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.