"Where 2 Be for Free" - the Definitive Guide for low-cost 2010 Games fun!
GlobalTV's Brian Coxford takes stock on the patriotic impact of the 2010 Games (video)
It's a year since the Olympic Torch arrived in downtown Vancouver, and the day the Cauldron was lit. By this time last year we here at CityCaucus.com had long since "downed tools" on anything political, and focused 100-percent of our energy on promoting the 2010 Games. It was a good decision.
Daniel drafted a list of free events in late December. I built a digital guide where users could rate venues and leave comments, and we collaborated on keeping the information fresh and accurate. For weeks leading up to the arrival of the torch we had put enormous amounts of energy and time into crafting the Where to Be for Free guide at CityCaucus.com/2010free.
Continue reading Looking back at Vancouver 2010, and why it succeeded.
Where 2 Be for Free? Find it here!
Share your 2010 Olympics photos using our Flickr Group or email us your YouTube links so we can share with our readers. Tell friends through email, your Twitter or Facebook connections and let's have a whole lot of (affordable) fun!
UPDATE for Sunday, Feb 28th: It's all over later today...sigh! Check out our retrospective video on the free venues during the Olympics. SEE OUR NEW PARALYMPICS PAGE at CityCaucus.com/paralympics. Let's keep the spirit of the Games going during March!
Abbotsford Live Site 11 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Abbotsford Recreation Centre will transform into an Olympic Hub February 12-28, 2010. The Live Sites program was created to help residents share in the Spirit of 2010 as well as to help BC communities, in all regions of the Province, find a way to develop a lasting legacy from the 2010 Winter Games. Abbotsford residents will have a place to go to share the Olympic spirit. Olympic themed public skates, swims, and programs will welcome Abbotsford residents.
There will also be a free night market and inflatable fun zone Thursdays & Fridays 5pm – 9pm, Saturdays 9am – 9pm and Sundays Noon – 9pm. The Russian figure skaters will be practicing as well. For our out-of-town visitors, Abbotsford is located about an hour or so drive east of Vancouver on the TransCanada Highway. Check here to get the latest information. Click here for directions on how to get there.
Alberta House 36 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Located at the intersection of Robson and Beatty Streets Alberta Plaza, in front of Alberta House, will be open to the public from 10:00 am – 11:00 pm daily and feature information about living, working, playing and investing in Alberta. Every evening the plaza will offer free performances featuring 40 of Alberta’s established and emerging musicians and artists. The plaza will also showcase Alberta’s diverse cuisine with food and beverage sales offered to the public.Read more on this...
Atlantic Canada House 70 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Atlantic Canada's best will hit the world stage during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador along with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency present Atlantic Canada House at Granville Island's Arts Club Theatre from February 13 to 28.
For two weeks, Canada's West Coast will come alive with East Coast performers on one of Vancouver's most historic sites, Granville Island. A popular local venue, Granville Island is expecting over 35,000 visitors daily. It is easily accessible by water taxis, bus, bicycle, streetcar and foot. It is highly recommended you do not drive on to Granville Island as there will be limited parking available. A Canada Line to Bombardier streetcar connection would be easiest.Read more on this...
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BC Hydro Power Smart Village 15 comments
CLOSED: This winter during the 2010 Games, BC Hydro will be opening the doors to the BC Hydro Power Smart Village (at 333 Dunsmuir Street), another free attraction. Visitors are welcomed to celebrate the spirit of the Games in a theme of conservation and sustainability. Members of your entire family will enjoy a wide range of activities like dancing on a sustainable dance floor, creating an inspirational message on the digital expression wall or even taking a break from cheering on athletes to check out First Nation carvings or our "the future is now" home exhibit. You'll even have a chance to win Olympic tickets by taking part in one of their many events. Click here to read our special Editor's Review of this pavilion.
The venue is about one-block from the LiveCity Downtown site and the Canada Pavilion in Vancouver. Click here for directions.
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BC Pavilion (Vancouver Art Gallery) 19 comments
CLOSED: The British Columbia Pavilion will be proudly located at the beautiful Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) building next to Robson Square. You can expect to see a number of interactive displays that will highlight the rich cultural fabric of both British Columbia and Canada. You gotta check out BC's fantastic new You Gotta Be Here ad.
Live concert performances are taking place at Robson Square which will feature several BC musical artists (more information below). This downtown hub also features the International Media Centre where several live broadcasts are taking place, the Ziptrek line over Robson Square, and the GE Plaza skating rink.
A series of displays highlighting BC industry & tourism will also be on-site. Visitors will get full access to the VAG for free during the Games and the venue is anticipated to be open between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily (no evening hours, private events only). A special Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit is available for public viewing. Located in the heart of downtown across from the huge Canadian flag at Georgia & Howe Street and right next to the GE Plaza outdoor skating rink, this will definitely become a popular gathering place. The north lawn is also home to the official Omega Olympic and Paralympic Countdown Clock. The area is conveniently accessed by the Skytrain or Canada Line Vancouver City Centre stops. You, definitely, gotta be here.Read more on this...
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Bell Ice Cube 26 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: The Bell Ice Cube will be a 3,000 square-foot temporary building located at Robson & Beatty street in downtown Vancouver and will open to the public on February 11th. It will be open February 11th to 28th from 11am to 11pm and will feature entertainment, Olympic ticket giveaways and interactive product demonstrations. The unique high-tech design of Bell Ice Cube will provide visitors an opportunity to view ceremonies and competitions on multiple plasma screens in high definition Bell TV. During the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and during major sporting events, visitors will be able to watch the magic on a large projection screen.Read more on this...
