False Creek

False Creek, Vancouver: Address, False Creek Reviews: 4.5/5

False Creek
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SC
Calgary, Canada4 contributions
convenient and more fun than other modes of transportation
Aug 2021
On the beach and on Granville Island.
Frequent service; no need to worry if you miss one .
Friendly driver.
Written September 4, 2021
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson16,861 contributions
False Creek seawall walk-about
Aug 2021
No trip to Vancouver is complete without visiting the sea wall path and taking the full walk through the parks and taking in the beauty of nature. The sculptures along the way and the energy of the parks' activities always are strong draws for us.

The 25' high seawall construction was part of the obligation (read that to be "requirement for construction") assumed by the Hong Kong developer who bought the old Expo 68 site (it would soon morph into the mega-metropolis of high rises that define the new Yaletown). There is no shortage of interesting people and their pets making the promenade down the path. It is all part of the local color and flavor!

Probably the most memorable landmark (for us) is the huge mosquito-looking creation standing in the water just off the David Lam park. It has a name: Buster Simpson's Brush with Illumination. It responds to tide movements, wind and water, and is a beautiful and impressive example of art merged with environmental science. But it still looks like a giant mosquito to my uneducated eye.

False Creek sea wall is a launching point for ferries to Granville Island. Both the Aquabus and the False Creek Ferry will pick passengers up from the dock for explorations around False Creek. Both of the lines have different routes and price tickets accordingly. False Creek Ferry does offer a $14 CAD senior citizen all-day fare with unlimited use.

The sea wall path makes its way up to, and ends at, a defunct casino (Edgewater) in what is left of the Plaza of Nations. Built as a temporary structure for the 1986 Expo, the casino was deemed unsafe in 2006 and will be torn down in the future (if Mother Nature doesn't beat the wrecking ball to the punch). The casino has relocated across the concrete to BC stadium with a new and improved look and name: Parq Casino Hotel Resort (just in case the call of the dice beckon to you).

One of our favorite juxtapositions is seeing the large crystal chandelier hanging from the underside of a steel girder bridge. It can be seen along the sea wall walk. That is so exceptionally impressive: a touch of glam in a very unexpected place!

These various artistic installations pop up in such an unexpected places and always cause us to stop and linger a bit, pondering the artist's intent and purpose. Art is always thought provoking. Our brain cells enjoy the exercise!
Written August 26, 2021
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Dickenson Family
Kemptville, Canada828 contributions
Lovely body of water on the edge of downtown
Aug 2021 • Family
Beautiful inlet of the ocean. Lots of boats in the marina. 2 bridges are available to walk across it, Granville street bridge and burrard bridge. Beautiful views
Written August 13, 2021
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Chris D
New Westminster, Canada2,629 contributions
A MUST for Out-Of-Towners
Jul 2021
This whole area was industrial for about one hundred years. Over the past fifty or so, the creekside has morphed into a pleasant neighbourhood to stroll, particularly the north side. The jewel in the crown is the sea wall, which has segregated paths for cyclists and pedestrians. Many great viewpoints along the way, so plan to stop, marvel, and photo. And if you are my age, note the various washrooms along the way.
Lots of places to snack or get a refreshment. And, enough of the old industrial uses remain (don't miss locomotive 374!) to show what once was. Next to Stanley Park and Burrard Inlet, this is a must do.
Written July 23, 2021
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Hari A
Delta, British Columbia, Canada584 contributions
Romantic Walks
Jun 2021
Look over the beautiful Pacific Ocean and admire the tall mountain range in the distance. Stroll down and admire beautiful sunsets smothering the downtown area.
Written July 20, 2021
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Maggie May
Regina, Canada820 contributions
Pretty area
Aug 2020
Lovely area with nice walking paths. Can see the water and the mountains. so many things to do and see along this area.
Written August 23, 2020
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Leonard K
Okanagan, Canada27 contributions
Great for sailing
Aug 2020
We took the Barbeque boat cruising around false creek for 2 hr. and really enjoyed the views and little coves. Great way to see the shoreline buildings.
Written August 6, 2020
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Chris D
New Westminster, Canada2,629 contributions
Much More Than a Pleasant Stroll
Jul 2020
The review below, by "Pookie Cake" gives a comprehensive and accurate history of the name derivation and some previous uses. So, rather than plagiarize what she(?) said, I would encourage you to read hers; and I'll focus on more current issues.
Tourists should DEFINITELY include this area in their plans. Easily accessible by public transit, a person can walk, cycle or wheel chair the segregated pathway around the north side quite easily (I'm not that familiar with the south side) starting in the Yaletown neighbourhood.
Stop to marvel at the natural beauty, but also consider the work of town planners (and many other visionaries) who redeveloped this area from heavy industrial in the space of two generations. Some evidence remains, such as the roundhouse (who knew this was once a railway yard?) and the still operating cement plant on Granville Island.
See various photographs and look for infoplaques along the way.
If you walk west, you can continue to Stanley Park!
Written August 3, 2020
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada12,049 contributions
Exemplifies some of YVR's Best
Feb 2020
The area now known as False Creek had been in use by First Nations for thousands of years before George Richards stumbled across it and gave it its false name. Like most things colonial settlers had done in the days of exploration (“error”), Richards mistook the south side of Burrard Inlet for a creek and, upon realizing his blunder, gave it the name “False Creek.” I love how, in history, those who make “discoveries” often do it by error and then receive much praise and gold stars for their efforts. Columbus gets lost at sea and “discovers” a new continent; George Richards mistakes an inlet for a creek and influences much of Vancouver. The irony! Ah, well. Such is life, I suppose.

