Granville Island is a bit of an arts precinct with its theaters and artisan studios along Railspur Alley. We saw some great public art from the Vancouver Biennale with a mural of six characters on gigantic concrete silos called Giants by Brazilian twins Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo. The island also has a great Public Market with fresh local food, products and other goodies you can sample or purchase from the various stalls (sort of a mini Queen Victoria Market).
There are a few different venues to sit down and eat at on Granville Island and we decided to have dinner at Edible Canada, which utilises the best local and seasonal ingredients for its dishes. My Mom had the BBBB burger with duck fat frites and I ate the crispy skinned wild salmon with bacon glazed spring beans, smoked fingerling potatoes, beet and apple reduction. The food was fresh and tasty.
There were so many other areas of Vancouver I would love to explore if I had more time, but for an afternoon adventure Granville Island was a good place to go, especially on a sunny day.