Just don't go swimming there!
False creek is far from it's natural state -
it is basically a man made body of water. The inland part
used to be large tidal estuary but it has been dedged, filled and
walled to fill the needs of industry. The land surrounding was
once full of industry (lumber mill's, rail yards and
manufacturing) but that is now mostly gone, replaced by
residential buildings and people.
False Creek At Night
False Creek really shows off it's urban side
at night as a giant reflecting pond for the city.
The water is crossed by three large
bridges, the Cambie Street Bridge, the Granville Street Bridge and
the Burrard Street Bridge.
Granville Island is on False Creek and there
is a place that rents Kayaks. It makes for a great few hours if
you are into self propelled entertainment.
We have a kayak camping trip
up and David wisely wanted to get some practice in before we
committed ourselves to a long trip well beyond our skills or
endurance. There is a Kayak rental place down on Granville
Island and we managed to get four people together to go for a bit
We headed up the inlet to the calmer waters on the other side of
the Cambie Street bridge. The huge Millennium Water
construction site (with it's crazy number of cranes) dominates the
The condos are a long ways from complete
(but progressing at terrific rate, even by Vancouver standards)
but some of the amenities such as the redeveloped oceanfront sea
wall are almost complete. It's amazing to see so many
condo's coming on stream all at the same time - I believe there
must be terrific risk in creating an "instant" neighborhood.
The Dragon Boat races are coming up soon
so there were lots of boats out on the water getting practice
in. Science world is kind of a hub for this kind of activity
so we had to dodge a few boats as we went to farthest end of the
We only rented for two hours so we
couldn't really hang out too long. We stopped in at Yaletown
for a coffee (Why isn't there a starbucks on the dock yet?), and
paddled back to Granville Island to return our boats.
Rarely, we do get cold weather and snow.
When that happens, the city basically shuts down because we have
so little snow clearing equipment and most people don't own snow
tired. Since I live close to false creek that means it's an
opportunity for me to go out and take photos!
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People: David(1), Mark(1), Jeremy(1)
From: John Harvey Photo > Photos of Vancouver > False Creek
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