Granville Street at Night

Stretching from Waterfront Station near Gastown to the far side of Vancouver, Granville Street is famous for its nightlife, neon signs and shopping.


This article contains the following information about Granville Street:

History of Granville Street | Events | Venues | Other Information


Granville Street in Vancouver

Granville Street intersects Georgia, Robson, Davie and Broadway, all of which are some of Vancouver’s other main streets of interest. Along its way are other Vancouver landmarks such as the Vogue and Orpheum theatres, and the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

Also on the street are Pacific Centre Mall and the Hudson’s Bay’s flagship Vancouver department store. Under the street, or under the Granville Street Bridge more specifically, is Granville Island.


Granville Street
Granville Street


History of Granville Street

At its peak of glory, in the 1950s, Granville Street boasted one of the most extensive neon sign displays in the world. For years it was the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district, full of theatres, night clubs and restaurants. Since that time, however, the neon signs have slowly disappeared, although there are still some.

Granville Street is still Vancouver’s main entertainment district, but less so than in years past. An exception was in 2010, during the Winter Olympic Games when Vancouver was the host city. During the month of February that year, Granville Street had tens of thousands of celebrating people in the streets.

Today, Granville Street is still one of Vancouver’s most interesting streets and is worth visiting. Arguably the most interesting part of Granville Street is from around West Hastings (a block or so up from Waterfront Station close to Gastown), up to where it intersects with Robson Street, and a bit beyond up to Davie.

Granville again becomes vibrant further south, after the Bridge (and Granville Island underneath) between West Broadway and 15th.


Traffic on Granville Street


Events on Granville Street

Granville Street is sometimes a venue for special events in Vancouver, when the city shuts down traffic completely there and the street turns into festival grounds. During the 2010 Olympic Games, for example, hundreds of thousands of people celebrated on Granville Street.

The Granville Street Block Party takes place in August. TaiwanFest is another Granville Street event that happens on the Labour Day Weekend in September. The Vancouver Halloween Parade and Santa Claus Parade also include Granville Street on their routes in October and December (although neither of those have happened in recent years).


Taiwanfest on Granville
TaiwanFest on Granville Street


Granville Street Block Party

The Granville Street Block Party is a street party-style event in downtown Vancouver. It usually happens in August in the 700 and 800 block of Granville Street around the intersection of Robson Street and Granville. For more details see our article about the Granville Street Block Party.


Entertainment Coupons


Pacific Arts Market


Venues on Granville Street

A number of places of significance are on or close to Granville Street. These include the following:

  • Commodore Ballroom – a night club venue at 868 Granville Street.
  • Orpheum a theatre and live music venue at 884 Granville Street.
  • Pacific Centre Mall – an upscale shopping mall that stretches for a couple of blocks along Granville Street (from West Georgia Street to West Pender).
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre – a venue for dance classes and performances at 677 Davie Street (at the corner with Granville Street).
  • Stanley Industrial Stage – a theatre venue operated by the Arts Club at 2750 Granville Street.
  • Pacific Arts Market – a large art gift store and art gallery at 1448 West Broadway (which is just a block from Granville Street).


Granville Street on New Year's Eve


Other Information

To learn about and appreciate the history of Granville Street, including a collection of its old neon signs, consider visiting the Museum of Vancouver (MOV).

To find out about other interesting streets, check out Vancouver’s Most Famous and Interesting Streets, where you’ll find other great areas for shopping, entertainment, dining and watching people.

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