The False Creek Region
False Creek is one of Vancouver’s most popular urban areas to explore. Whether on foot, by bike or via a mini ferry boat, there is a lot to do and see in the area. There are parks, tourist attractions, pubs, coffee shops and restaurants at various points along the False Creek Seawall. There are also stunning views of the City of Vancouver in all directions.
Where is False Creek?
False Creek is located along the southern edge of downtown Vancouver. It borders the West End and Yaletown to the north and the city’s Downtown Eastside to the east. Its eastern end is also close to both BC Place Stadium and Chinatown. To the south, the water borders the edge of Kitsilano, Granville Island and Vancouver’s Olympic Village.
Lengthways, False Creek runs from the entrance to English Bay between Vanier Park and Sunset Beach in the west to Science World in the east. It’s a fair-sized body of water and connected to a considerable portion of downtown Vancouver and many of its most popular and famous sights.
The distance from Vanier Park to Sunset Beach along the seawall is about 8 kilometres. Walking at a leisurely pace it can take up to a couple of hours to do the entire route, or slightly less than an hour to walk halfway, either to or from Science World. To cycle along the seawall from Vanier Park to Sunset Beach takes about half an hour.
Places of Interest Around False Creek
Sites of interest located along False Creek include Granville Island, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, the Museum of Vancouver and Vanier Park (which is home to the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in the summer).
False Creek is also where you’ll find Yaletown (with all its restaurants), the Olympic Athletes Village and the False Creek Seawall (that you can walk, jog and cycle along from one end of the waterfront to the other).
Both the north and south sides of False Creek are amazing places to stroll along. Conveniently (and lots of fun), little mini Harbour Ferries go up and down the waterway, dropping passengers off at most of the tourist sites.
False Creek Seawall
Both sides of False Creek are connected by the area’s Seawall. It’s a fantastic place to go for a stroll or a bike ride and enjoy the views of the water and city.
The north side of the False Creek seawall runs all the way from Science World up until English Bay. Secluded from the noise of traffic, the north side is a peaceful place for a walk or a bike ride.
One of the best parts of the south False Creek seawall is its views of downtown Vancouver which can get truly spectacular especially close to sunset.
False Creek Bridges
Three bridges cross the False Creek waterfront – the Cambie Street Bridge, Burrard Street Bridge and Granville Street Bridge. If you get the chance, go for a stroll over any one of them. On a clear day the scenery is spectacular.
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