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False Creek Ferries

I love the ferries that operate on False Creek in the heart of Vancouver. Looking down on False Creek from one of the 3 bridges that connect Downtown Vancouver to Vancouver West they dart about the inlet like water boatmen skating on a pond. False Creek not only attracts the tourists and day-trippers that come to town for an amusing diversion on the water but it also is much loved by the local residents of this fabulous and unique city. False Creek is surrounded by some of the city's most enticing attractions.

I love the ferries that operate on False Creek in the heart of Vancouver. Looking down on False Creek from one of the 3 bridges that connect Downtown Vancouver to Vancouver West they dart about the inlet like water boatmen skating on a pond. False Creek not only attracts the tourists and day-trippers that come to town for an amusing diversion on the water but it also is much loved by the local residents of this fabulous and unique city. False Creek is surrounded by some of the city’s most enticing attractions.

To the south, tucked under Granville Bridge lies Granville Island, a lively historical location, with its bustling public markets, offering all kinds of fruits, vegetables, fine delicacies from around the world, and a plethora of unique craft shops and art galleries. To the north lies the modern development of Yale town with skyscrapers galore but at the heart of which lies some of the cities most tempting restaurants and quirky boutiques nestling in quaint old warehouses. A little further east along the north shores of False Creek are the cities popular sporting venues: GM Place, home to the Vancouver Canucks professional ice hockey team and BC Place where the BC Lions display their skills on the football turf.

At the furthest most easterly point of the inlet lies what appears to be a giant sparkling golf ball otherwise known as the Science Museum. Following the shoreline of False Creek winds the Seawall along which walkers, bikers and roller-bladers can enjoy the views and sites that False Creek has to offer but by far the most fun way to discover this little metropolis is by one of the Creek’s ferry operations. You can hop on and off at various locations around the Creek: Granville Island, Hornby street, David Lam Park, Stamps Landing, Spyglass Park, Yale Town, Plaza of Nations/Edgewater Casino, Science World, Aquatic Centre, Maritime Museum or take it all in on a mini cruise on one of the Antique ferries. For those more active folk that enjoy exercising their limbs, a circular trip of ca. 11km, on bike can be accomplished by boarding the Cyquabus ferry, bike and all, from the Hornby Street stop on the north side to Granville Island on the southerly banks of the Creek.

The links to the 2 ferry companies that operate around the creek are: the Aquabus http://www.theaquabus.com/ and the False Creek Ferries http://www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca/ . Both companies offer slightly different stopping points but the fare for like trips are the same and vary from $2.50 to $5.00 depending on the length of the trip. Day, monthly and yearly passes are also offered by both companies and all tickets can be purchased aboard the ferry. Just pick up a schedule and map of the Creek at the any of the ferries stopping points and plan a wonderful day on the water and keep a lookout for the local wildlife when making your journey – seagulls and cormorants abound, but harbor seals are also known to pop their heads out of the water and take in the wonders of False Creek!

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