As one of the city’s top tourist attractions, Granville Island sees high numbers of tourists, especially in the summer. With tourism to Vancouver setting new records each year, the number of tour buses driving onto the Island has also grown. The increasing number of buses on the Island must be managed responsibly in order to limit the negative impact on Island operations and the overall experience for visitors. These impacts include increased traffic congestion as buses maneuver and park within the Island’s constricted road network, as well as the cumulative impact of large numbers of buses on the Granville Island “people place” ambience.
To better manage tour bus traffic, Granville Island created a Tour Bus Policy related to temporal and seasonal traffic changes.