Granville Island is on almost everyone’s “must see” list when they visit or live in Vancouver. Whether you enjoy it for the arts or artisans, baked goods or butchers, restaurants or views, it has a little something for everyone and Granville Island Works would like to know what you love the most.
From now until February 10, 2011, you can enter the Granville Island storytelling contest online by telling your story (maximum 300 words) about why you love Granville Island. If you have an entry that includes photos or videos, you can email your story and accompanying documents to stories [at] granvilleislandworks [dot] com. The grand prize includes a full day out with dinner, a craft session in an open studio, and a boat cruise. Secondary prizes range from jewellery (designed on the island) to kayak rentals.
Personally, some of my favourite days in the city have been walking down to the False Creek Ferry dock near the Aquatic Centre and cruising over to Granville Island. With my husband or a group of friends we would get some coffee, pain au chocolat from La Baguette et L’Echalote, and stroll around the island on a photowalk. Children and tourists would be feeding french fries to hovering sea gulls while buskers sing acoustic folk tunes or slipped their way out of straightjackets. Snow-capped mountains peek out from behind a glass city while the murky waters of False Creek flow out into English Bay under the span of the Burrard Bridge. After picking up produce and fresh cuts of meat from the market for our meal that evening, we would reach for our return trip ticket on the ferry and sail toward home. Days like those are just one of the many reasons why I love Vancouver, and Granville Island.
Some Granville Island Storytelling contest entries are already posted online. Follow Granville Island Works on Twitter or Facebook for contest updates and other news.