Many Ways To Get Out On The Water On False Creek In Vancouver
We found many ways to get out on the water on False Creek in Vancouver. The False Creek Basin is a short narrow inlet on the waters around Vancouver. Walking and biking paths ran along the shore. Two different ferries provided a quick way to move to points on both sides of False Creek. And if you wanted to get on the water, we saw many fun options.
On this visit to Vancouver, we rented a motor boat and explored the coastal areas around Vancouver on our own. This was a fun way to get a different perspective on this great water city. And gave us stunning views along the way. Such a good way to explore around Vancouver on our luxury stay at the JW Marriott Parq Hotel.
A Family Stop In Port Moody
Our first stop in British Columbia gave us an outdoor experience in Revelstoke. From there we headed towards the coast for a 5 night AirBnb stop in Port Moody outside of Vancouver. We booked a house with outdoor space and a kitchen for a family visit. We had not seen two of our three children in almost 2 years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was wonderful to spend time with our son Nick. He even cooked a delicious multi-course meal for us! And we were in town for his double-header softball game!
The AirBnb was located right on the Main Street in Port Moody. So we found it easy to wander into town for coffee. Or down to the river to stroll along the Shoreline Park.
After almost 2 weeks on our road trip from Toronto to Vancouver, it was a relaxing break.
Moving Into Luxury Accommodations On False Creek
We loved to mix up our accommodations on our road trips. The AirBnb was great for our family visit. But we needed a little pampering for our next stop. The JW Marriott Parq fit the bill perfectly. The hotel was located right beside BC Place. Many of the rooms looked out over the BC Place dome.
At our check-in, we were reminded how customer service really sets some brands apart. We booked a nice room but asked about a suite upgrade for our loyalty status. There were no suites available for the entirety of our 5 day stay. But Kittie did not give up. She found a suite for part of our stay and we were happy to move rooms.
When the front desk called first thing the next day, we were delighted when we learned that they were able to keep us in the suite for our entire stay. With a great 270° view, we enjoyed every minute in the suite.
Enjoying All The Hotel Had To Offer
We sure enjoyed the extra room that the suite at the JW Marriott Parq offered for this longer stay. And even though there were football games in BC Place next door during our stay, the rooftop deck and hot tub were never crowded.
With multiple restaurant options, the JW Marriott Parq made dining decisions hard. Free breakfast in-suite was provided for Elite members each day. We even had breakfast one morning for a change in the lovely Honey Salt Restaurant.
One night we had a lovely full dinner in the hotel at The Victor. A couple of times we opted for take out from the BC Kitchen. If we wanted a change, there were tons of restaurants in the Yaletown area.
We enjoyed our luxury accommodations at the JW Marriott Parq on the water on False Creek in Vancouver. A perfect spot to enjoy in the fall.
Ferries Around False Creek
One year we lived with a view of False Creek for the fall. We never tired of the view from our window over the Telus Science Centre and BC Place – day or night. A very different view from this hotel stay right beside BC Place.
It was a long walk or bike ride around the False Creek Basin. But we found a much easier option. There were two different ferry lines that moved between multiple stops on both sides of False Creek. They even had ferries specifically designed to carry bikes.
Some of the ferries had dedicated routes to just cross the channel. Some of the ferries stopped at a limited number of stops. And some ferries went to all stops. The fares were based on the stops you went to by ferry. A full day pass provided hop-on-hop-off capabilities.
We found the ferry service was a great way to get on the water on False Creek in Vancouver.
Fun Activities On The Water On False Creek In Vancouver
There were a lot of fun water activities available on False Creek. Marinas were located all along the waterway. Several different spots around the False Creek Basin offered canoes and stand up paddle boards (SUPs). There was a large dragon boat club at the base of False Creek by the Telus Science Centre. We just missed a big dragon boat race on this visit.
We even saw the house boats on Granville Island on False Creek. A very different way to have a water view all the time.
As we moved around False Creek, we saw an interesting array of ways to enjoy the water. Lots of fun for everyone.
Renting A Boat On False Creek
We loved when we got a chance to rent a boat and actually head out on the water by ourselves. Our boat rental on the Amalfi Coast provided lovely views of the coastal towns. And on a boat rental on Navajo Canyon outside of Page Arizona we explored the canyons and interesting rocks. And had a bit of fun opening up the engine on the open waters.