In any event, False Creek is a lovely area of Vancouver and is a far cry from what it was even 20 years ago. From the 1950s and throughout the 1990s, this area of the city was very much an industrial heartland. Sawmills, cement mixing silos and commercial boat operations were very much the orders of the day. As time progressed, and the city of Vancouver began diversifying its economy – shifting from the primary to the tertiary sector – False Creek entered a state of physical decline and, in general, wasn’t an area you’d be keen on visiting. Memory informs me that the 1980s and 1990s were particularly poignant in this regard despite the brief interlude of Expo ‘86. Come the new millennium, however, city Council saw an opportunity for urban development and the forthcoming Winter Olympics accelerated this process. Now, False Creek is one of Vancouver’s most prized urban areas renowned for its spatial planning, picturesque waterway, parks, trendy eateries and pubs. In short, it is now a place you should want to visit.

Nowadays “Beautiful part of Vancouver” is a common sentiment. Because much of False Creek is still relatively new, with most buildings having gone up in the last ten years, the area exudes a sense of vitality, youth and life. I think part of this is a result of the rather eclectic group of neighbourhoods that call False Creek home. Because of the various and varying times in which they went up, they use different architectural styles, which speak to both time of construction and economic/social focus. Consider Olympic Village Square, for example, and the Plaza of Nations – both very different but both of False Creek. I think it’s wonderful and it gives this area of Vancouver a very distinct character from that of, say, downtown, or the West End (see my earlier review of the latter on this site).

For those visiting the area, there are a few key attractions sure to please: Granville Island, Science World, the Parq Casino, and the False Creek Seawall come to mind. I’ve written at length on most of these attractions, so will keep my comments here somewhat brief. First, Granville Island is a truly amazing place and very much represents some of the best of Vancouver with its mix of the arts, fresh produce, seafood, live performances and trendy (but delicious) restaurants. As you walk around this major area of False Creek, you’ll even see evidence of its past as an industrial heartland: Ocean Concrete still operates here and their painted silos – GIANTS – command some attention! Second, Science World, which was opened in celebration of Expo ’86, is a great place for kids and adults alike. Children are sure to enjoy the ever-changing exhibits while all members of the family will be amazed at the OMNIMAX screen. Third, the Parq casino . . . well, who doesn’t enjoy a bit of light gambling now and then? The Parq is also home to Honey Salt and the Victor, both of which are pretty fantastic restaurants. Finally, the False Creek Seawall represents some of the best walking, jogging and cycling space in all of Vancouver. With picturesque views of False Creek along much of this route, you can get in many a selfie and enjoy the city’s natural beauty. Interestingly, social convention has lumped this seawall in with the larger “Vancouver Seawall” even though they’re technically different.

False Creek, then, is a fairly large area. While those with a lot of time on their hands may be able to walk both south and north ends, most of us lack the luxury of time. No worries, though, because you can traverse the “creek” via the Aquabus or False Creek Ferries, both of which provide exceptional and timely service to various points of interest along False Creek (see my earlier review of Aquabus on this site). For me, the ferries are the only way to go because they allow you to travel the calm waters at an economic and fair price; plus, they afford unique views of the cityscape.

I’d be remiss if I failed to mention some of the coveted greenspace of False Creek. The area is home to a number of parks. The David Lam Park, Sutcliffe Park and Hinge Park immediately come to mind. The latter is especially noteworthy because it nods to history and functions as a sort of art project. In short, the Hinge Park is about a 10-minute walk from the Olympic Village CanadaLine station and grabs your attention exactly because it looks so out of place: It is both wetland and industrial area. The old rusted pipes hint at False Creek’s past while concomitantly acknowledging the impact of urban development upon the environment. Talk about deep! Walk about 10 or so minutes more to Olympic Village Square and see more abstract art in the form of THE BIRDS (see my earlier review on this site). False Creek can be deep both literally and figuratively!

Whether you’re looking for a good outdoor landscape to exercise, or just want to play tourist, False Creek is a nice neighbourhood to visit. It’s diverse just like the city that surrounds it, and this makes it all the more attractive. After you’ve finished exploring the area, have a bite to eat at Granville Island (The Keg and Tony’s Fish & Chips are both great), or check out the new Hon’s Wonton House at Olympic Village!
Written May 2, 2020
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colarnold
Shellharbour, Australia27 contributions
Fantastic
Jan 2020
What a great little place to visit, we caught the train from downtown to the Science Centre and spent some time there before catching the ferry to Granville Island where we walked around the markets and went to the brewery it’s so accessible to everything before catching the ferry back to the other side of the creek where we caught the train back to Waterfront station.
Written February 16, 2020
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