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False Creek, Vancouver

False Creek is a short inlet in the heart of Vancouver. It separates 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, with the Granville, Cambie, and the Burrard (which is furthest west) Street bridges crossing False Creek. The Canada Line tunnel crosses underneath False Creek just west of the Cambie Bridge. It is one of the four major bodies of water bordering Vancouver along with English Bay, Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River. In 1986 it was the location of the Expo 86 World's Fair.

History

Human settlement in the Lower Fraser region (including present-day Vancouver; see Lower Mainland) began between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago, following the retreat of the Sumas Glacier at the end of the last ice age. The settlement by peoples now known as the Coast Salish predates the arrival of salmon in the river between 4,500 and 5,000 years ago, an occurrence that took place symbiotically with the emergence of Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar ecosystems between 4,000 and 5,000 years before present-day. According to Squamish-Sto:lo author and historian Lee Maracle, Vancouver was inhabited by “Downriver Halkomelem” speaking peoples, the Tsleil-Waututh.

Contact between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of present-day Vancouver occurred in June 1792. By 1812, Halkomelem peoples had survived three large epidemics from foreign illnesses such as smallpox, introduced through trading routes, including a 1782 outbreak that killed two-thirds of the population. It has been estimated that shortly before the time of first contact and these epidemics, the indigenous population of the Lower Fraser was over 60,000.

An 1830 Hudson’s Bay Company census documented 8,954 indigenous inhabitants in the region, although the census was probably incomplete due to the omitting of an unknown number of settlements. As a result of epidemics, the population of the Tsleil-Waututh was reduced to 41 individuals by 1812, who invited the neighbouring Squamish to reside in Burrard Inlet.

Shortly thereafter, a group of Tsleil-Waututh led by Khatsalahnough, a leader from Lil’wat (near present-day Pemberton), occupied present-day False Creek. At this time, large sand bars existed at the entrance to False Creek, from which False Creek’s indigenous name, Snauq (meaning “sandbar”) is derived. False Creek, which lies in Musqueam territory, was a shared waterway; in addition to the Tsleil-Waututh, the Squamish inhabited False Creek as well, occupying it year-round.

Prior to European settlement, False Creek extended as far east as what is now Clark Drive, while Burrard Inlet was nearly a mile in width. With land reclamation extending into Burrard Inlet and False Creek for port and industrial uses, the landscape began to change dramatically. Once a vital source for Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Squamish food supplies such as sea asparagus, berries, camas, oysters, clams, wild cabbage, and mushrooms, False Creek became polluted with sewage and toxic effluent from sawmills and other industries. As a result, one nickname for False Creek was “Shit Creek”.

In 1913, the Squamish residents of the Kitsilano Reserve, on the False Creek sandbar, were forced to relocate. According to Maracle, the settlement was burned down following the forced evacuation. In 1916, the sandbar on which this settlement was located was built into Granville Island to create new industrial land. In 1917, the eastern basin of False Creek was infilled to create land for the Canadian Northern Railway's Pacific Central Station; transcontinental railway terminals such as this helped earn Vancouver the moniker of "Terminal City". Talk of draining and filling the inlet to Granville Street continued into the 1950s, but that never occurred.

The False Creek area was the industrial heartland of Vancouver through to the 1950s, and was home to many sawmills and small port operations. As industry shifted to other areas, the vicinity around False Creek started to deteriorate. In 1960, BC Forest Products plant and lumber storage facility on the south side of False Creek caught fire in Vancouver's first-ever five-alarm blaze. Every piece of firefighting equipment and all of Vancouver's firefighters fought the blaze for hours, but the facility was totally destroyed.

The future of False Creek south was subsequently shaped by debates on freeways, urban renewal, and the rise of citizen participation in urban planning. Through the 60s, the ruling NPA city government and senior city bureaucrats had hatched a plan - with little or no public consultation - to run freeways through the city. In the same period, the City razed large portions of Strathcona under the aegis of urban renewal. A group of influential citizens formed The Electors Action Movement (TEAM) to oppose the freeway and to radically change the way decisions were made on land use. A key figure amongst these people was Walter Hardwick, a Geography professor at UBC who envisioned the retrofit of this brownfield industrial site into a vibrant waterfront mixed-use community.

