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False Creek - right in the heart of Vancouver


(photos above show False Creek by day and by night)

False Creek
is a short inlet in the heart of Vancouver separating downtown from the rest of the city. It was named by George Henry Richards during his Hydrographic survey of 1856-63. Science World is located at its eastern end and the Burrard Street Bridge crosses its western end. False Creek is also spanned by the Granville Street and Cambie Street bridges.

False Creek is home to the major sporting venues in Vancouver, including GM Place (home to the Vancouver Canucks) and BC Place (home to the BC Lions). It was also the location of the Molson Indy Vancouver Champ Car race. That event, however, was discontinued following the 2004 season, as the series scheduled a race in Edmonton for the 2005 season. Also, the southeastern portion of the False Creek area is currently being renovated in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Every June, the Dragon Boat Festival is held on False Creek. Also, False Creek is where the Vancouver College Rowing Team holds most of its practices.

For cruising sailors, there are several  marinas located along or near False Creek.  In addition, it is possible to put down anchor.  There are also canoe and kayak rental companies based near or around False Creek.


Several rainbow-coloured Aquabuses serve as water taxis servicing the False Creek area;  carrying passengers to Vancouver scenic spots, parks, hotels. The aqua-buses.are equipped for carrying both foot passengers and cyclists. For information about routes, fares, tours and contact details, visit:


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