Ride from the north shore to downtown Vancouver on the Sea Bus.
Transfer to the 50 False Creek South bus and get off at the Granville Island stop.
Walk past the marina
under the Granville St. Bridge and into an eclectic and colourful mix of arts, crafts shopping, food market, theatres, industrial sites, and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (which is not the purple building seen in this picture!)
( go here for a better look at the centre mask)
and shop till you drop.