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False Creek's Habitat Island reopens after 3-month closure

Kenneth Chan Jul 16, 2018 2:42 pm 1,390

Habitat Island in False Creek, just northwest of Olympic Village, has reopened following a lengthy three-month-long closure.

The entrance into the island was fenced off since early-April due to safety concerns from the rapid decay of one of the tall log poles on the island. The extent of the decay put the pole at risk of falling and possibly injuring someone.

However, the Vancouver Park Board was unable to remove the decaying pole quickly as a Northern Flicker bird was nesting inside it.

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Habitat Island in False Creek. (Vancouver Park Board / Twitter)

The artificial island is located in Southeast False Creek, and is connected to the mainland by a gravel land bridge during low tide and a rock pathway at high tide.

It was built in time for the 2010 Olympics as an urban sanctuary where birds can nest but quickly developed a reputation as the ideal place to drink beer during the warmer months.

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With files from Kurtis Gregory

Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]

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