June 1982: Festival ’82

Introduction to The Creek newspaper

by Beryl Wilson, Former Editor

The 223 issues of The Creek newspaper archived here were published over 20 years  (June 1982 – July 2002)  first with four pages bi-monthly, soon growing to eight pages monthly.

The paper actually originated soon after the first residents moved into False Creek South in 1976.   Edited by Elizabeth Wright of False Creek Coop and published intermittently until 1979, its demise was greatly mourned by a loyal following of local residents,

Joining that loyal following after moving into False Creek in 1978 and after also mourning the paper’s demise for two years, in 1982 I decided to revive The Creek. Probably due to my complete lack of any previous journalism experience, the paper reflected my personality to such a degree that people often referred to The Creek simply as ‘Beryl’s paper.

Someone once wrote “Your quirky little paper manages to instil a friendliness into our neighbourhood and has almost created a small town atmosphere in the middle of this big, anonymous city.”

For longtime residents, dipping into these archived issues will be an entertaining trip down memory lane.       For others who are curious, a good introduction to what The Creek paper was about can be found in the three-page 20 Year Retrospective in the penultimate issue, June 2002.     A glance at the front pages will show it was always a very parochial little paper, devoted to covering the activities, celebrations, and periodic serious issues of the neighbourhood, including Granville Island.

Its pages were always open to anyone who wanted to contribute.    Many residents wrote articles and columns on topics dear to their hearts, some of them for many years.

The False Creek South Neigbourhood Association contributed toward the printing costs for the 20 years and covered the cost of digitizing all The Creek issues.

It should be noted that The Creek did continue for about four years after 2002 under the editorship of Amita Daniels. Neither copies of Elizabeth Wright’s earlier issues nor of Amita Daniel’s later version were available for inclusion in this archive


September 1982: New Principal Will Challenge You

October 1982: Hallowe’en Tidings

December 1982: What To Do – With Lot 82?


February 1983: The Corner – The Congestion – The Controversy

April 1983: Family Fitnic

June 1983: July 1st Moves Down The Creek

August 1983: Street Smart Kid / Round the Square

October 1983: The Other Side

November 1983: We Are Celebrating

December 1983: Christmas Edition


January 1984: We’re Not Up The Creek Without A Bus

February 1984: Hard Hat Conducts Symphony

March 1984: Not Quite Victory At Sea – Yet

April 1984: Do You Know This Man?

May 1984: Pendelakon ’84

June 1984: Join Us In False Creek

July 1984: False Creek 1st Annual Tennis Tourney

August 1984: No Littering, No Loitering

October 1984: Traffic Committee Disbands

November 1984: Festive Treasures

December 1984: Attention Singers and Sailors


January 1985: Ethiopia

February 1985: Parking Plebiscite

March 1985: It’s All On Our Doorstep

April 1985: Don’t let the Creek go to the Dogs

May 1985: 2nd Annual False Creek Pendelakon

June 1985: It’s July 1st Again!

July 1985: Canada Day a Winner!

August 1985: McBarge Banished

September 1985: What a Summer!

October 1985: Pumpkin Carving Brings Out Pros!

November 1985: This Is NOT The Christmas Edition!

December 1985: Annual False Creek Caroling Cruise and Community Sing


January 1986: A Sculpture Destined to Sink Like a Stone