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Traveled from US east coast and was looking for a hassle free boat renting experience. I’m VERY glad I came across Granville Island Boat Rentals. The website is easy to navigate and well laid out so you know the prices and options up front. Booking was simple. What impressed me the most was how friendly the staff is, particularly Emma. We were checking the weather a couple weeks in advance, which predicted rain on and off on our boating day. We had to make multiple time switches based on the weather, and Emma was very responsive and willing to make sure our boating experience was the best! I was impressed at the ease of learning how to drive the boat, and their map very well shows you where you can travel to. Overall, very happy with this experience. We would happily recommend this to anybody.
I recently rented a boat from here and really enjoyed it. There was only two of us but we decided to rent the 17ft Hourston Glasscraft as it had a stereo where we could hook our phones up to listen to music.
After some helpful instruction we set off and made our way out into the bay. We drove out past Stanley Park which was cool to see from the water as we had cycled it the day before. Then made our way to the Lighthouse where we had two dolphins chasing our boat, which was amazing!!!
Excellent business, friendly staff very efficient and helpful. The area is just perfect for a few hours on a boat. Highly recommended. My first time was as a complete boating novice and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful.
In June 2016, I traveled to Vancouver BC for a work conference. I arrived a few days early to experience the city. One morning, I look the Granville Island Ferry from downtown Vancouver over to the Granville Island Market (it’s a five minute journey and costs $3.50). The market is wonderful. When you get off the ferry, to your immediate right is Granville Island Boat Rentals. It was such a hot and sunny day I could not help but stop in to see what it was all about. They rent 16, 17 and 18 foot power boats that range from $45.00 – $85.00/hour and the longer you rent the boat the less you pay per hour. I was surprised the cost was so reasonable. You do not need to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (although I do have mine) in order to rent. And, if you can drive a car you can operate one of these boats. I reserved one of their 18 foot boats from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. that evening. I took the boat around Stanley Park and motored all the way up to Deep Cove before heading back when I enjoyed the most beautiful sunset. It was an incredible way to see Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge, North and West Van and Deep Cove. The staff were very friendly. I highly recommend it.
We had such an amazing time! This was the first time we had driven a boat and were a bit nervous but Staff were very friendly and helpful. We went to the waterfall which was stunning and had amazing scenery!
Great way to unwind and do a pizza run to Bowen Island!!! Had a terrific time and obtained another view of Vancouver and the adjacent water life. Sunset over Stanley park on a Friday evening while under the Lions gate bridge was just another highlight. All made possible by the friendly and helpful staff with easy to use equipment. Thanks especially to Aidan and Lorcan for their help.
“.. We rented the 18 ft bowrider last Sunday to cruise around False Creek and English Bay. The boat was great and the service was excellent. Booked online and when we showed up at 1pm the boat was ready and Devon gave us run down of boat. I’d recommend GIBR! ..”
“.. My family and I came across this boat rental when touring around Granville Island. We were unsure about renting so late in the evening but the staff ensured us that this was the best time to be out on the water. They were right, we had a great evening, the water was so calm and we got the enjoy an amazing sunset ..”
“.. I always love to visit Granville Island Boat Rentals when I am in Vancouver. There is so much to see out on the water. The staff here is so friendly and always remember me when I come back. Cant wait to come back ..”
“.. My friends and I had a great time renting a boat with these guys. We rented some crabbing and fishing gear and spent the afternoon out on the water. The staff were really helpful when we got back and helped pack up our catch. We had great fun that evening trying to cook it all ..”
“.. I’ve rented a boat many times from Granville Island Boat Rentals and always have a great time. Our favourite trip is to go up Indian Arm and spend the day relaxing on the water. We usually stop into Deep Cove for lunch and some tasty donuts ..”
“.. My brother and I had a wonderful day on the water. Even though we live in greater Vancouver seeing the city from the water is spectacular. Thanks for the excellent service. We will be back for more ..”
“.. Thanks for all the help Wink best boat rental company anywhere. They really took the time to explain everything and we were even greeted on the dock upon our return. Boating around Vancouver is a must!!! ..”
“.. Our last day in Vancouver and we thought we would go visit Granville Island, never thought we would have been sightseeing in a boat. We have never rented a boat but our Hotel (Hotel Vancouver) said it was a great way to see the City. And yes it was fantastic! You guys are really good with kids! Thank you again, we love your City! ..”
“ .. My boyfriend and I went up the indian arm and stopped at the water fall and had a big picnic, it was amazing I recommend everyone to do that!!! We spent about 4 hours up there but seemed like a full day, can’t wait to do it again! I rented a boat from you guys on the weekend and had an amazing time. I will defiantly use your services again and refer all of my friends to your establishment .. “
“.. What a rocking great time the two guys at the shop where right on!! Very informative with local conditions where not to go and most important were to go! Boats are in excellent condition and handle great an excellent way to take a trip without a large crowded tour boat. Also too the water was extremely refreshing!! Thanks for the great time ..”
“.. A spur of the moment thing!With guests from Australia enjoying lunch on the pier at Bridges – the perfect way to end the day with a trip to show them the sights of Vancouver at its’ best. Most of these comments read as if they were written by GIBR themselves but the friendly yet efficent crew really do set them above other rental companies I have experienced. First class boats and equipment,and a smiling face. What more could you ask for? ..”
“.. Thanks for the awesome instructions and patience. We had a great time! My 7 yr. old spotted a seal! My husband received a gift certificate for his 40th birthday…fabulous idea! ..”
“.. GIBR and Granville Island was the back drop to my wedding engagement to my beautiful girlfriend of 4 years. We spent the afternoon on the boats and then had dinner on the island. It could not have been done without G.I.B.R. The Staff was once again amazing and we will be back. Thanks for all the Help ..”
“.. This is just a short message to say thank you so much to Granville Island Boat Rentals. We recently hired a boat for a couple of hours and got engaged, the mountains to our left, the city skyline to our right, it was just perfect. We had a lovely tour round, had a picnic and it was just the best time. Also, when we got back and told the owner about our engagement, he was so nice he only charged us for one hour instead of two, that sort of customer service you don’t see too often. So this is a big thanks to you and we would definitely recommend this to anyone living/visiting Vancouver ..”
“.. I’ve rented boats at pretty much all of the boat rental places in the Vancouver area and have found Granville Island Boat Rentals to be the best around. Steve and his wife Helen were a pleasure to deal with. Granville Island Boat Rentals is simply the best place to rent a boat in Vancouver ..”
“.. Great experience ! The nicest, most friendly staff I’ve ever met in Canada. The boat was nice and handled well. The price was very reasonable. Great way to get a different view of Vancouver. A absolute must try. Thanks guys ! ..”
“.. Best Day Ever!!! Ben and all the crew are the friendliest people ever!We didn’t feel any pressure on us while renting the boat, it was sooo good.They jst made it so easy on us!We will for sure come back!Such nice views of Vancouver and such amazing boats!HIGHLY recommended!Biggrin Thanks GIBR for making our day! ..”
“.. I just want to thank you for the excellent service that you provided to my sister and I on Monday, September 15th, 2008. I know that you went out of your way to provide us with a boat to rent that day, and to let you know that we really appreciated what you did. To those interested in renting a boat at Granville Island, I would highly recommend Granville Island Boat Rentals. The equipment is basically new and service is very courteous and professional. We had a great day on the water. Thank you again ..”
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