False Creek is one of Vancouver’s most picturesque and upcoming waterfront neighbourhoods.
In anticipation of the Winter Olympics of 2010, the formerly barren southeast False Creek area was transformed into a Village of modern thinking, ecological sensitivity and community interaction.
False Creek can proudly boast some of the most well-known areas of Vancouver including Granville Island & the Olympic Village.
False Creek is one of the finest areas for outdoor activities in the entire Lower Mainland.
The endless seawall offers one of the most perfect walking, jogging, biking, and rollerblading venues in Canada. The waters of False Creek through the False Creek Racing Canoe Club offers courses and races in dragon boat, kayaking, outrigger boats, surfski and marathon canoe. The annual Dragon Boat Festival in False Creek is one of the premier Dragon Boat Festivals in the world and attracts teams from all over the globe.
The False Creek Community Centre on Granville Island offers recreational programs for all ages including fitness, water-sports, dance classes, yoga and tennis courts. The newly opened Creekside Community Centre at the Olympic Village is a multi-recreation venue that offers a full size basketball court, a full size gym, an aerobics studio, fitness centre, arts and crafts rooms, a games room and over 6000 square feet of retail and commercial space and meeting rooms. The facility also offers a daycare with outdoor play area.
Shopping is anchored by the world famous crown jewel, Granville Island.
Wholly owned and managed by the federal government, Granville Island is a mixture of art studios, design studios, performance art organizations, restaurants, lounges, a small hotel, and the well known and jam-packed Granville Island Public Market. Granville Island exudes creativity, lifestyle, community and individuality and extols at all times the beauty of its surroundings. The one thing you will not find on Granville Island is a big box store or any large corporate franchises. The government has decided that the corporate philosophy of these enterprises does not fit in with the community spirited mandate of the “island”.
But shopping is by no means limited to Granville Island. In the north western corner of False Creek, a new district entitled “The Armoury” has emerged. Design houses, interior design stores, lighting fixtures, designer furniture, high-end carpets, modern antiques and furnishings – these are all commercial tenants who are now working out of “The Armoury” district. Interspersed in the midst of these types of retails stores are French bakeries, one of the finest cheese shops in town, not to mention music business royalty with the likes of Feldman and Associates, Nettwerk Records and Siegel Entertainment.
Check out our interactive map guide to find everything from local restaurants to schools in False Creek