One of my favorite places in Vancouver is Granville Island, which is a large peninsula located across False Creek from downtown Vancouver. Once used solely as a manufacturing site, it is now a popular tourist destination. With over 275 business, it sports a marina, a hotel, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, various drama theaters, a microbrewery, and a public market.
I would strongly recommend that if you ever have the chance, take a leisurely afternoon to visit this magical place. It is well worth your time. Be sure to bring your own bags because you will not be leaving empty handed.