False Creek is a finger of water jutting in from the sea through English Bay and forms the southern and eastern border of downtown Vancouver. Bridges at Burrard, Granville and Cambie cross False Creek. The bridges are eminently walkable and provide excellent platforms for taking pictures of the Vancouver skyline and environs. A seawall walkway circumnavigates the entire False Creek waterway and is frequented by walkers, joggers, cyclists and skaters alike.
Sights on False Creek include the Science World, BC Place stadium, Rogers Arena, Edgewater Casino, Yaletown, Granville Island, the aquatic centre, and many restaurants and bars.
I’d strongly recommend renting a bicycle and touring around False Creek. The seawall can take you as far as Kits Beach and Spanish banks to the North and to the south you can circle Stanley Park.
One of the most popular places in Vancouver by both Tourist and locals it is Located minutes from downtown Vancouver under the Granville Street Bridge. It is not really an Island but a peninsula surrounded by False Creek and the Pacific Ocean.
You could easily spend half a day here. The Island is made up of many warehouse type buildings each housing their own unique set of stores, from local arts and crafts to professional art studio to a Maritime Market. Sift through the aromas of fresh food, the wonderful sounds of buskers and the ambience of people watching at its best. Journey through the bustle of narrow streets, witness art in the making, and discover a unique selection of items you can’t find anywhere else in the city.
Granville Island Market This one of a kind Market has has some of the cities best eats found in the Market itself in the super fresh local only Food Court mixed in with over 75 stalls known for fresh produce tables, bake shops, seafood, beef, poultry stalls, and live entertainment along with a Kid’s Water Park and Kids Only Market.
Granville Island Hotel A Boutique Hotel right on the Island that is very popular
Most of the Hotels in Downtown Vancouver are close enough that you could easily walk down to False Creek and take one of the small passenger ferries that dart back and forth across False Creek.
Granville Island Restaurants
Restaurants on Granville Island all offering tastes and flavours of the Pacific Northwest.
Dockside Restaurant at the Granville island Hotel
The Sandbar Restaurant
Bridges Restaurant and Pub
Keg Steakhouse and Bar
The Backstage Lounge
Granville Island Pub and Brewery
Tony’s Fish & Oyster Cafe,
Edible Canada at the Market
The Vancouver Fish Company
Getting to Granville Island Because of Granville Island’s central location, you can escape the city without having to leave it. It also makes it very easy to get to, whether by boat, by car, by bus, by bicycle or on foot.
By Boat Aquabus
runs from 7am to 10:30pm in the summer (8:30pm in winter).
Inexpensive and fun the rainbow-coloured Aquabus travels around False Creek with stops at the foot of Hornby St., Stamp’s Landing, Yaletown (foot of Davie St.), and Science World. The Aquabus dock on Granville Island is located between the Public Market and the Arts Club Theatre.
False Creek Ferry The False Creek Ferries also travel around the Inlet and stop at the Maritime Museum (west of Granville Island), the Aquatic Centre (under the Burrard St. Bridge, on the downtown side (north) of the Inlet), Stamp’s Landing, and Science World (the easternmost point of False Creek). The False Creek Ferry dock on Granville Island is located near the entrance to Bridges Restaurant.
Getting to Granville Island by Car is easy from your point of origin, travel towards the intersection of West 4th Avenue and Fir Street. Then head north on Fir Street, and take either the first right at West 3rd Avenue (which turns into Anderson St. to the left (north)), or take the second right at West 2nd Ave. and should be able to see the Granville Island sign under the bridge looking northward on Anderson St. Follow Anderson St. onto Granville Island.
Parking on Granville Island is limited. If you can, leave the car at home and get to Granville Island by bus, boat, bicycle or on foot.
Bicycle routes to Granville Island
follow the main car routes, but there’s also a pleasant, scenic bicycle path (shared with pedestrians) that runs east-to-west past the Island along the south shore of False Creek Inlet.
On Foot to Granville Island
Arriving on Granville Island by foot enables you to appreciate the Island from a whole new angle. A comfortable seaside walk follows the False Creek Inlet on both the north and south shores. The south shore walk, which passes right by Granville Island, begins at its easternmost point just under the Cambie Street Bridge, and heads all the way west to some of Vancouver’s most popular beaches.
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