Ignite your dream & get out and experience 2010!

Post by Mike Klassen in


The "Ignite the Dream" show lasts about 12 minutes, and it's an absolute must-see

Everyday we get contacted by folks – some local, some from the States – wondering how to partake in the incredible spirit of the 2010 Games here in Vancouver. Understandably, many are concerned about long line-ups at the free venues. Seniors also want to enjoy the fun, but standing for hours is not possible. My simple advice is this: get here, then get out and walk around. You won't regret it.

Take transit – it's fast and efficient. Canada Line's Vancouver City Centre station gets out a block from Robson Square, and Skytrain's Granville station is about 2 blocks away. Walk the many streets like Granville & Robson near the stations that are closed to traffic. Even CTV Olympics commentator Brian Williams remarked yesterday that he's never seen any Olympic city embrace the excitement of the Games like Vancouver has – largely because of the free activities.

Find a restaurant with a big screen TV, have a bite and a beverage, and walk around some more. You'll never see so much pride and so many smiles in one place. Shop at The Bay, where you can get the best selection of Team Canada & 2010 gear, or even Team USA and Team Russia swag. Alternatively, you can shop at Sears for other Vancouver 2010 selections, and avoid the line-ups.

If you can stay late, stick around to see Ignite the Dream, the fantastic fireworks and light show that runs every night at 9:30pm and 11pm during the Games at Robson Square beside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Watch it on the small screen above. Take transit home afterward – buses, Skytrain & Canada Line are running frequently, and the queues move fast.

Enjoy the Games now, folks, as it will be gone soon and an occasion like this will not come back for a long, long time. Plus, you'll get to see Vancouver at its very best.


thanks mike...that was great! I'll have to get out to see if for myself. totally appreciate the preview to show me what i'm missing :)

While enjoying the "Olympic Experience" downtown yesterday, my friend and I decided to stop for a drink at the Library Square Pub at Georgia and Homer. We each had one drink and shared a plate of yam fries and were presented with our "Olympic" sized bill which was just shy of $36!!! They add 20% gratuity automatically. Needless to say, won't be going there again during the Olympics and may not even go back after (though I used to love this pub). Between the lining up to get into pavillions that are useless and the gouging of fans with food, drink and tickets, this once enthusiastic Olympic fan is finding the bloom is quickly fading from the rose....

Great experience...not to be missed for sure!
Day or night...just soaking up the atmosphere, street entertainment, people, music.....and hey...$4.00 hotdogs(eh!) are yummy and lots of free coffee/vitamin water....and kudos to vanoc for listening and changing the torch venue viewing and BIG TY! to them for all their hard work...and CityCaucus...great site TY!!!...going out to enjoy...again!

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