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
Fraser Valley home to about 20 First Nation bands who made up the Sto:Lo Nation, or "People of the river"
The first CPR transcontinental passenger train reaches Vancouver
Chinese immigrants settled in Shanghai and Canton alleys
Shanghai Alley home to more than 1,000 Chinese residents
Original Georgia Viaduct complete
False Creek is an industrial hub, ringed with sawmills, beehive burners, and brick stacks
Georgia Viaduct replacement approved
Freeway fight: A six-lane freeway proposed to go through Vancouver
Hogan's Alley (home to many immigrant communities) levelled to construct a freeway
Freeway fight: Council cancels plan for freeway
Construction of new Georgia Viaduct
BC Place opens
Science World opens
Plaza of Nations opens
Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens opens
SkyTrain opens with Stadium Station located by Rogers Arena
Gay Games III "Celebration 90"
Andy Livingstone Park opens
Rogers Arena opens
International Village opens
Downtown Skateboard Plaza opens
International Village neighbourhood complete
2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics
Walk for Reconciliation
FIFA Women's World Cup