False Creek



Located in the heart of the city of Vancouver, False Creek can be said to be an inlet that is short; it is sandwiched between downtown and other parts of the city. From 1856 to 1863, a Hydrographic survey was conducted by George Henry Richards who named this neighborhood. To the western side of False Creek is Burrard Street Bridge and Science World is to the east. Cambie bridge and Granville Street span this neighborhood with the Canadian tunnel line crossing beneath. In addition to the Burrard Inlet, the English Bay and the Fraser River, False Creek is also a water body that surrounds the city of Vancouver.

Historical Information

In order to come up with new land for terminals and yards, the Canadian Pacific and Great Northern Railways filled False Creek to the east after World War 1 broke out. Plans to drain and fill the inlet all the way to the Granville Street in the 1950s did not materialize. During this time, it was this neighborhood that was the industrial heart of the city of Vancouver. The Canadian Railway western terminus and activities in small ports and sawmills were all featured in False Creek. Urban renewals, freeway debates and the involvement of citizens in urban planning are factors that led to the rise and development of the South False Creek.


The only public school accessible from False Creek is the Lord Strathcona Elementary School and the closest secondary school to this neighborhood is the Templeton High School. Although Elsie Roy Elementary School is close-by, it mainly serves another neighborhood, Yaletown, that is nearby.


False Creek has an approximate adult population of 6,977. With a diverse multi-cultural population, this neighborhood features different demographics. In addition to Canadian natives, this neighborhood is home to several experts who have lived in this area for several years and new inhabitants who have been streaming the Vancouver to occupy its new homes. Every community in this area such as the International Village, the Waterfront as well as Chinatown has distinct demographics; their annual average income, level of education and size of household differs.