The False Creek North Walk is 2.4 km, and approximately 3,202 steps. It covers nearly the entire stretch of the north side of the inlet. Traveling along the seawall, the route passes beneath all three bridges and through several of downtown Vancouver’s carefully developed waterfront communities.
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The north side of False Creek, once home to Expo 86, is divided into several neighbourhoods with each precinct centered on a bay and separated by a public park. The areas have been designed by different teams and constructed with unique materials to provide a distinct feeling.
As you walk along the route notice the changes in colour and design. The starting point for the walk beneath the Cambie Street Bridge at Cooper's Park is within the Quayside neighbourhood. This area is mainly white and very striking. Travel west along the seawall to Marinaside Crescent you will find the pathway is paved with brick, divided for walkers and cyclists, and lit by oversized lampposts.
The walkway is at a lower level than, or entirely away from the street and offers seclusion from vehicle traffic. The small bays along this walk have marinas with many moored yachts, and ferry docks which have small pedestrian ferries shuttling commuters to and from various points along False Creek.
This route is made up of paved walking and cycling paths with only a small incline.
For those with limited mobility an alternate path is available to bypass a set of stairs under the Burrard Street Bridge. Follow the route markers along the seawall to bypass these stairs.
Points of interest
Time Top - Jerry Pethick
Time Top is a piece about time travelling. The artist has created what looks like a 1940s-style space ship. The piece was submerged for two years so that the surface would become encrusted with sea life. The sculpture was given a low-level electrical charge to attract crustaceans to its surface. Its position on the shoreline encourages the idea that it has washed up from the depths.
Engine No. 374 is the Steam Line Historic Walking Route’s southern signature. The engine is a lasting symbol of the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway and is a designated heritage monument. It is on display at the 374 Pavilion; attached to the Roundhouse Community Centre.
David Lam Park
This park was named in 1995 for British Columbia Lt. Governor David Lam. It was the site of Live City Yaletown during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and is a vast green space 4.34 hectares in size. David Lam Park offers several facilities including: basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields, playgrounds, and washrooms. It is a great place to fly a kite, toss a Frisbee, or rest in the sunshine. The park is sheltered by beautiful plantings and home to several intriguing sculptures.
George Wainborn Park
Artist: Doug Taylor
“Khenko” the Coast Salish word for “heron” is a 40 foot tall wire sculpture. It was create to celebrate the return of this species of bird to the formerly industrialised creek.