Bombardier Streetcar 39 comments
CLOSED: Known as the Olympic Line, this will be a demonstration project between Granville Island "French Quarter" and the Olympic Village Canada Line station. A modern and "high-end" European streetcar will shuttle passengers by rail between the Canada Line and the “French Quarter” at Granville Island. It is free to ride, but they are expecting over 500,000 people will take the trip over the two month period when it will be in operation. The train is scheduled to start running on January 21st (open ceremonies take place at 9:30am at Cambie & 2nd Avenue, beside the Olympic Village Canada Line station) through March 21st, and it will run 18 hours per day. CityCaucus.com also took some great photos of the Olympic Line, and has this exclusive first look video. Here's the map to the Granville Island stop, and here is the map to the Olympic Village stop.
Canada Line (to YVR) 19 comments
While not free, for about the price of a cup of coffee, you can ride the beautiful new Canada Line rapid transit system, and head from the downtown Waterfront station all the way to the Vancouver International Airport. Along the way, you will cross the mighty Fraser River and have the opportunity to stop at trendy Oakridge Mall and Cambie Village.
When you arrive at the airport, be sure to visit one of the most beautiful airport observatories found anywhere on the planet. Here is a YouTube video you can watch before you go. We also have a photo of it on our Flickr page.Read more on this...
Canada Pavilion 31 comments
CLOSED: Centrally located at Vancouver's LiveCity Downtown Celebration Site (corner of Georgia St and Cambie St), the Canada Pavilion will demonstrate Canada's commitment to creative excellence, sustainable development and fostering diversity with informative and innovative content that is sure to make Canadians proud. Inside the pavilion, visitors can use interactive technologies to learn about Canadian sport excellence, including Canada's Olympic and Paralympic history, trivia and visual displays illustrating Canadian innovation in sporting equipment and technology, and virtual snowboard and slapshot games. The Pavilion will provide an opportunity to learn more about Olympic and Paralympic sports and help to choose an activity that's right for you. Hours of operation are March 12-14, 2010: 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. March 18-21, 2010: 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
See CityCaucus.com's exclusive "first look" profile of the Canada Pavilion!
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Canada's Northern House 42 comments
OPEN UNTIL APRIL 17th: Canada’s Northern House, at 602 W. Hastings Street & Seymour in Vancouver, is located in the heart of downtown. You can expect to be captivated with the simulated northern lights shining from the windows. The lights will draw people in to view and get information on Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon art, business, athletes, cultural performers and artists.Visitors to Northern House will be greeted at the entrance by an inuksuk built by former Nunavut Commissioner Peter Irniq, using stone from Nunavut, Northwest Territories and British Columbia. Canada’s Northern House will showcase talented performers such as Artcirq and throat singers, drum dancers, and traditional games athletes during the Olympic Games. Canada’s Northern House will have an art lounge, story telling area and an exhibit called “The North Today” featuring interactive displays on living, visiting and investing in Nunavut. There will also be business information about the three territories. Visitors also have the chance to win an $8,000 diamond or a 3.8 ounce gold nugget valued at $7,000. The House is open through March 31, 2010. Daily hours during the 2010 Olympic Games will be 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Before and after the 2010 Olympic Games, it will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Check out some cool CityCaucus.com exclusive photos and video of the pavilion by clicking here. Check out Daniel's review by clicking here.
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Casa Italia 72 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: In 2006, Italy played home to the Winter Olympics. In a few weeks, the historic Roundhouse Community Centre will play home to the 2010 pavilion known as Casa Italia. The pavilion will be open to feature an expo of the best products Italy has to offer. You can expect to see some other fine Italian products on display. Casa Italia will be open daily to the public between Feb 8 - 28th from 11am until 6pm daily. The pavilion is only one block north of the LiveCity Yaletown. If you're looking for directions on how to get there, click here.Read more on this...
CentrePlace Manitoba 14 comments
CLOSED: CentrePlace Manitoba is a 2,560 sq ft, pre-fabricated, sustainable building featuring Manitoba products and technology. Multimedia exhibits, developed in Manitoba, will showcase tourism, business, immigration and sport and highlight our province’s prosperity, opportunity and potential. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be a partner and have a feature exhibit in the pavilion.
Thirty Manitoba artists and arts groups will perform, supported by the Manitoba Arts Council, as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. Many of our province’s Aboriginal artists will also perform at the Four Host First Nations pavilion. CentrePlace Manitoba will be located at the LiveCity Vancouver – Downtown site (on Georgia Street at Cambie).CentrePlace Manitoba will be open during both the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games. See a short video here with more info.
Coca Cola Pavilion (LiveCity Yaletown) 53 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: A big red temporary 8600 square foot structure is going up at LiveCity Yaletown in David Lam Park. This will become home to the new Coca Cola Happiness Pavilion. They are one of the major international sponsors of the Games, including the Olympic Torch Relay and you can expect to see a lot of them around town in the next couple of months. Fans will have an opportunity to learn more about Coca-Cola and their history with the Olympic Games, sample ice cold Coca-Cola products, see the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch, and much more! (See our sneak preview & video) The venue provides state of the art interactive displays and unique bottle artwork. Coke is showing off recycling and sustainability as a theme for their new line of products. If you compete in at least 2 of the on-site interactive games you earn a prize that you collect as you leave.
At night the translucent roof becomes the canopy for a spectacular light display. CityCaucus.com caught a photo of it a few weeks ago. Hours of Operation: 11am - 11pm daily. Access from Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line – LiveCity site requires security check, no bottled liquids carried on-site. For more information visit www.icoke.ca.
