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False Creek

Take a ferry ride past the high-rises of downtown Vancouver or cycle along the shoreline of this waterway in the heart of the city. 

False Creek is a scenic inlet that extends several miles into the center of Vancouver. Ride the ferry and see panoramic views of the high-rise buildings in the city center surrounding the inlet. Explore waterfront parks and marinas and enjoy this natural oasis at the city’s core.

Walk along the 6-mile (10-kilometer) path, which forms part of Vancouver’s famous Seawall walking track. Start in the afternoon at Vanier Park on the southern lip of the inlet. Reach Sunset Beach Park in time to see the sun set over the mountains of Vancouver Island. Rent a bike from one of several stores located conveniently close to the path to explore the entire length of the 14-mile (22-kilometer) seawall. 

Many scenic parks are scattered along the shore. Explore Vanier Park to find several interesting sculptures, including a giant metal crab and a reflective blob that seems to defy gravity. Find a spot on the grass at the park site locals call Hinge Park at Southeast False Creek, located on a tiny island.

Board one of the ferries that are constantly passing along the inlet. They shuttle from one side of the creek to the other throughout the day, offering passengers gorgeous views of the Vancouver city center. See the shiny metal dome of Science World and look for BC Place, the city’s central stadium.

The interesting name was given in 1859 by a British explorer, who was disappointed that the inlet did not extend farther inland but ended suddenly in mud flats. Rent a boat or a Jet Ski to explore the waters of False Creek on your own. Equipment is available from outlets located on Granville Island off the south shore.

False Creek is located in downtown Vancouver. With its central location, False Creek is easily accessible by public transportation. If you are driving, leave your car in one of the many parks along False Creek with a parking lot.

Lying on a beach doing not much is all well and good, but there's nothing like opening yourself up to new and exhilarating experiences on your vacation!

Kick-start your trip to False Creek by trying some of these activities:

If you want to check out a complete list of activities, go to our False Creek things to do page.

You won't believe how many activities there are at False Creek. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

For more things to do, take a look at our Vancouver things to do page.


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Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre ¥9,325
Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre

Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre

180 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Rogers Arena and Granville Street are also within 10 minutes. Stadium-Chinatown Station is only a 3-minute walk and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.

    Pan Pacific Vancouver ¥20,745
    Pan Pacific Vancouver

    Pan Pacific Vancouver

    999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located near the slopes, this Coal Harbour hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Canada Place, Granville Street, and Vancouver Convention Centre. Robson Street and Queen Elizabeth Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Waterfront Metro Station and Vancouver Waterfront Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      The Burrard ¥9,294
      The Burrard

      The Burrard

      1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Granville Street. Robson Street and Sunset Beach are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 11 minutes by foot and Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 11 minutes.

        GEC Granville Suites Downtown ¥8,006
        GEC Granville Suites Downtown

        GEC Granville Suites Downtown

        718 Drake St, Vancouver, BC
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Granville Street, Sunset Beach, and St. Paul's Hospital. Robson Street and Orpheum Theater are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 7 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 13 minutes.

          Fairmont Hotel Vancouver ¥19,762
          Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

          Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

          900 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located near the slopes, this Downtown Vancouver hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral, Robson Street, and Granville Street. Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Vancouver City Center Station and Burrard Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre ¥13,272
            Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

            Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

            1088 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Vancouver, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Granville Street. Robson Street and Sunset Beach are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 10 minutes by foot and Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 11 minutes.

              Executive Hotel Vintage Park ¥9,592
              Executive Hotel Vintage Park

              Executive Hotel Vintage Park

              1379 Howe St, Vancouver, BC
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located near the slopes, this Downtown Vancouver hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Granville Street, Sunset Beach, and St. Paul's Hospital. Granville Island Public Market and Orpheum Theater are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 10 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 15 minutes.

                EXchange Hotel Vancouver ¥14,296
                EXchange Hotel Vancouver

                EXchange Hotel Vancouver

                475 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Granville Street, Harbour Centre, and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre are also within 10 minutes. Granville Station and Burrard Station are within a 5-minute walk.