If you're staying more than a day in Vancouver and the weather isn't bad then I'd strongly recommend renting a bicycle and touring around False Creek. There's a wonderful seawall around most of the Creek which provides you with an ever changing variety of postcard quality vistas.
There are many stores in the city from whom you can rent a bicycle but the highest concentration of them is near the intersection of Robson & Denman downtown. For a quick list click here.
Just be careful when riding on the streets as I'm quite convinced that most Vancouver drivers are quite incompetent. And keep off the sidewalks - not only is it illegal but you'll be annoying me and other Vancouver pedestrians!
The Granville Street Bridge spans False Creek. The bridge follows Granville Street across False Creek over Granville Island. If you wish to visit Granville Island make sure you look at the signs so you know where to turn to reach Granville Island.
False Creek is that waterfront area that starts at the eastern end of English Bay just at the Burrard and Granville bridges and continues eastward almost cutting off downtown as it turns north and ends up within 1 kilometer of Burrard Inlet on the east side of the downtown core. It contains the Vancouver live entertainment, shopping and art mecca of Granville Island, definitely a must see. It is surrounded on all sides by housing of all types with many berths for pleasure boats at marinas and public moorings. Much of the shoreline has a public promenade, a favorite of residents just like the Stanley Park Seawall and the Coal Harbour walks.
False Creek is a finger of water jutting in from the sea through English Bay and forms the southern and eastern border of downtown Vancouver. Bridges at Burrard, Granville and Cambie cross False Creek. The bridges are eminently walkable and provide excellent platforms for taking pictures of the Vancouver skyline and environs. A seawall walkway circumnavigates the entire False Creek waterway and is frequented by walkers, joggers, cyclists and skaters alike.
The promenade extends several kilometres along the creek. You will pass a residential zone, a marina, the Granville Island and Vanier Park as well along this walk. Highly recommanded if you have longer stay in Vancouver.
Rainbow coloured ferries provide continuous passenger shuttle service across False Creek between docks at Hornby Street (south foot), Granville Island (beside Art's Club Theatre), Drake Street south in Yaletown, Science World, and Stamp's Landing. Sightseeing mini-tours.
False Creek is situated on the edge of downtown Vancouver. The south side is more laid back and it's been around longer than the north side (Yaletown) which is fairly new and trendier. You can see all the newer highrise condos on the north side..
False Creek is on the south shore of Downtown Vancouver with fantastically expensive appartment blocks overlooking the water. There are colourful tiny ferry boats which can take only about 8 people at a time across to Granville Island.
Very nice walk along the waterfront, called, in this part, False Creek. In the background, Science World.
It is one of the largest marina in Vancouver. Along the shore of False Creek, you can find lots of places worth to visit:
1. False Creek Promenade
2. Granville Island
3. Vanier Park
4. English Bay
A nice place just to wander on a nice day or jump on one of the ferries that drop off at various points. We cycled through on our way to Stanley Park.
The bridge view from False Creek promenade. You'll enjoy a nice view of False Creek if you walk on the bridge.
Downtown Vancouver and the north shore mountains are an amazing backdrop to view Vancouver's molson indy car race.