First elected to City Council in 1968, Dr. Hardwick led the City's redevelopment team and helped secure the participation of the Federal Government which owned Granville Island. A major public involvement and co-design process followed which established public priorities for an accessible waterfront seawall; mixed-tenure housing including market condominiums, co-op and low-income housing and live-aboard marinas; and a vibrant waterfront market. These plans were formalized in a 1972 Official Development Plan (http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/BYLAWS/odp/fccdd.pdf). The form and mix of development were revolutionary for Vancouver at the time. A third of the site was set aside for housing at 40 units/acre with the balance converted to park, waterfront and community uses.

The North Shore of False Creek (NFC) was further transformed in the 1980s, as it took centre stage during Expo 86. Following Expo, the Province sold the NFC site to Li Ka-shing who brought ideas of a higher density waterfront community to the downtown peninsula. Vancouver's experience with South False Creek and the public participation that shaped it was key to developing NFC as a livable high-density community. For example, Ka-shing's company wanted to develop "islands" of market condos on the waterfront but was soundly rebuffed by the public and by planners who favoured the extension of a 100% publicly accessible waterfront and seawall. The 1991 Official Development Plan enabled significant new density commensurate with the provision of significant public amenities including streetfront shops and services, parks, school sites, community centres, daycares, co-op and low-income housing. Since then, most of the north shore has become a new neighbourhood of dense housing (about 100 units/acre), adding some 50,000 new residents to Vancouver's downtown peninsula.

On December 1, 1998, Vancouver City Council adopted a set of Blueways policies and guidelines stating the vision of a waterfront city where land and water combine to meet the environmental, cultural and economic needs of the City and its people in a sustainable, equitable, high quality manner.

Southeast False Creek (SEFC) is the designation given to the neighbourhood bordered by Cambie, Main, West 2nd Avenue, and False Creek. The 2010 Olympic Village, for athlete housing and logistics of the Winter Olympics, is found in Southeast False Creek. The City of Vancouver has plans to see this neighbourhood developed into a residential area with housing and services for 11,000-13,000 people.

Sports and recreation

False Creek is a very popular boating area for many different activities including dragon boating, canoeing, kayaking, public ferries, charter ships, and visiting pleasure boats. It has 10 marinas with berths for 1500 watercraft and several paddling clubs or boat rental facilities. Since 1986, the creek has been the venue for the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival and other paddling events.

Transportation

Aquabus and False Creek Ferries are two ferry companies that operate daily scheduled service to and from points along False Creek. English Bay Launch provides daily scheduled service from Granville Island on False Creek to Bowen Island. False Creek can also be crossed via Canada Line at Olympic Village Station and Yaletown-Roundhouse Station.

Wildlife and the environment

Several decades following the suspension of industrial activity in the area, a number of shore and seabirds such as cormorants, ducks, herons, kingfishers, owls, geese, crows, and gulls have returned, as well as harbour seals. In an unusual sighting, in May 2010 a grey whale entered False Creek and traversed its length before returning to the open waters of the Strait of Georgia.

Factors working against the further return of wildlife include residual industrial contaminants, spillage from the sewer overflow system into the creek, and the seawall that constrains much of the shoreline with little habitat value. The city has attempted to recreate the natural shoreline in some areas and is working to phase out the antiquated sewer overflow system.

Architecture and urban planning

The False Creek area is an eclectic group of neighborhoods with very different urban planning and architectural techniques/styles. The discrepancies between the north and south shores of False Creek are apparent from the built landscape but, as David Ley from the Geography department at UBC argues, these discrepancies are representative of the social, economic, and cultural movements from which they sprang. The Modern and Post-modern aesthetics that helped to shape western culture during the course of the last century were not wasted on architecture and urban planning either. These movements in art and culture had significant effects on the way people thought about and interacted with their environment and False Creek offers a good example of the disparate design elements and goals that characterize these respective approaches, and of the how the sequence of development changed in response to social pressures.

