Last week I took to the waters to explore False Creek from the cockpit of my kayak. As I paddled along I couldn’t help but notice the level of activity on the seawall as cyclists of all shapes and sizes pedalled their way along this protected, dedicated bike path. I thought it would be interesting to return to the area, retrace the route on my bicycle and check out the views from a cyclist’s lens.
Without question, if you are short on time this section of seawall is a must do! Within just a few kilometres and a few spins of the wheel, cyclists have the opportunity to hop on and hop off to explore Granville Island, Olympic Village, Science World, and David Lam Park not to mention a myriad of restaurants and shops along the way. No matter how many times I cycle the route there is always something new to see and do.
Over the years, False Creek has undergone dramatic changes. Once an industrial hub, complete with sawmills, shipbuilding and rail yards, the area has evolved into a model for urban renewal and city living. Cycling past art installations, playgrounds and off leash dog parks, it is difficult to imagine the industrial lands that once dominated this landscape. Maybe the Sole Food Street Farm is the exclamation point on the evolution of False Creek. This urban agriculture project, covers two acres of land close to BC Place Stadium. Imagine, an urban farm project that transforms vacant, once contaminated land into a thriving urban farm, while also engaging and empowering Vancouver’s citizens.
As I navigated my way along the route I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride. This is Vancouver at it’s best! As I pedalled, I observed those around me. It occurred to me that the pathway, while showcasing many of Vancouver’s best tourist attractions, also brought people of all cultures and walks of life together, sharing a uniquely Vancouver experience. Weaving my way through the throngs of cyclists, I became acutely aware of the beauty of this incredible cycling route. I believe this street art installation captures my sentiments exactly:
Map and Route Tips:
Vancouver has an extensive and impressive cycling network. Seaside Greenway is one of my favourite routes. It is flat, well maintained and ideal for people of all ages and abilities and the views are second to none! Intersecting pathways provide easy access to both transit and aqua buses.