False Creek is a short inlet in the heart of Vancouver. It was named by Captain George Vancouver . False Creek lies between downtown Vancouver, British Columbia and the rest of the city. The western end is the Burrard Street Bridge. The eastern end is at Science World.
False Creek was the industrial heartland of Vancouver through to the 1950s. It was home to many sawmills, small port operations and the western terminus of the major Canadian railways.
Early in the 20th century the eastern most part of False Creek which formerly ran to Clark street, was filled in to create new industrial lands at the end of the Grandview Cut . There were later plans to fill in the intlet to Granville street, however these plans were scrapped.
As industry shifted to other areas, the area became rather run down. Starting in the 1970s the area has been rejuvenated. The first changes were at Granville Island and large areas of co-op housing on the south sloops.
False Creek was the heart of Expo 86. Since then most of the north shore has become a new neighbourhood of very dense housing adding upwards to 50 000 new residents to the downtown penusila of Vancouver.
False Creek is home to most major sporting events in Vancouver; GM Place and BC Place, home to the Vancouver Canucks and BC Lions, respectively, are built on its shores. It has also been home to the Vancouver Molson Indy Car Race , however Vancouver will no longer be holding this event at this current site, as the southeast portion of the False Creek area is being renovated for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
It is crossed by the Cambie Street Bridge , Granville Street Bridge and the Burrard Street Bridge