if you want to sample the very agreeable maple cream ale. Stanley Park is the biggest urban park in North America.
Originally a military reserve, this vast green space was handed over to the people of Vancouver in 1891.
Thousands of residents use the park as an open-air gym. Tourists can hire a bike within the park as well.
Flora buffs will be enchanted by the rose garden and rhododendron garden.
In a striking salute to Vancouver's First Nations people, the collection of eight brightly coloured totem poles are well worth seeing.
Family attractions include a children's farmyard, miniature railway and the outstanding aquarium centre, which is home to more than 9000 sea creatures.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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