Taking a ride on a blue and white False Creek Ferry is the best way to travel around False Creek, and a great way to learn about downtown Vancouver’s history. Not just for tourists, the ferries are also a mode of transportation for locals that work, live and play in False Creek; it was how I got from the SkyTrain to Granville Island when I worked at or visited the Arts Club Theatre.
Both the ferry drivers and the local passengers are usually very friendly and full of knowledge about the area. If you’re lost or curious, don’t hesitate to ask questions!
False Creek Ferries stops at attractions like Science World, Granville Island and the Maritime Museum, as well as near the Main Street SkyTrain station and near delicious places to eat. And during the annual Celebration of Lights, the ferries do a boat ballet before the fireworks!
The fares vary depending on the route, but I suggest getting a day pass and using the ferries to explore all the local shops, restaurants and attractions. It’s the best way to get acquainted with False Creek and downtown, and you get to relax in a boat while you are at it!
The ferries run every day all year round, unless there is fog on the creek. And if you run out of energy while exploring False Creek by foot, the ferries are a convenient way of giving your feet a rest and getting you to where you want to go.