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False Creek is one of Vancouver’s most beautiful waterfront neighbourhoods. Defined by the False Creek waterway to the north, West 6th Av and West 4th Av to the north, Ontario St to the east, and Burrard St to the west. False Creek is home to some of Vancouver’s most well-known spots including Granville Island, the Olympic Village, Seaforth Armoury, Molson Breweries and Fishermen's Wharf.
Fishermen's  Wharf is a fantastic place to visit any time of the year and offers public fish for sale and perhaps the City's best fish and chips.


Outdoors and Activities:
False Creek is certainly one of Metro Vancouver’s premier destinations for outdoor activities. With the Seawall, a scenic 22 km path that lines Vancouver’s waterfront, bordering the entire northern edge, False Creek is the perfect place for a walk, cycle or jog. On the waters of False Creek one can find courses and races in dragon boating, kayaking, outrigger boats, surfski and marathon canoe. The annual Dragon Boat Festival is one of the premier Dragon Boat Festivals and attracts teams from all over the globe.

There is the False Creek Community Centre on Granville Island, and Creekside Community Centre at the Olympic Village, offering a full size basketball court, gym, aerobics studio, fitness centre, arts and crafts rooms, a games room and over 6000 square feet of retail and commercial space and meeting rooms. The facility also offers a daycare with outdoor play area.


Some of the City’s premier art galleries and best live venues call Granville Island home, including of the Arts Club Theatre and Backstage Lounge, Performance Works, and the Arts Umbrella offers courses in dance, art, gym, performance and music for children of all ages.



Schools:
  • Elementary
    • False Creek Elementary School
    • Henry Hudson Elementary 
    • Tennyson Elementary. (There are plans for the construction of a new elementary school on the site of the Olympic Village.) 
  • Secondary
    • Kitsilano Secondary School, which is Situated just outside the official boundaries of False Creek. offers some of the finest day – and night – classes.
    • If your interest lies more in the Private
      • Madrona School,
      • St. John’s International School 
      • St. Augustine’s (these are all within a short drive.)
And of course there is the acclaimed Emily Carr Institute on Granville Island, offering superior education to the artists from around the world.


Housing:

There are very few, if any, single-family detached dwellings in False Creek. The majority of housing options are multi-level or townhouse style of condos. There is also an an eclectic mix of retail, commercial and rental housing, The area caters mostly to baby boomers, young families, and young urban professionals or those looking for the waterfront lifestyle but not too far from the action of the downtown core. There is plenty of Leasehold housing in the area, so be sure to do your homework if you are considering purchasing one of these properties.
                                                                                                           

Shopping and Restaurants:

Shopping in False Creek is unparalled with the world famous Granville Island as its center piece. Owned and operated by the federal government, Granville Island is a mixture of art studios, design studios, performance studios, restaurants, lounges, a small hotel, and of course the one and only Granville Island Public Market. Granville Island is a creative mecca and exudes individuality, while embracing the beauty of its natural surroundings. There are no retail chains, big box stores, or large corporate franchises on the Island. 

False Creek is also home to “The Armoury” district, the new home to design houses, interior design stores, lighting and designer furniture shops, French bakeries, one of the finest cheese shops in town, and home to numerous luxury automobile dealerships, with such names Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Audi, and more seemingly on everywhere. If you love cars, you can spend hours window shopping  “The Armoury” district. 

Transportation:
False Creek is well serviced by Coast Mountain Bus Company plus the newly opened Canada Line, which connects downtown to the rest of Metro Vancouver, with stations at the Olympic Village and the central hub at Cambie and Broadway. 

Granville Island can be reached by bus, bike, or foot over the Granville St Bridge, which offers unparalleled views of the city, water, and mountains. One can easily drive to the Island; however beware, parking on the Island is not so easy, especially on the weekends and holidays. There are small ferries that shuttle both visitor and resident from across the water from multiple different pick-up points. This is a great way to get a different vantage point of the city.  



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