South False Creek

The south shore of False Creek has had quite a diverse history of land uses since its founding. South False Creek went from being an industrial park, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, to being the populous residential area that it is today. The development of this area, beginning anew in the 1970s, occurred at a critical time in Vancouver’s history when citizens were organizing support for a new picture of the city, one that broke away from the standardized utilitarian cities that were so popular in North America and, instead, pushed for a more livable and diverse built environment. This neighborhood, located on municipally and federally owned land, offered an opportunity for project leaders, often led by TEAM members, to create a new kind of space, what Ley calls a post-modern space. Architecture and urban planning that embrace diversity of design, human-scale proportions, open public spaces, historical and vernacular allusions, diverse demography and the trade of local goods reflect the post-modern goals of inclusion and tradition that were important to the project leaders behind South False Creek. The result is a medium-density area with a variety of architectural designs, ownership opportunities, recreational activities, and modes of transportation, which allows for easier mobility within the community and a more picturesque landscape to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Bike paths, parks, unique three-story homes, a public market, and the intentional preservation of mountain-views, and other characteristics, distinguish the area of South False Creek as one of the earliest conscious attempts to create a more “livable” environment for Vancouverites rather than focusing on efficiency and profitability as modernists are often criticized for doing.

North False Creek

The north shore of False Creek, on the downtown peninsula, has undergone multiple stages of development since its purchase by the province from the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 1980s. Before the BC Cabinet bought the land of North False Creek to begin development for Expo ’86, the land was used for industrial purposes, however, provincial leaders developed a plan to build a sports stadium (BC Place), commercial outlets, and high-density residences on the newly cleared land. The circumstances surrounding the initial development phase of the northern shore of False Creek – strong provincial government involvement, incorporation of corporate partners, the appointment of Arthur Erickson as a project leader, etc. – worked to set the development of the area on a path to modernism with the primary goal being economic profit. BC Place and the accompanying high-density residences and commercial retailers set North False Creek in stark contrast to its southern neighbor, but the differences are more significant than design alone. Yes, the standardized condominiums and streets of the downtown peninsula may offer a more functional or efficient landscape for the modern worker, but even more, this kind of landscape, with its adherence to rational, large-scale, technological spaces, works to keep residents and visitors within the economic dynamo of the city. Although the early development decisions continue to play a role in the experience of the built environment in North False Creek, however, new strides have been taken by the land’s new owner Li Ka-shing, in response to public concerns, to create a more livable and accessible space, although the high-density and mixed use characteristics of the landscape were maintained in this case.

False Creek Listings

False Creek

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  • 106 388 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "THE EXCHANGE" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181508

    Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Maybe your last time to view the only loft conversion in Olympic Village area . Saturday open was very busy.
    Main Photo: 106 388 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "THE EXCHANGE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181508
    $759,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181508
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    778 sq. ft.
    New York HERITAGE LOFT conversion in 2009, 1 level open plan, original brick walls, Douglas fir beams, polished concrete floors, over-height ceilings and named 'BEST BUILDING". Spacious, bright 1 bdrm & den, covered ~135sf. outdoor living deck w/view of community1 garden. Interiors by award winning Alda Pereira Designs, Italian Dada Kitchen w/SS Blomberg & AEG appliances, gas range, SS counters, custom soft close cabinets. Spa-like bath w/frameless shower & separate tub. SE False Creek's only heritage loft developed by reputable PCI (Van Convention Centre) geothermal heating w/AC, Roof top terrace, club lounge, 1 parking stall, locker, bike storage, 2 DOGS & rentals ok. Walk:Can line, Whole Foods, Seawall Close:Costco, downtown, hospitals & Granville Is. OPEN JUNE 25, SUNDAY 2:00-4:00 More details
    Sutton Group - Grimson Realty
  • 116 1859 SPYGLASS Place in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "REGATTA" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2181553

    Open House on Saturday, July 1, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 116 1859 SPYGLASS Place in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "REGATTA" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2181553
    $1,988,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2181553
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,562 sq. ft.
    Absolutely stunning waterfront garden level condo with unobstructed False Creek, downtown and mountain views. Feel the pulse of Vancouver with boats passing by and the joggers, walkers and cyclists on the seawall. Stroll to Granville Island, The Village at False Creek and downtown. Features a sun drenched 378 sq ft patio for entertaining. Fabulous 1,562 sq ft plan features open kitchen, dining and living rooms with tasteful renovations to the kitchen and bathrooms. Spacious master and ensuite with a den ideally suited for a home office. Excellent rec facility with indoor pool, hot tub and exercise room. 2 parking. Pets and rentals allowed. Open Houses: Sat & Sun, July 1st & 2nd, 2:00-4:00 PM. More details
    Maude, Mackay & Co. Ltd.
  • 402 1661 ONTARIO Street in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180655

