“First, Granville Island should make the promotion of innovation a fundamental criterion in its approach to all future development and programming. The scope of Granville Island’s interest should embrace art, craft, design, science, technology, urban development, natural systems, social well-being, and all other areas where a culture of innovation and excellence can be fostered.” 

— Granville Island 2040

It's time for Local Creative Control


In the early 1970s, with public input, Granville Island was designated by the Government of Canada as a cultural multi-use “people’s place” or “urban park”, new terms that were coined specifically for the use of this 42-acre piece of land. For most of its history, Granville Island  was a sandbar used by the the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Tsleil-Waututh, and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) peoples as a ‘gathering place’. It ended the 1970s as a rusted and mostly-abandoned industrial centre in desperate need of repair.