Things to see in Vancouver – False Creek

Connecting Vancouver’s downtown with the Olympic Village, Telus World of Science (formerly called Science World), Granville Island, and the neighbourhood of Kitsilano, False Creek hosts a mix of commercial and pleasure boat traffic, including Dragon Boats.  False Creek used to continue as far as Clark Drive in East Vancouver, but much of the waterway was drained and filled in by railway companies a century ago.  Spanned by the picturesque Burrard Street Bridge, and the more utilitarian Granville Street Bridge, False Creek is best enjoyed by walking or cycling along the Seawall, or by boat.  If you don’t own or have access to a boat, try hopping on a False Creek Ferry, or the more colourful Aquabus.  Both of these companies offer regular “water-taxi” service to various destinations along False Creek.

You won't win any Dragonboat races in this rig...

You won’t win any Dragon-boat races in this rig.

Views from the water are beautiful, and showcase the diverse architecture and condo-lifestyle of the area.  Check out the remnants of Vancouver’s Expo ’86, the Edgewater Casino (formerly the International Pavilion), and the glittering dome of the Telus World of Science.  The renovated BC Place Stadium, with its unique circular opening roof dominates the north view, while opposite the Olympic Village now ranks as some of downtown Vancouver’s poshest condominiums.  Yaletown Marina is a popular retreat, with a collection of restaurants coffee shops and an upscale Urban Fare grocery store.  You may also be interested in a visit to the Yaletown Roundhouse, formerly the servicing area for several steam locomotives, and now a thriving community centre.

No use waiting for a train here...try the Canada Line which is across the street.

No use waiting for a train here…try the Canada Line which is across the street.

Continuing along False Creek, you’ll find Granville Island, home to the amazing Public Market, and a hours-busting array of galleries, craft studios, eateries, and shops.  The ferries continue from Granville Island as far as the Museum of Vancouver and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.  There is also a regular ferry service from Granville Island to Bowen Island (not on a mini-ferry).  Tip: to avoid parking nightmares at Granville Island Public Market on weekends, park your vehicle downtown, and catch the ferries from Science World, or Yaletown Marina.

If you have a nice boat, you'll probably want to park it here.

If you have a nice boat, you’ll probably want to park it here.

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