Our Story

Granville Island Toy Company

"We don't cease to play because we grow old; we grow old because we cease to play." 
                           ~ G.B Shaw

Mention the name “The Granville Island Toy Company” and seldom will you find a Vancouverite who doesn't know what you are talking about. Our flagship store (located in Kids Market on Granville Island) has been serving generations of families for 30 years! People who used to come in as children are now coming to the store with their own kids! One of those children is (now grown up–but young at heart) owner Joanna Mileos who, together with her husband Craig Hartman, continues to select products based on quality, not on volume. “We focus on finding suppliers who care for kids as much as we do. If it’s not good enough for our own children to play with, then it’s not good enough for our customers.”

In 2007, the second location opened at 3298 Main Street (corner of 17th Avenue) in Vancouver. Triple the size of our original location, the Main Street store offers a wider selection of eco-friendly, educational toys, games and puzzles for the young and young at heart.  In 2010, The Granville Island Toy Company expanded its Main Street store to include Vancouver’s Only Specialty Playmobil Shop which carries the entire line of Playmobil including exclusive items that you won't find anywhere else!

We are also happy to offer a great selection, unique experience and excellent customer service in our online shop! Can't find what you're looking for? Our selection of toys, games and puzzles is so huge that it takes time to get them on our “online store shelves,” so don’t hesitate to email or call us; we’ll be happy to help. When you contact us, you are talking directly to the team that staffs our stores every day.  You're also helping support a locally owned business and its staff as well as a wide variety of toy manufacturers from around the world who care about their impact on our planet and the quality of life of your children.  At our stores, you can find toys that are made locally in Canada as well as produced in a smattering of European countries. Unlike your typical big box store, we strive to provide toys that will engage your child and provide a high level of play value.

The Granville Island Toy Company takes great pride in its knowledgeable and friendly staff who are always available to help you find just what you are looking for.