    Main Photo: 402 1661 ONTARIO Street in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180655
    $1,398,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180655
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,189 sq. ft.
    Designer corner suite in Olympic Village. GORGEOUS two bedroom and two den in sought after Sails building. Featuring white oak floors, open plan kitchen with German cabinetry, Miele and sub-zero appliances & full pantry. Large master with 5 piece spa-like ensuite. Second bedroom has a w/in closet, 3 piece designer ensuite and connecting office. Spacious and bright with 9' ceilings, expansive windows to the view & large northeast facing outdoor balcony. Great for people watching OR barbecuing. Building features state of the art heating and cooling, Gold Medal Club w/gym, swimming pool, infrared and steam saunas, hot tub, etc. Quick access to Canada line, Expo sky train station, seawall and aqua-bus. Parking and locker included. Open Fri June 23rd, 10 - 12, Sun, June 25th, 2 - 3:30. More details
    Royal LePage Sussex
  • 316 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Townhouse for sale in "FOUNDRY" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180629

    Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 316 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Townhouse for sale in "FOUNDRY" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180629
    $1,199,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180629
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    1,209 sq. ft.
    This elegant townhome at the FOUNDRY provides the best of urban living. From your own front door follow seaside paths to Granville Island, or hop on a water taxi to enjoy some of downtown's finest amenities, or walk to local shops & breweries in the Olympic Village or hop on the skytrain only 5 min away. It's all right here at your doorstep! Inside you'll be impressed by the great open plan and floor to ceiling windows & ample storage. The kitchen features custom cabinetry, stone counters, Bosch appliances. Upstairs there's a nice view deck off the master and California closets in both bdrms. There's a spacious front patio for BBQing and sitting on long summer nights. Unlimited rentals & large parking stall! Open Sat/Sun, 2-4pm. More details
    Sutton Grp-West Coast Realty
  • 801 288 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "THE JAMES" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180056

    Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:30PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 801 288 W 1ST Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "THE JAMES" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180056
    $638,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180056
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    634 sq. ft.
    RARELY AVAILBLE-One bed and den at the sought after JAMES by CRESSEY. This bright, sleek and stylish, meticulously maintained home features Italian Armony Cucine cabinetry, Bloomberg and Fagor appliances, gas range, quartz counters, hardwood floors and A/C. This well laid suite boasts a den with a window, a laundry room, designer wallpaper, and a master bedroom with a walk-in closet. This gorgeous building is 5 years young, has a full time concierge, under warranty and has a spectacular roof top deck with incredible views and a BBQ, a community garden and a first class amenity room, ideal for entertaining. In an awesome location, steps to the seawall, the Olympic Village station, Cambie Village, and shopping.1 parking and 1 locker OPEN THURS. JUNE 22nd 5-6PM, SAT/SUN JUNE 24/25th 2:30-4PM More details
    Royal LePage Sussex (WVan)
  • 310 1485 W 6TH Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "CARRARA OF PORTICO" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2180134

    Main Photo: 310 1485 W 6TH Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "CARRARA OF PORTICO" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2180134
    • Carrera of Portico
    • 1485 West 6th Avenue - Gallery District
    • View from Living Room
    • Office
    • Solarium
    • Large Master Bedroom
    • Ensuite Bathroom
    • Second Bedroom
    • Second Bathroom
    • Across street from Granville Loop Park & 3 blocks from Granville Island
    $1,198,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2180134
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,235 sq. ft.
    Welcome to the Bosa built Carrara of Portico. This quiet well maintained cement building is located in the heart of South Granville's gallery district, steps to shopping, parks and a short walk to Granville Island and Vancouver's Seawall. Measured at 1235sf, this bright well cared for 2bd, 2bth home includes a solarium, an office, large kitchen pantry, gas fireplace, 2 SIDE-BY-SIDE PARKING plus a large separate storage locker. Great amenities - gym, sauna, steam room, hot tub, workshop, bike room and more. Enjoy city and mountain views from your living room and solarium. Carrara of Portico - a beautiful place to call home. Open house: Sat June 24 @ 2:30-5pm & Sun June 25 @ 12-2:30. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 308 1633 ONTARIO Street in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "Kayak - The Village on False Creek" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2179442

    Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 308 1633 ONTARIO Street in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "Kayak - The Village on False Creek" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179442
    $1,198,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2179442
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,045 sq. ft.
    Welcome to KAYAK at the Village on False Creek. Exceptional quality & luxurious living in the heart of Olympic Village. This spectacular 2 bedroom unit has an open & well designed layout. German imported kitchen, Miele & Sub-Zero appliances and large island make this a chef's delight. H/W floors, deluxe spa baths, 9 ft ceilings & state of the art heating & cooling system are just some of the features. Well equipped gym & access to the Gold Medal Club included. Beautiful corner unit with city and future park views. Steps from Canada Line & Expo Skytrain Stations, Seawall & Aquabus. Parking & locker included. Pets & Rentals are welcome. Full size floor plan on realtors website. Sneak Peek June 22, 5-6pm and Open House June 24 & 25th 2-4pm. More details
    RE/MAX Crest Realty Westside
  • 402 456 MOBERLY Road in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "PACIFIC COVE" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2179312

    Main Photo: 402 456 MOBERLY Road in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "PACIFIC COVE" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179312
    • Balcony
    • Floor Plan
    $998,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2179312
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,063 sq. ft.
    Waterfront 2 bedroom/2 bath condo perfectly located on the 4th floor of Pacific Cove - NE exposure with full views of False Creek, Marina, stunning gardens, mountains and downtown but NO bridge traffic or noise! This fully rain screened concrete freehold building is steps to the seawall, a short walk or bike ride to Granville Island, ferry dock and close to Cambie street restaurants, shops and the Skytrain! Well maintained but mostly original condition, 2 parking stalls, storage locker and pets & rentals allowed with restrictions. Offers subject to Probate. Open Saturday & Sunday June 24th & 25th 3 - 5pm, or by appointment. More details
    Dexter Associates Realty
  • 615 518 MOBERLY Road in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "Newport Quay" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2178984

    Open House on Sunday, June 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Main Photo: 615 518 MOBERLY Road in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "Newport Quay" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2178984
    $1,098,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2178984
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,201 sq. ft.
    Do not miss the unique opportunity to own this completely renovated spacious 2 bedr/2 baths with over 1,201 sq.ft. condo in a rarely available and well managed "Newport Quay" building. Renovation highlights: Belgium eco friendly floors through out, Caesar stone quartz countertops in kitchen & baths and kitchen back splash, custom kitchen cabinetry, brand name stainless steel appliances, Kohler sinks, Roberto Cavalli luxury Tiles in bathrooms, Hansgrohe faucets, blackout window shades, custom closets, band new plumbing and electrical. Outstanding location - near the waterfront, seawall, Olympic Village, Granville Island shops and restaurants, skytrain, SeaBus. Rentals allowed, sorry no pets. Open house Tues. 10-12, Sun/Sat 2-4 pm. More details
    Macdonald Realty
  • 306 77 WALTER HARDWICK Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "KAYAK" (Vancouver West) : MLS(r) # R2179505

    Main Photo: 306 77 WALTER HARDWICK Avenue in Vancouver: False Creek Condo for sale in "KAYAK" (Vancouver West)  : MLS(r) # R2179505
    $822,000
    Residential Attached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2179505
    Bedrooms:
    1
    Bathrooms:
    1
    Floor Area:
    873 sq. ft.
    The Heart of Olympic Village just in time for summer! This BRIGHT & SPACIOUS (873sf!!) 1 BED & Den (den can be easily converted into 2nd bedroom) is the definition of luxury, w/ air conditioning, over-height smooth finished ceilings, wool carpeting, floor-to-ceiling windows, and engineered hardwood floors. Open chef’s kitchen feat. Eggersman cabinetry that integrates Sub-Zero & Meile appliances across from an oversized granite island. The spa-like bathroom feat. dual sinks and large soaker tub. Right outside your door is the Creekside Community Centre, the Seawall, False Creek, Skytrain, Hinge Park & Olympic Plaza, as well as patios at Tap & Barrel/Craft, Urban Fare/London Drugs. Fantastic amenities incl the Gold Medal Club w/ indoor pool, gym, hot tub & steam room. Open Sat June 24 2-4 PM More details
    Century 21 In Town Realty
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