Did a couple of stints to Granville Island back in November of 2016. It was a sandbar in False Creek that was stabilised in 1915, taking its name from the Granville Street Bridge that spanned above, and meant to house industry that serviced Port of Vancouver.
Starting from 1972, with industry declining, the site was taken over by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, a Federal Government entity, and transformed into a home for performing arts and artisan shops. Hence the early-20th-Century-industrial look of the buildings, housing activities that their original builders never foresaw.
Major tenants include Ocean Concrete, since 1917 and still maintaining its link to the Island’s industrial past... Arts Club Theatre Company... Vancouver TheatreSports League... of course the Public Market... and not too long ago the original campus of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design (their new location is on Great Northern Way, which I visited a year later in this post).