Discover Calabria 15 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Do you like a pavilion with no line-ups? If so, why not explore the Calabria region by visting this venue. The unique sensations from a remarkable land with an ancient history is unleashed on the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games from fashion to food, Italian pottery to exquisite jewelry, business opportunities to Mediterranean vacation plans, and of course wine, olive oil and cheese. The Discover Calabria venue is located at 851 Homer Street in Vancouver.
Unioncamere Calabria has recognized the unique opportunity afforded by the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games to organize, in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vancouver, a “Discover Calabria” showroom to showcase the rich culture and heritage of Calabria as well as their businesses in key sectors. The showroom is open to the public and visitors will learn more about Calabria's cultural heritage, economic system, investment opportunities and local products. You are able to sample food specialties, view artisans plying their crafts, and view one-of-a-kind products. Special seminars are free of charge and will educate visitors on Calabria's tourism, Mediterranean cuisine and the health benefits f red wine (previous registration is required for the seminars, so please contact email@example.com). Hours of operation are 9 am to 6 pm daily. Calabria is a region in southern Italy, south of Naples, located at the "toe" of the Italian peninsula. For directions on how to get to the venue, click here.
Edgewater Casino Celebration Village 21 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Edgewater Casino hosts their “Celebration Village 2010” an unprecedented Chinese New Years’ Celebration worthy of welcoming the world to Vancouver. From February 12 – 28, 2010 the “Celebration Village 2010” invites you to enjoy FREE daily entertainment Monday to Thursday 2pm-11pm; and Friday to Sunday 12pm – midnight.
The February 14 grand opening will celebrate the Year of the Tiger with an exclusive traditional Chinese Lion Dance, featuring five different lions (symbolic of the Olympic rings) as part of an incredibly memorable day of ceremonies. This spectacular showcase will feature free entertainment from traditional, comedy, Kung Fu, and Cabaret performers. The Chinese New Year festivities will span 17 days and feature 120 different food and shopping vendors in the heart of the city’s flurry of activity.
Four Host First Nations Pavilion 33 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Located on the plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at Georgia and Hamilton in downtown Vancouver, within easy walking distance of BC Place (venue for opening ceremonies) and Canada Hockey Place (venue for ice hockey), the 8,000 square-foot 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion will be right in the heart of Olympic activity, with Vancouver’s Celebration Site located immediately across Cambie Street. The pavilion features a high-tech 3,000 square-foot sphere, surrounded by a Coast Salish Longhouse. The Longhouse, which features a 1,500 square-foot Trading Post, will be relocated after the Games as a permanent legacy. As well, the adjacent 2,000 square-foot QE restaurant will be converted into a reception hall, featuring an Aboriginal showcase and cuisine. Special “theme” days will showcase Aboriginal groups from all regions of Canada. Live events will include Inuit throat singing, Métis jigging, hoop dancing, as well as spotlighting contemporary Aboriginal performances and other fields of achievement. We're advised the Yukon First Nations 2010 will be presenting their 45 minute show ‘What the Land Remembers – Tales of Raven and Wolf’ on Sunday, February 21, 2010 beginning at 11 am, ending at 3pm. GlobalTV did a great profile of the pavilion you can view here. Hours of operation vary by day. Click here for a detailed schedule of events.
GE Plaza (Robson Square) 31 comments
CLOSED GE Plaza at Robson Square features a popular outdoor skating rink, and is the location for the International Media Centre and BC Pavilion during the Games and centrally located at Robson & Howe Streets. Thanks to the generous contribution from General Electric in partnership with the Province of BC, the skating is free and skate rentals are only $3. The rink is open daily from noon to 9 pm.
The revitalization of the ice rink at GE Plaza has brought over 115,000 visitors to Robson Square to enjoy ice skating, concerts, and other special events since it re-opened in late November. Robson Square is the BC’s signature celebration site during the 2010 Winter Games. Live music performances are taking place day and night at this lively centre of activity. The nightly fireworks display are a must see. Check out this video. Just look for the big glass bubbles from street level.
The site is just a 2-minute walk from the Vancouver City Centre Skytrain and Canada Line stations. Click here for directions on how to get there. Check out Daniel's review of this venue by clicking here.
German Fan Fest 28 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: The Thuringian sports association and the German Olympic sports association in Vancouver are welcoming guests from all over the world to celebrate Olympic champions in the German Fan Fest, which is set up at 555 West Cordova Street in downtown Vancouver next to Steamworks. This is an alternative to German Saxony House (which is located near the entrance of Stanley Park). The venue, which features Thuringian band "Acoustica", is a great place to meet up with other German guests, enjoy a beverage and meet up with friends. Be sure to try the Thuringian sausages! Hours of operation are 10am - 5 pm - free (closed for one hour between 5-6 pm). After 6 pm there is a
$10 $20 cover charge. Located just outside Waterfront terminus station for Skytrain, Seabus and Canada Line.
German Saxony House 22 comments
CLOSED: During the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park will be transforming into the Saxony House. Be sure to drop by this free pavilion to experience the Olympics in true Saxon style! You’ll have the opportunity to watch the games, meet medal winners, listen to live music and enjoy traditional German food and drinks.
The Vancouver Rowing Club (Flickr photo by Difei Li seen above) will transform its 19th century aura into a glittering Saxony House, offering magnificent views of Burrard Inlet and Downtown Vancouver. What better place to exhibit the prowess of Saxony's art, culture and booming economy, its sports and the innovative drive of Saxon inventors! The Saxony House is open free to the public, February 12th - 28th, from 12:00pm- 2:00am. There is plenty of low-cost metered parking during the day. Parking is free after 6 pm. Click here for more information.
