Before the European settlers this area must have been a haven of wildlife. It was once a vital source for Native peoples’ food supplies such as sea asparagus, berries, camas, oysters, clams, wild cabbage, and mushrooms. But thanks to the new settlers False Creek became polluted with sewage and toxic effluent from sawmills and other industries. As a result, one nickname for False Creek was “Shit Creek”.
The False Creek area was the industrial heartland of Vancouver through to the 1950s, but that now seems to have been replaced by mainly residential housing. I took this photo from Granville Bridge, Granville Island with its fabulous public market is on the left of the photo.