False Creek in 1975

History of Northeast False Creek

Documents and studies

View the policies, strategies, studies, and public feedback that have shaped Northeast False Creek.

Northeast False Creek has a long history as a vibrant, active space used for cultural gatherings and activities. Connected to neighbouring Chinatown, it was part of the Coast Salish Empire and the heart of Vancouver’s black community along Hogan’s Alley.

In 1915, the original Georgia Viaduct was built to bypass the tidal waters, rail lines, and industry lands below. The Georgia Viaduct was replaced and twinned with the Dunsmuir Viaduct in the early 1970s as the first piece of a proposed freeway system that was planned but never built.

Since the 1960s, the area has changed significantly, and the viaducts have become both physical and visual barriers.

Historic timeline of the area

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