Haida Gwaii House 6 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Located at the ground level of the Hampton Inn is a mini Haida Gwaii. This venue will feature a special longhouse and will showcase Haida art and culture, wilderness, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, marine animals, shore birds and much more. The Haida Gwaii House will be open from February 11th to the 28th from 12 noon to 9 pm. Ambassadors will be available onsite to answer questions and talk about the place they live. Also on display will be a Haida mask carved by Regg Davidson, an 11 foot totem pole designed by Tim Boyko, and a number of scrolling images. If you're lucky, you may just see Haida in their own regalia. Or you may bump into Christian White, a Haida artist who will be at work carving on site.
Their new website is located at www.GoHaidaGwaii.ca. There will also be free contest prizes given away daily at the venue. Haida Gwaii House is really close to BC Place Stadium, home of the opening and closing ceremonies. If you want directions on how to get there, click here. Read our Pavilion Profile of Haida Gwaii House.
Heineken House (Holland) 110 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Located near the O Zone in Richmond, the highlight of the Holland Heineken House experience is the main hall, which can host thousands of people every night, and features celebratory medal ceremonies for successful Dutch athletes as well as nightly performances by renowned Dutch artists and DJ’s. The Holland Heineken House is located in Minoru Arenas in the Richmond O Zone and is open daily from February 12 to 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Along with the nightly live entertainment, there is lots to do during the daytime in the Holland Heineken House such as shopping, internet surfing, getting health checks, competing virtually against Olympic athletes, watching sports on dozens of screens, reading, eating, drinking and watching several sponsor events.
Please note: There are long line-ups and limited access to Heineken House. Entrance to the Holland Heineken House is free of charge, but ID must be shown. Minors (those less than 19 years) should be accompanied by an adult at all times. Those under 14 years of age are not allowed in the venue after 8 p.m. We're also advised that 400 Dutch bikes will be available for free for guests to use. Click here for directions on how to get there.Read more on this...
House of Switzerland 43 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Located on picturesque Granville Island in Vancouver, Bridges Restaurant will play home to the House of Switzerland during the Games. Plans are to dress up the restaurant and their menu in a Swiss theme. We’re told to expect a lot of Swiss athletes there on a nightly basis. If a Swiss athlete wins a medal, they will be taken from BC Place and brought to the House by water taxi. The athletes then plan to hold a media event outside the House of Switzerland as well as meet with fans.
House organizers tell us they will have on-hand some of the best Swiss chocolates and cheese for the public to sample on select dates and times. The venue will be operating as a restaurant with Swiss hospitality and touches and is open to the public on a first seated basis on the main floor and by reservation on the upper floor. It is officially open from Feb 5th - Feb 28th. The hours of operation starting on Feb 5th will be 8 am to 1 am each day – a full calendar of events is posted here (pdf). Note that public parking will be at a premium and is limited to the west side of the Island only. Metered parking is in effect and will cost around $6 for 2 hours. Consider taking transit there if you can (the Bombardier streetcar station is a pleasant five minute walk). Expect this to be one of the top hot spots in town! Click here for directions on how to get to this destination. **See our House of Switzerland Pavilion Profile.
Kla-howya: Aboriginal Village Welcome 4 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: The lobby of the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver (at Canada Place) will be transformed into a stunning 16-day showcase of Aboriginal art, performances, and culture – free to residents and visitors during the upcoming 2010 Games. Organizers tell CityCaucus.com they want to share the cultural richness, stories and traditions of British Columbia's Aboriginal people, and promote Aboriginal tourism across British Columbia. The Kla-howya: Aboriginal Village Welcome will feature traditional dancing, cedar bark weaving, Aboriginal fashions, birch bark chewing, moose hide tufting, jewelry making, carving, storytelling and an opportunity to explore the harvesting of wild herbs for traditional medicines. They have set up a blog where you can read all about the various exhibits and entertainment. If you would like to see other First Nations art and culture, you should also visit the Four Host First Nations Pavilion and Canada's Northern House.
The Pan Pacific is located at the Waterfront terminus station for Skytrain and Canada Line. For a map on how to get there, click here.
Korea House 15 comments
CLOSED: The City of Pyeongchang, Korea is trying to successfully do what Vancouver did in 2003. They want to impress the International Olympic Committee in order to win the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Perhaps that's why they plan to pull out all the stops with their interactive Korea House pavilion located at a NEW LOCATION at the Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. Representatives from Korea House advise CityCaucus.com that the pavilion will be open to the public every day from 11 am to 6 pm. Check out Daniel's review of this venue by clicking here.Read more on this...
Laser Waterworks Show 33 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Join friends or family at False Creek to see the nightly laser waterworks show which will take place next to the LiveCity Yaletown location. A large pipe in False Creek will stream water high into the air providing the backdrop for what will become a vivid backdrop to all the excitement. The staging (seen left), and is located along the seawall beside David Lam Park. The City of Vancouver says the fireworks and water show will start in the late evening, but they don't provide a start time. Once we have this, we'll post it here. For a map showing you how to get to David Lam Park, click here.
LiveCity Downtown 12 comments
CLOSED: This site located at Georgia and Beatty will open during both the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will be Vancouver’s version of a downtown “piazza” with a large outdoor screen, daytime interactive school programming, engaging street entertainment, and late-night entertainment. Additional partners and governmental agencies will bring programs and pavilions to complement the site. The site will re-open during the Paralympic period (March 12 through March 21) with a mix of on-screen programming, demonstration sport events and entertainment. Both the Canada and Manitoba pavilions will be on-site. See this link for a full schedule of events and live performances at the LiveCity Vancouver sites! Check out Daniel's review of this venue by clicking here.