So on this visit to Vancouver, we rented a boat and explored the coast around Vancouver. We booked our boat rental with Granville Island Boat Rentals. There were several different sizes of boats available. We ultimately decided on the 18’ bowrider speedboat. We figured it would be more comfortable and faster than the 17’ boat available.
There was a minimum rental of 2 hours and there were two different routes suggested. One route went around Stanley Park and then up Indian Arm for a view of Deep Cover and Granite Waterfalls. The other route went north along the coast towards Howe Sound for a view of birds and seals at Pam Rocks.
At first we considered a boat rental over sunset. But ultimately we chose a 3 hour rental that started at 2pm. The weather in Vancouver seemed to deteriorate over the day and we wanted good daylight for photos. But with only 3 hours, we only had enough time to take the boat towards Howe Sound.
We arrived early as required and did our paperwork and watched a safety video. As an ex-Navy officer, David had lots of boat driving experience. And I had quite a bit of boating experience too. We were really not sure how true amateurs would drive and navigate with just the safety briefing and input provided at the shop.
Heading Out Of False Creek
We checked out our boat and got settled in. The inner harbour was wake restricted so we slowly made our way out of the False Creek Basin and under the Burrard Street Bridge.
When we passed the final buoy, we turned north and went past Stanley Park. The fall colours had just started to turn. We stayed well offshore and away from the rocks.
Our first check point was the Point Atkinson Lighthouse. On our recent road trip around New Brunswick, we saw so many lighthouses from the shore. So it was fun when we saw this lighthouse from the water. We navigated past the rocks and continued up the shore.
As we approached the harbour at Horseshoe Bay, we got a view of the big houses perched on the cliff. We checked out real estate on this visit to British Columbia. But probably not at this price point! As we passed by Horseshoe Bay we watched out for the frequent ferries that crossed to Bowen Island. We knew the larger ferry to Vancouver Island also crossed at this point. And the Langdale Ferry we took on our visit to the Sunshine Coast.
It was fun to get out on the water on False Creek and see the coast around Vancouver.
Heading Up To Howe Sound
We continued up along the shore towards Howe Sound. We got great views ahead to the mountains still shrouded in mist. Up on the cliff sides we caught sight of the Sea To Sky Highway we took a few days later on our visit to Whistler.
We finally caught sight of the small set of Pam Rocks. This was our target for this boat trip. We slowed the boat down and prepared to circle slowly and away from the rocks. Once when we drifted a little too close the boat alarm sounded.
At first we thought that the seals were all out in the water. But slowly the forms of the seals as they lazed on the rocks came into view. We loved when we saw this view on other travels along the west coast of California.
On the other island, we saw birds perched on the rocks. It reminded us of our visit to Gull Island in Newfoundland.
We drifted along and enjoyed the view of the animal life and the stunning mountain vistas. But it was time to head back.
Back Into False Creek
Our boat ride back was a bit faster. We knew the landmarks for our turns. When we approached Point Atkinson Lighthouse, we caught a view of the skyline of Vancouver. And far in the distance the snow covered Mt Baker. We chased those Mt Baker views one day when we travelled around the Fraser Valley.
When we saw the large tankers anchored in the bay, we knew we were close to the mouth of the False Creek Basin. We turned in and slowed down as we passed the buoys. We followed in a line of sailboats headed back for the day.
At the dock for the Granville Island Boat Rentals, we were helped to dock. The prop was checked and they confirmed no new damage and thus no new costs. The boat was topped up with the half tank of gas we used for our boat ride up the coast.
We had such a fun afternoon on the water on False Creek. It was great to drive our own boat and move at our pace. There was lots to discover from the water on False Creek.
Have Fun On The Water On False Creek In Vancouver
We enjoyed our luxury stay at the JW Marriott Parq. It was located close to the False Creek Basin and much water fun.
We enjoyed our time on the water on False Creek in Vancouver. The ferries took us from stop to stop. And passed by those down on the water having fun.
Our boat rental was a great way to head off on our own. We headed north along the coast to the Howe Sound area. And saw great sights along the way.
Have you had fun on the water on False Creek in Vancouver? Did you rent a boat and explore?
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