In the summer of 2016, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) embarked on a powerful re-imagining of Vancouver’s Granville Island to 2040. The Island has been an incredible Canadian success story, a place where arts and industry and surprises collide. But the island needed a refresh to maintain and enhance its relevance for the future. Happy Cities collaborated with an interdisciplinary team led by HCMA to create an updated and compelling vision for the iconic island. We co-created guiding principles to lead this work, and engaged stakeholders in an immersive process to take inspiration from new thinking on cities and placemaking and generate and test their own transformative ideas for Granville Island.