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LiveCity Yaletown 57 comments
CLOSED: LiveCity Yaletown is a family-friendly venue that will feature live local, national, and international entertainment on the main stage in the afternoon and into the night, culminating each evening with a dynamic water and fireworks closing show. Giant screens will show highlights of Olympic Winter Games sport coverage and visitors can enjoy the interactive Olympic sponsor pavilions (Coca-Cola, Acer, Panasonic & Samsung), Vancouver House, and much more… all for free!
Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., LiveCity Yaletown will be offering exciting educational programs for Vancouver students Grades 6 – 12. The public is welcome to join in!
Friday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., family programming, similar to the weekday educational component, will offer kids the chance to experience the Games in a family friendly environment.The afternoons will feature highlights from the day’s sporting events on the giant screens followed by late afternoon live entertainment and the official medals presentations. See this link for a full schedule of events and live performances at the LiveCity Vancouver sites!Read more on this...
New Westminster 1 comment
ENDED FEB 28, 2010 Historic New Westminster (Western Canada's oldest incorporated city) is hosting something they are calling Keep the Dream Alive. Join the excitement of the Olympics! Watch Canada bring home the gold at the Queensborough Community Centre. Learn about local Olympic athletes that will be competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Catch the Olympic spirit in New Westminster. For more information on hours of operation, call 604-525-7388.Read more on this...
Nightly Medal Award Ceremony 31 comments
ENDED FEB 27, 2010 This is the most inexpensive way to participate in an official Olympic event. Tickets costs as little as $22 dollars per person and this provides you access to some of North America’s best entertainers as well as the medal winning athletes. Some of the confirmed bands include Barenaked Ladies, INXS, Nelly Furtado, Hedley, Theory of a Dead Man and many more. The newly renovated BC Place Stadium will play home to this nightly event, in the heart of several other nearby pavilions. If you are taking the Expo Line SkyTrain, get off at the "Stadium" station. You will have to walk about 5 minutes to get there. Click here for directions on how to get there. A note for out-of-town visitors, BC Place will undergo a massive renovation after the Games and will have a brand new retractable roof installed (see illustration).
O Zone Richmond 21 comments
CLOSED: 17 days and nights. Exhilarating. Amazing. Once in a lifetime. The O Zone is where you can be part of a real Olympic Games experience, with thousands of your closest friends, cheering on Canada’s athletes, exploring cool stuff, and rocking to some of the hottest young bands in Canada. The O Zone is also the biggest celebration of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, amassed over 60 acres in the heart of Richmond City Centre, just minutes from the new Canada Line Brighouse Station near Richmond City Hall and Minoru Park.
You’ve never seen Richmond like this: mammoth ice art, massive high-definition screen, outdoor skating on real ice, entertainment from around the region and around the world, art, athletes, exhibits, virtual reality (bobsleigh ride anyone?), food and fireworks. Bands like Our lady Peace, Hawksley Workman, Bedouin Soundclash, Toyko Police Club and Wintersleep headline. Theme nights saluting Canada’s diverse cultures and regions from World Beat rhythms and South Asian dance and music to Pan Northern sounds from above the Arctic Circle. There’s something for everyone, and for all ages. Did we mention it’s free? Check the O Zone's Calendar page for their event and free concert line-up, or read O Zone news.Read more on this...
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Olympic Cauldron 63 comments
OPEN TO PUBLIC (BUT NO LONGER LIT) At the end of the opening ceremonies of Vancouver's Olympic Games, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky jumped in the back of a pickup truck and made his way to Vancouver's waterfront to light up the cauldron. It now shines brightly just east of the new convention centre and has become an instant attraction. Unfortunately, you are only able to see the flame from behind a secure chain link fence. According to VANOC officials, it is a security risk to allow people too close to the flame. If you want a nice photo of the Olympic cauldron (without the chain link fence), VANOC says they will post a few photos you can download off their website vancouver2010.com. If you want directions on how to get there, click here. Check out Daniel's review of this venue by clicking here.
Ontario House 76 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Located in between BC Place Stadium and Sochi House (Science World), Ontario House plans to set a new standard in creativity and innovation. CityCaucus.com dropped by the pavilion on Jan 24th and can confirm they are constructing a special 4D theatre. Once you enter, why not use your brain waves to turn on the lights at the CN tower. Don't believe us, check out this video. They also plan to feature many other exciting and original exhibits, events and performances; showcase made-in-Ontario products and services; and be technologically state-of-the-art while being supported using environmentally sustainable systems and technologies. Ontario House will offer visitors a unique, one-of-a-kind, inspirational experience that will live on in their memories for years to come and reinforce Ontario’s Olympic brand message — “There’s No Place Like This…” If you want to see some exclusive photos of the pavilion, click here. If you're looking for directions on how to get to the pavilion then click here. Hours of operation: 10 am to 2 am daily.Read more on this...
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PRIDE House Vancouver 5 comments
CLOSED: For the very first time in Olympic history there will be LGTB pavilions, one here in Vancouver and another in Whistler. PRIDE House Vancouver is happening at Qmunity, 1170 Bute Street, in the Davie Village. PRIDE House will have on hand friendly ambassadors who know about all that is fabulously queer in Vancouver. PRIDE House will also have on hand immigration and refugee experts with a wealth of knowledge and resources for visitors. PRIDE House will be that special social welcoming spot for LGTB athletes, family, friends and visitors. PRIDE House Vancouver will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. throughout the Games. There will be fabulous PRIDE House swag available for sale including t-shirts and jackets.
