“To steward this public land for meaningful urban and social experimentation among diverse, creative, cultural, and business models, engaging local First Nations and communities while welcoming the world.” Mission Statement Granville Island
I have always known Granville Island as the location of a thriving public market and theater district, surrounded by art galleries, vibrant businesses and places for people to connect and celebrate. I understand that there are more than 300 businesses that employ more than 3,000 people situated in this small area of land. Visitors would be amazed that before the Granville Island transformation in the 1970’s, Granville Island was industrial wasteland.
Every step taken on Granville Island holds forgotten memories. Remnants of Granville Island’s industrial past can be found in the streets and buildings.
During the Great Depression, Granville Island was a place where squatters lived. They fished and foraged, sustained by the natural resources of this area.
Going back further into history, Granville Island was a sandbar where the Salish, the Indigenous people of the area, hunted, gathered, traveled, and lived their lives.
Granville Island’s mission statement is to be “the most inspiring public place in the world.” Please join me on a virtual walk through Granville Island.