If you’re new to Vancouver and would like to get an overview of this beautiful city, there’s no better way to discover it than by foot or by bike. False Creek is an inlet that basically separates Downtown Vancouver from the rest of Vancouver to the south. In terms of landmarks, False Creek starts at Burrard Bridge in the west and ends at Telus World of Science in the east.
False Creek was the industrial part of Vancouver until the mid-20th century, when sawmills, railway and port operations dominated the townscape in this area. As industry moved elsewhere, parts of the area deteriorated and new developments shaped a very different picture.
Wandering around False Creek is a great way to get to know the city as you walk past flash new waterside condos in Yaletown, BC Place, Rogers Arena, parks, the dome of Science World, the new developments at the Olympic Village and the marinas and market of Granville Island.
Here’s a little photo tour, with views and sights along the seawall:
The Aquabus and False Creek Ferries connect the southern and northern shores of False Creek. The cute little ferries are quick and convenient, but also provide a nice touristic experience as you get to see the full length of False Creek with its developments either side.
Some areas on the southern shore are still being developed, but instead of ugly warehouses and such, passers-by can enjoy some really cool industrial art along the way, and quite a bit of greenery, too.
Science World is a dome that was built for the World Exposition in 1986. It is now home to Telus World of Science, essentially a science museum with interactive exhibits and displays.
Depending on how much time you have, you can extend your walk along the seawall quite considerably. Granville Island, towards the beginning of False Creek, is always worth a visit, although you could probably fill a whole afternoon just browsing through the market, the little shops and doing a beer tasting at its Granville Island brewery. Or better yet, if you rent a bike, why not cycle the whole seawall from Coal Harbour via Stanley Park, English Bay and then all around False Creek?
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