Park Royal Winter Carnival 6 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: It may not be the most flashy venue, but Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver is planning on hosting a special winter pavilion during the Games. They advise CityCaucus.com they've set up a special outdoor skating rink where your family can lace up and enjoy some time on the ice. There are limited skate rentals, so it's best you bring your own. There will also be live music performances on Friday and Saturday evenings. A large screen displaying the live CTV broadcast of Olympic events will allow you to cheer on your favourite athlete.Read more on this...
Place de la Francophonie 2010 29 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010 Located just south of the downtown, the popular Granville Island tourist attraction will become the place to celebrate Canada’s French heritage. During the Games, Place de la Francophonie 2010 will become Vancouver’s French Quarter, a place to live and celebrate the Games in French. Highlights will include over 400 hours of FREE live entertainment, more than 100 performances by artists and performers from Canada and around the world, 1 sports bar, 5 stages, 3 exhibitions locations, exciting agritourism showcase, and lots more!
During the day, people can visit the agritourism pavilion where producers will show case their local products, and Canadian tourism organizations will present tourist trails. Next to the agritourism pavilion is Club Adrenaline, a sports bar where everyone can follow Olympic events, eat the finest that Canada has to offer in the culinary arts and starting at 9:30 p.m. get entertained by our artists, who are sure to get the crowd going! Also everyday starting at 5:30 p.m. is the Grand Défilé of Big Nazo. Where weird and wonderful creatures will be appearing at Place de la Francophonie. Starting on February 11th at 6:30 p.m. are our shows featuring artists from the Francophone world.
You can get there by taking the free streetcar from the Olympic Canada Line Station to Granville Island. Vancouver's famous False Creek water taxis will also provide transportation across the water during the Games. Expect this site to be extremely popular so get there early and take transit if you can.
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ENDED FEB 28, 2010 Hey PoCo residents, where will you be watching the 2010 Winter Games? Starting with the opening ceremonies on Feb. 12, Port Coquitlam residents can cheer on the action on a big screen at the 2010 PoCo Zone at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex at 2150 Wilson Avenue in Port Coquitlam.
As part of the Port Coquitlam’s Spirit Week activities, Olympic events will be playing all day long on a nine-foot screen at the PoCo Zone – the City’s self-proclaimed Live Site – from Feb. 12 to 26. Local individuals and families who want to share in the Olympic spirit with other members of the community are welcome to drop by the PoCo Zone whenever the Rec Complex is open (approximately 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.). Tables and chairs will be set up in the Rec Complex’s spacious lobby, and the concession will be open during peak hours. Admission is free.Read more on this...
Quebec House (Maison du Quebec) 57 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Quebec House (La Maison du Quebec) is located at the Concord Pacific site between Sochi House (Science World) and BC Place in Vancouver. The pavilion will show thousands of foreign visitors the distinctiveness of Quebec culture, expertise and tourist attractions. For Quebecers coming to participate in Olympic events in Vancouver, Quebec House will be the place to assemble. Many Quebec artists will perform at the House from the 12th to 28th of February. Hours of operation: Noon to midnight daily. Note however that there is almost nothing to see on site prior to 5:30 pm when the performers hit the stage. Prior to 5:30 pm, there is simply a small merchandise shop where you can purchase authentic Quebec cuisine. As for the performances, you should bring your umbrella as everything is exposed to the elements. Although the pavilion looks large from the outside, it is very tight for space inside.
Click here for map to pavilion. Quebec House is about a five-minute walk from the Main Street Skytrain station.Read more on this...
Tagged: 2010 Venue, family-friendly venue, features live music, in downtown vancouver, interactive games & fun, kids welcomed, late evening activities, on false creek north side, print guide, regional canada themed
Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion 64 comments
CLOSED: Are you curious about how all those Olympic and Paralympic medals are made? Are you collecting all of those special edition 2010 Olympic quarters that are now in circulation? If you answered yes to either of those questions, chances are you may want to drop by the official 2010 Royal Canadian Mint pavilion, which will be located at its NEW location: 350 West Georgia Street in Vancouver, the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch. The Mint is the official supplier of medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will have some of them on display for the public to view. You can also see the Mint's world-famous dollar gold coin and other gold products.
Hours of operation will follow the Library’s schedule of Monday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Continue reading the release from the Mint:Read more on this...
Saskatchewan Pavilion 35 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Located in between BC Place Stadium and Sochi House (Science World) in Vancouver, this free pavilion will consist of two structures. One will house a business centre, the other an entertainment venue featuring Saskatchewan entertainment and food. We had a sneak peak of the pavilion including the massive 6-storey dome. The mainstage features Saskatchewan bands and two bars at the back of the room. It has the capacity to handle about 600 people after 8 pm. The onsite restaurant features massive $8 bison burgers and $6 sausages as well as some tasty perogies. You can expect this pavilion will be a great place to hang out for anyone wanting to enjoy good music and prairie hospitality. Hours of operation: The big sphere will be open from 11 am daily through to 10 pm daily. Note that on Feb 21-24, the sphere will be closed to the public at approximately 6 pm due to private receptions. The big tent featuring all of the bands will remain open every evening until 1 am. The live entertainment starts at 3 pm daily. This is sure to be a popular venue, so try to get there early!Read more on this...
Scandinavia House 23 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Located in the heart of Burnaby, the Scandinavian Community Centre is inviting the public to join them in their celebration of the 2010 Olympic Games. Stefan Wallin, Finland’s Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth will be on hand to officially open “Scandinavia House”, the 2010 games hub for Scandinavians, Canadians and visitors alike on February 12th.
The Scandinavian Community Centre will be a games live site from February 12 – 28th, 9 am to midnight, for event viewing, daily programs, special guest visits and seminar speakers including former athletes. Several big screen TVs have been installed to televise local CTV Olympic programming as well as European real-time streaming broadcasts provided by Finnish broadcaster YLE. The public is invited to watch the games at the centre. Entry is free. This is the only venue of its kind that we know of in the Burnaby region. For directions on how to get there, click here.
