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Granville Island

One of my favourite hangouts in the world, due to its picturesque location in Vancouver, and its arts community vibe, Granville Island. It is actually a peninsula, and is located across False Creek from downtown Vancouver. I have worked here and taken some arts courses here, so it holds a special place in my heart.

Looking very quiet these days, but the market is still open, but most of the galleries and maritime-related businesses are closed. Granville Island is a tourist mecca and is usually crawling with tourists and traffic. I like the peace.



Why I dig Granville Island so much, is the art-y sensibility. As you can see, there are some cartoon-y decorations on some otherwise pretty mundane objects. I approve of this. There was a Harris’s hawk at Granville Island, which I took some pictures of – he didn’t mind, but I wasn’t allowed to let him perch on my shoulder. (he doesn’t take kindly to strangers, but he is quite vain, and enjoyed my picture taking.)



Barnacles encrusted on the docks and some canine denizens of Granville Island. For some reason, this boat is on display beneath the bridge. That yellow building is the best art supply store in Canada, bar none. I am not just saying that because I used to work there. Not much, anyway. They are doing a mostly online trade right now – I’d highly recommend them, if you are of an artistic bent, their mail order service is second to none. Hope you enjoyed this pandemic post of Granville Island – don’t miss it if you ever visit our city!


Copyright 2020 All pictures by Wilt Sugiyama, and they look pretty decent at that, despite not having much of an eye for composition and a tendency to snap at anything that moves. Today’s technology is very forgiving. 😃


I am a Sansei, with two teens, and a hamster. This blog is a repository for ideas and observations, expressed in cartoon form, by and large. A bit of a journal too. Feel free to follow me on INSTAGRAM @ WILTOONS, (the Twitter for people who like to go out) where I post a journal comic. Thanks for dropping by! The pic is of me and my boy Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits. (not really a fan but he wanted his pic with me) © Wilton Sugiyama and Wiltoons, 2009 to 2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Wilton Sugiyama and Wiltoons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. So there.

4 thoughts on “Granville Island

  1. This was awesome! Thanks, Wilt. I love traveling vicariously through others and this is exactly the sort of place I love traveling to. Great pictures! I hope you’ll post more someday.

    I would love to send the art store some of my business, but, alas! I discovered that I don’t have an artistic bone in my body. I am fascinated by art supplies and love looking at them … but in the same way a chimp would stare at at shiny objects.

    I hope you and your family are doing well! Cheers from your bud in Texas.

    1. Thanks for the kind comment, Biff. Riding my bike a lot more these days, which allows me to get into the nooks and crannies a bit more, and perhaps take some blog pics. Perhaps one day you will travel here, if’n y’do, y’all come by the ol’ homestead, I’ll cook you up a passel of Canuck-type vittles. And bring up some of that good ole Texas firewater!

      1. Man, I would love to travel there! It would be like a dream come true. And I definitely want to try some authentic Canuck vittles! That, also, would be a dream come true. I have heard much about them and am dying to try them!

        If I get up your way, I’ll strap a keg of Texas firewater to my mule for the trip up there.

  2. I was delighted to visit Granville Island on our trip to BC last May. Our time there was much too short, but we saw what a unique and fun place it was.

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