Granville Island Market Adventure

Comments 15 by Rebecca Bollwitt

For the first time in a while we spent the day focused on ourselves and since John was down and out with strep throat on our actual anniversary we just did what we wanted and had no further commitments all day.


Photo Credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

After brunch in English Bay we strolled over to the False Creek Ferry and were shuttled over the water to Granville Island where we spent several hours just walking around, shopping and enjoying the amazingly sunny day.


Photo Credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

John and I rarely get over to the Granville Island Market. Usually when guests are in town, then we take them down there on the tourist route however it is a valuable asset to us locals.

When we first got off the ferry a street performer in front of the french bakery caught our attention. He ended up keeping it for the next 40 minutes while he juggled with fire and escaped from being chained up in a straight jacket. It’s not the sort of thing that would usually suck us in, but this guy was hilarious and even made a “special connection” with John. “You there with the camera, where are you from?”, asked the performer known as Byron from England. “Vancouver,” John replied. “Oh so you’re one of those local people that just walk around all day taking pictures (looking up) going ‘I can’t believe I live HERE.” I think he hit the nail on the head with that one.


Posing for John, “Is that digital? Good, put this on the internet.”
Photo Credit: John Bollwitt in Flickr

“Byron from England” talking to passers-by, “Hello kiddies, you see these children sitting here enjoying the show? That’s because their parents love them.”


Photo Credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

In the market we picked up some feta stuffed peppers, bocconcini and cherry tomato salad and some chicken breasts for tonight, and even some mini cheesecakes and tarts from Stuart’s for dessert. We also found a few things in the Kids Market for my niece’s upcoming birthday.


Photo Credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

John is getting really handy with his camera (yay me for getting him the perfect Christmas gift) so you can find the rest of today’s photos in his Flickr set.


Photo Credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

We still have an evening of delicious food and decadent desserts ahead of us so I didn’t want spend too much time on the computer today, when I could be in John’s arms enjoying a glass of wine and a stunning sunset.

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15 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. tyfnSaturday, March 1st, 2008 — 5:39pm PST

    The dessert looks so yummy. I love apple tarts.

  2. Mom-in-lawSaturday, March 1st, 2008 — 6:08pm PST

    But where are the “Nano” bars?

  3. Mostly LisaSaturday, March 1st, 2008 — 6:17pm PST

    what a beautiful day! i watched it longingly from my editing chair… sigh. lovely photos. will check out the rest on flickr!

  4. RaulSaturday, March 1st, 2008 — 6:45pm PST

    Phaedra and I hit the Green Living Show today, it was a gorgeous stroll! We walked down by the seawall (from Main and Broadway) and spent a few hours there looking at what you and Keira had highlighted. It was awesome! And the weather was glorious!

    🙂 Glad to hear you and John went to Granville Island, one of my favorite spots! And… I’ve been taken over… I’m slowly switching to WordPress, as you can see from my email 😉

  5. JennieSaturday, March 1st, 2008 — 7:10pm PST

    Sounds lovely. I’m glad you finally had a day all to yourselves. 🙂

  6. phaedraSaturday, March 1st, 2008 — 7:32pm PST

    Sounds like you guys had an awesome day. Days like today remind me why I love Vancouver!

  7. Matt CollingeSaturday, March 1st, 2008 — 9:59pm PST

    Its been years since I saw that guy down at the island, but he WAS great. I like the french singing guy in the last pic too, and that is a great shot.

  8. Chris HeuerSunday, March 2nd, 2008 — 10:43am PST

    We went last SUN and were amazed at the food and produce in the public market – wish we had one like that regularly in SF (we are going to the Farmers market for vegetables at the Ferry Building in a few minutes). It was winterruption last weekend, so there were some great artists doing their thing. Still have not had time to edit the photos, but will later this week.

    Great to finally meet you, hopefully will see you soon.

  9. fotoeinsSunday, March 2nd, 2008 — 12:11pm PST

    Thanks for the shots, Beck & John. As always, my heart aches when I see shots of Granville Island, the tower- and tree-ful downtown peninsula, and the mountains in the background.

  10. KathySunday, March 2nd, 2008 — 8:06pm PST

    One of my most favorite places to visit while in the city. Glad the two of you had some ‘together’ time.

  11. john bollwitt blog » A Saturday on Granville IslandTuesday, March 4th, 2008 — 11:08pm PST

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  12. DavidWednesday, March 5th, 2008 — 12:02am PST

    Love both your and John’s posts on this. It’s our favourite place too. Some places (and days) remind me just how good it is to be alive. Looks like you got one of those too.

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  14. RichMonday, June 15th, 2009 — 10:12pm PST

    You do realise that “Byron from England” is about as English as Owen Hargreaves…

  15. Joseph WrightMonday, July 12th, 2010 — 7:25pm PST

    i just leave munching and eating cheesecakes, they are tasty and yummy”:

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