Sochi House (Russia) 60 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: The Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2010 in Vancouver will be a significant milestone for the Sochi 2014 program, since it is in Vancouver that Russia’s Sochi will officially take over and become the focus of the next Winter Olympic Games. Unprecedented in its scale, the Sochi2014.ru World, Russky Dom project will be the only official location for the Russian delegation in Vancouver.
The doors to Sochi World will be open from February 12-28 for everyone who wants to become a part of the big Russian celebration at the Vancouver 2010 Games. It will bring together well-known athletes, eager fans and officials from around the world.
Every day from 12 pm to 5 pm, activities for Sochi World guests will include: meetings with Russia’s celebrated athletes, as well as autograph signing and photo sessions, entertainment programs, contests, excursions and official project participant and Games Partner events.
The venue is free, however, Sochi 2014's website states the following regarding admission requirements:
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In order to take part in the Sochi World activities, visitors must obtain accreditation (permanent access) or day-passes (single-use access). Day-passes are available at the information desk or at the Accreditation Center at the entrance. For Russian fans, entry passes will be created upon presentation of a Russian passport.
Surrey 2010 Celebration Zone 27 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: The Surrey 2010 Celebration Zone at Holland Park is promising two fun filled weeks of excitement and activity for the whole family! The sliding zone, skating rink and curling zone will be a great way to take in some classic Olympic sports and winter activities. Step into the future with Simon Fraser University’s cutting edge Interactive Digital Media display, explore your creativity in their Kids World craft tent or cozy up in the Storytelling tent brought to you by Surrey Libraries. The RCMP Musical Ride will be performing shows daily, as well as other classic Canadian entertainment.
Evening performances at Surrey's Celebration Zone include Blue Rodeo (Feb 12th) and The Sam Roberts Band (Feb 19th). The activities are abundant so bring your energy and enthusiasm to the Festival Activity Zone and prepare for an experience of Olympic proportions! Read an Editor's review of this pavilion here.
Hours of operation vary by day. Click here for a complete schedule of events. UPDATE FEB 16TH: NEW INFORMATION ON THE MUSICAL RIDE IS AVAILABLE. CLICK READ MORE BELOW...Read more on this...
Tagged: 2010 Venue, activities for children, city-oriented, family-friendly venue, features live music, interactive games & fun, kids welcomed, late evening activities, print guide, south fraser location, vancouver suburbs
Ukraine House 18 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Official home of Ukraine’s Olympic team for the 2010 Winter Olympics is being run jointly by the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, Embassy of Ukraine in Canada and Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Ukraine House will be open to the public every day during the Games except for Sunday, the 14th of February and Monday, February 15, 2010, as special events will take place on those days.
Activities are planned for all days and times that Ukraine House will be open to the public and will include a Ukrainian Olympic Ball, and a Youth Dance. Enjoy large screen TV coverage of Olympic events. See performers from both Ukraine and Canada. Participate in an an auction of sports memorabilia - including the runners worn by pole-vaulter, Sergei Bubka, when he set the world record.Read more on this...
ValleyFest 7 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010 Located on the beautiful North Shore Mountains, the District of North Vancouver will be ground zero for a special community celebration during the Games. ValleyFest is a 17 day event taking place in Lynn Valley and will feature live entertainment, childrens activities as well as a large screen TV broadcasting various sporting events. Join a 3 on 3 ball hockey game, try "kurling" or participate in their outdoor playground and cafe. Explore the history of sport and heritage at the Discovery Zone interpretive centre. Local organizers assure CityCaucus.com this will be a family-friendly venue that will be fun for all ages. The venue is free and will be programmed between Feb 12-28th. All events are taking place in Lynn Valley Village Square. It is beside the library and completely accessible by bus. For more information about ValleyFest click here. For directions on how go get there, click here.
Vancouver "Streets to Watch" 11 comments
There will basically be four main thoroughfares in the downtown core which will have festive programming on a daily basis. These include Robson Street, Hamilton, Street, Mainland Street and Granville Street. With the exception of Robson Street (which will be closed east of Jervis street only) all the streets will be closed to vehicular traffic. Expect tens of thousands of people to be walking up and down here every night enjoying the atmosphere.
Vancouver City Hall 9 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: You can expect that Vancouver City Hall at 12th Avenue & Cambie Street will become a hub of activity during the 2010 Games. A parade of dignitaries will be making their way in and out of the Mayor’s office. This is also the site of the 1952 Oslo Flag which is encased in glass on the main floor of the building just as you enter. Once the Games are over, the flag will be placed back in its special case and delivered to the Mayor of Sochi, Russia, host of the 2014 Winter Games. Nightly light displays take place after dark at the top of the hour on outside of City Hall. The show is called Ice Light by Gunda Forster.
Vancouver House (LiveCity Yaletown) 5 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: The City’s home during the 2010 Winter Games, Vancouver House is designed to tell the story of Vancouver’s new business brand ‘Vancouver Green Capital’.
Visitors will understand the meaning of Vancouver Green Capital and meet the people from all walks of life and all areas of business who bring it to life. They will understand that Vancouver Green Capital is a logical extension of Vancouver’s past successes, a meaningful and authentic position for the city given both its geographic nature and its human nature.
Visitors will also understand that a business can be green not just economically – in the way it makes money – or environmentally, in the way it produces a product, but also socially, in the way it affects people and creates wellness.
