True or False Creek Walking Game-3.7km

Welcome to True or False Creek game focusing on promoting an understanding of sustainability. Follow the blue signs to Science World or False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf.

There are 6 questions in total: Be a sustainability detective; try to find them all!

Concept and design by Alexa Bailey. Thanks to the participating community groups who provided questions and answers, and support. Thanks also to organizations who act as stations for the Walk, posting our signage.

False Creek can boast of having only one small fire in the last 70 years


PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: City of Vancouver Archives





It was no small fire. In 1960, a BC Forest Products plant and lumber storage facility on the south side of False Creek caught fire. It was Vancouver’s first-ever “five-alarm blaze”. It effectively destroyed a 4-block area of the then industrial area. Three hundred-fifty fire fighters, over half of the city’s force was involved, leaving skeleton crews at several firehalls. More than 20,000 residents gathered to see. (VANCOUVER SUN JULY 3, 2013- This Day in History.)

Take Time to – Watch for What’s on the Water…

Fire boats were used back in 1960 and before then. Do you see any among the sailboats, ferries, and other kinds of boats?

Have you seen this one or something like it?

PHOTO CREDIT: M. Butschler

On the north side of False Creek by David Lam Park there are pumps for the earthquake-resistant pipelines feeding the city’s big blue hydrants. Periodic maintenance checks are performed, pumping sea water through nozzles at the shoreline as seen in this old photo.


PHOTO CREDIT: M. Butschler (Jazz festival in the forefront, sea water plumes in the background June 2008)

Clue for Next Question:

Going West

You’ll find the next QR Code Wharf-side  (as in False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf). Look for the gangway down to the dock with the bulletin board! Hint : Official sign includes fish sales afloat

Going East

Find the next question by the marina.