False Creek in 1975

History of 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.

Historical timeline of the area

  • Pre 1850

    Fraser Valley home to about 20 First Nation bands who made up the Sto:Lo Nation, or "People of the river"

  • 1886

    Vancouver incorporated

  • 1887

    The first CPR transcontinental passenger train reaches Vancouver

  • 1890-1920

    Chinese immigrants settled in Shanghai and Canton alleys

  • 1890

    Shanghai Alley home to more than 1,000 Chinese residents

  • 1915

    Original Georgia Viaduct complete

  • 1920

    False Creek is an industrial hub, ringed with sawmills, beehive burners, and brick stacks

  • 1965

    Georgia Viaduct replacement approved

    Freeway fight: A six-lane freeway proposed to go through Vancouver

  • 1967

    Hogan's Alley (home to many immigrant communities) levelled to construct a freeway

  • 1968

    Freeway fight: Council cancels plan for freeway

  • 1972

    Construction of new Georgia Viaduct

  • 1983

    BC Place opens

  • 1985

    Science World opens

  • 1986

    Plaza of Nations opens

    Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens opens

    SkyTrain opens with Stadium Station located by Rogers Arena

    Expo 86

  • 1990

    Gay Games III "Celebration 90"

  • 1990-1994

    Molson Indy

  • 1993

    Andy Livingstone Park opens

  • 1994

    Rogers Arena opens

  • 1999

    International Village opens

  • 2004

    Downtown Skateboard Plaza opens

  • 2008

    International Village neighbourhood complete

  • 2010

    2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics

  • 2013

    Walk for Reconciliation

  • 2015

    FIFA Women's World Cup

  • 2016

    Rugby Sevens