People will leave Vancouver House understanding why Vancouver is a magnet for sophisticated human capital and why it is an idea capital where people are thinking, planning and bringing to life the economic future of the city. In short, Vancouver Green Capital is a business story and also a human story.
Vancouver House will be located at LiveCity Yaletown.
Vectorial Elevation (English Bay) 21 comments
ENDED FEB 27, 2010: More than two million people are expected to view the Vectorial Elevation Light Display installation in person in Metro Vancouver. The English Bay display of lights runs from dusk to dawn until February 28, 2010. Visitors to this www.vectorialvancouver.net can design how the lights will move, their angles and how they are clustered in timed sequences to create their own patterns for the world to see. A personalized webpage will be automatically created for each participant to document their design. Organizers estimate 130,000 different patterns will be created in the 24 days the project operates. Why not design your own light show in the sky? Click here for directions to Sunset Beach or click here for directions to Kits Beach.
West House 4 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: As part of its EcoDensity initiative, the City of Vancouver approved the creation of new laneway houses. If you want to see what EcoDensity living could be like, you should head down to the LiveCity Yaletown site to visit West House. This prototype 610-sq.-ft. house laneway house is a good demonstration of Vancouver's longstanding commitment to the environment. The house has a combined living/dining/kitchen area, bathroom and loft bedroom with a small balcony, plus a 226-sq.-ft. garage with an electric car charging outlet.
Laneway homes are garage-sized structures built on the existing lot of a single-family dwelling (at least 33 feet wide and facing onto an open lane). The homes can be used by students, boomerang kids, aging family members, caregivers or others. The City believes these homes, which replace carports or garages, can help ease the severe housing affordability problem in Vancouver while serving as mortgage helpers.Read more on this...
West Vancouver Spirit Square 16 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: Over the course of the 17 days of the Olympics West Vancouver, a Venue City, will activate their Spirit Square at the West Vancouver Community Centre. Discover your inner explorer and soar into the cosmos with the Canadian Space Agency. This rare experience provides a fun and interactive learning experience for everyone. Enjoy your self–guided tour of a scale model of the International Space Station and gain a sense of what it’s like to live, work and play sports in space. Models of Canadarm2 and Dextre will be there for all ages to enjoy. Evenings will come alive with an array of national and local talent, from rock to pop to classical performances in the Atrium. Celebrations at West Vancouver’s Spirit Square will showcase the unique character of the West Vancouver community featuring live performances, visual artistry, traditional and contemporary music.Read more on this...
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Whistler Round-up 9 comments
Whistler Live! is where the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games come to life with an energetic fusion of sport, art and entertainment. For 27 days, Whistler’s wintery pedestrian village will pulsate from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m against the spectacular backdrop of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. A diverse range of free and unique Whistler Live! experiences offer a dazzling taste of Whistler’s iconic mountain culture. Cheer on the athletes during CTV sport broadcasts; be moved by medals presentations; take in daily après concerts; enjoy film and photography; hear legendary tales and listen to DJs light up the nightly Fire & Ice Remix. Experience Canada’s Games in the heart of Whistler Village.Read more on this...
WinterFest at Lonsdale 9 comments
ENDED FEB 28, 2010: A 17 day WinterFest celebration is planned for Lonsdale Quay (across Burrard Inlet), a popular tourist destination situated on the waterfront in North Vancouver. Organizers tell CityCaucus.com they are planning numerous concerts, face painting, live cultural and street performances and much much more. A large screen on site will broadcast CTV's live Olympic coverage. Kid’s activities feature a newly renovated ballroom and animated play area with games and rides open daily from 9am – 9pm. Face painting and the ever-popular ‘Q’ balloons will be offered daily from 11am – 4pm.Read more on this...
Ziptrek Vancouver (Robson Square) 76 comments
CLOSED: Come and be dazzled at Ziptrek’s latest venture. Perched above the law courts at Robson Square, you will be provided the opportunity to zip over 170 metres (550') across Robson Street. Guests will zip high above the crowds an exhilarating six stories over Vancouver’s iconic downtown core! See photos of the site posted on Ziptrek's website, or click the photo for a larger view.
Check out our video taken Feb. 1st showing the Ziptrek crew testing out the line.
This unique endeavor will provide visitors the opportunity to experience the thrill and exhilaration of ziplining – brought to prominence in North America by Ziptrek’s flagship operation in Whistler. Switching the traditional backdrop of old growth forest, to cityscape, should prove to be an amazing and rare experience. Not to mention the fact it will be taking place at one of the key hubs of Olympic activity! This once-in-a-lifetime experience happens during the Olympics, and best of all it's free! The hours of operation are 10:00 am - 9:00 pm daily. Bring your camera and expect the line-ups to be around the corner! There are no age restrictions, but riders must weigh more than 65 pounds (29.5 kilograms). Organizers say they can accommodate about 1000 people per day. The lineups have been very long since this venue opened up...so be prepared to wait.
We're also aware that CTV News (official Olympic broadcast network) will be broadcasting their newscast live every evening 11 pm - 12 pm from Robson Street (beside their HQ). Hosts Bill Good and Pamela Martin will be on-hand nightly. In addition, Global TV will be broadcasting their newscasts from the rooftop of the Concord Pacific presentation centre. CBC News will be opening up their new downtown studios to the public every evening. They are located right across from LiveCity Downwown on Georgia Street.
If you are aware of a free or low-cost Olympic community related event happening somewhere in Metro Vancouver, please drop us a line at CityCaucus@gmail.com and we'll consider adding it to our growing list. Please include as much information about the event as possible. We hope you enjoy everything the Games has to offer Metro Vancouver and please consider sending a send a link of this page to your friends, family and colleagues. Help us to spread the word!!