This is the complete 2024 guide to False Creek, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
False Creek is not a creek, but rather more of an inlet of water in the middle of the City of Vancouver. It is surrounded by a seawall, condominiums, restaurants, marinas, parks, and even a cement plant!
Originally, it was a highly industrial area with lots of sawmills and therefore was very polluted. It has totally transitioned to an almost entirely residential area with very expensive high-rise towers around it. Even the water is getting better and there are now even herring spawning on Granville Island!
Granville Island has a large famous public market, lots of independent restaurants and shops, theatres, artist studios, and a large marina! Granville Island is operated by the Canadian federal government. It is most stop for tourists that come to Vancouver.
Science World at Telus World of Science is a paid attraction that has many science-related exhibits and displays. It also has a OMNIMAX theatre which show movies on its huge screen. This attraction is geared toward children and families, but has enough content for all ages.
The False Creek Seawall is a 7.6 km (4.7 mile) seawall that runs the entire length of False Creek. It has two separated paths, one for walking/jogging and the other for bicycling/rollerblading/skateboarding. It goes from the Burrard St. bridge to ScienceWorld to Granville Island passing the Yaletown and Olympic Village neighbourhoods along the way.
BC Place Stadium is the largest stadium in British Columbia holding upwards of 60,000 people for events. It hosts sporting and concert events. It has a retractable roof that is open on sunny days! It is home to the BC Lions football club of the Canadian Football League(CFL) and the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer League(MLS).
The Yaletown Roundhouse is a building that houses the restored historic train engine 374 that was the first to cross Canada. It is free to visit. You are allowed to climb onto the train. There are also some train-related souvenirs that you can purchase here.
False Creek Aquabus are small passenger ferries that ferry people across False Creek. They operate as water taxis. They have a number of routes and have some larger ferries that can carry bicycles.
anchoring permit, harbour authority
New for 2019 are Water Bike Rentals. These are bicycles on pontoons that you can ride all around English Bay. Their information is at: BCWaterBikes.ca
The Vancouver Pride Parade is the largest annual parade in Vancouver and celebrates Pride!
It normally occurs on the Sunday of the 1st weekend in August each year.
This event will take place on Sunday, August 6, 2023.
The parade goes along Beach Avenue and Pacific Avenue from Denman Street to Cambie Street.
There is a free event.
There is also an associated 2 day festival, VanPrideFest, on August 5, 2023 and August 6, 2023 that takes place at the end of False Creek at Concord Pacific Place.
The Ratha Yatra Festival of India Parade and Festival is an annual event.
The festival will take place on 2 days: August 26, 2023 and August 27, 2023 at Creekside Park next to ScienceWorld.
The parade will take place August 27, 2023 from Creekside Park to Stamps Landing along the False Creek Seawall.
The parade used to take place along Beach Avenue and end up in Ceperley Park in Stanley Park, but the location changed in 2022 due to the temporary(still there) bicycle lane preventing the parade from going down Beach Avenue.
There will be the 'Soul Veg' market, live music, food trucks, and free kids activities on the 1st day of the festival.
On the second day of the festival there will be the parade, a free 3 course meal, live entertainment and Kirtan, a children's fun zone, face painting, and more.
There is Free admission to the festival on both days!
More Ratha Yatra Festival information.
The Beach Ave Bar and Grill is a small pub right on the False Creek seawall under the Burrard Street bridge.
This pub was formerly called the Tapshack Eatery- Burrard Bridge and the Pirate Pub before that.
It is a small place that has indoor and outdoor seating. It has fabulous outdoor patio seating that is open during the spring/summer. The patio is a really great place to sit out and watch people on the seawall go by.
Address: 1012 Beach Ave #1, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1T7
Website: Beach Ave Bar and Grill
Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 3pm-6pm
The Granville Street Bridge is a vehicle, cyclist, and pedestrian bridge that goes over False Creek along Granville Street.
The Cambie Street Bridge is a vehicle, cyclist, and pedestrian bridge that goes over False Creek along Cambie Street.
official development plan
False Creek is an inlet of water in the middle of the city of Vancouver, BC, Canada.
It got it's name because when it was being surveyed in the 19th century they thought they were going up a creek, but it was 'False'.