LiveCity Yaletown (foreground) – looking like an Olympic city. Flickr photo: BigBean
For anybody who's been around Vancouver lately, you've probably noticed that Vancouver is looking a lot more like a Host City. There are bright blue tents going up everywhere and thousands of volunteers, athletes and officials walking the streets of Vancouver. A few of the venues are finally starting to open up to the public. Canada's Northern House & GE Plaza take the gold medal for opening up a few weeks ago. A few additional sites are now "activated" with a whole bunch more opening their doors this week.
In addition to the House of Switzerland (just opened Friday) and the Olympic Line streetcar, we're advised the Concord Pacific property on the northeast side of False Creek will be opening on Feb. 12th for some family fun. People are already weighing in with reviews of the venues (both good and bad), so the hosts themselves might want to read our pages and respond if people are giving them the thumbs down.
Be sure to check our our Where 2 Be for Free guide for the latest details on when your favourite venue will be opening its doors. The guide is updated on a daily basis with the latest information and comments from our readers, so be sure to check it out just prior to heading out the door.
Here is some information about what you can expect at the Concord Pacific site starting February 12th, located next to Sochi House and Canada Hockey Place.
Kids and kids-at-heart will be pleased that Concord Place is hosting a free kids hockey shootout, offering thousands of prizes, and getting daily visits from Hockey Canada alumni including Stan Smyl, Luc Robitaille, Cam Neely, Paul Coffey and more. Autograph sessions will happen with current and past Olympians presented with Right to Play, and food and live entertainment is provided at Ontario House, Maison du Quebec and Saskatchewan House. Some of the free live acts over the 17-day period include Bedouin Soundclash and the Arkells. Concord Place is also home to Molson Canadian Hockey House, the International Ice Hockey Federation, BC Housing Demonstration House and Concord’s Community Hat-trick Supporter, Global TV!
Concord Pacific’s Community Hat-trick Shootout looks like fun. Everyone's a winner when you and your kids put your hockey skills to the test. Prizes include Hockey Canada hats and Concord toques. At some point in every day, a kid will have a chance to win one of a limited number of Hockey Canada signed jerseys. Open daily from 10:30am – 4:30pm with daily appearances of Hockey Canada alum.
There is also a charitable component to this venue. For every goal you score, Concord will donate a toonie to local Community Centres for after school programs! Visit concordplace.ca to view their daily event calendar.
Concord Pacific will also be providing a glimpse of the 2020 Next Generation Vision for the crowning phase of Concord Pacific Place as well as previewing other communities across Canada. For directions on how to get to the Concord site, click here.