The island is administrated by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and it is responsible for putting the new rules into place.
“The new pay parking hours will encourage some people to shift their trips to the morning or evening, when the Island is less busy,” the CMHC said in its Granville Island parking management strategy report.
Granville Island is home to many unique Vancouver staples, like the world-famous public market, kids market, bakeries, fisheries, artisan shops and theatre companies. It is also surrounded by the picturesque False Creek.
Although the island provides a quintessential Vancouver experience for tourists, members of the community are not happy they’re going to have to pay for parking just to run errands or pick up groceries.
“People come to shop, and groceries are a little higher here anyway, because it’s Granville Island, and unless people get down here before 11’o clock in the morning, that means they’ve got to pay an extra three dollars an hour to buy their groceries. Everywhere we go now is pay parking and this is a chance to be at our ocean, and I don’t agree with it personally.” – Local Resident