Granville Island

Matt Lynch
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6 months ago
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Granville Island was originally a sandbar that washed away with the tide. The First Nations tribes would inhabit the area seasonally for fishing. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the island was industrialised and used for logging and other heavy industry. Bridges were built, factories erected, and sawmills were put in place. After years of decline, the area began to be revitalised in the 1970s. Studios, shops, and markets were established, and the area grew in popularity with the revamp. Today, it’s a mix of delicious eateries, bars, and brewhouses. There are also studios, museums, and the island is a general hub for social gatherings! Despite its past, the area is dedicated to zero waste. Brownfield sites have been refurbished, EV charging stations are present, and there’s active monitoring of the island’s energy consumption using smart meters. In fact, in 2014, Granville Island received an award for excellence and leadership in environmental practices. The Public Market is the place to go if your stomach is rumbling and you’re in search of food. Many locals come to the market for food shopping and it’s always advisable to follow the mantra – do as the locals do! Image Credits: Matt Walk Wild
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