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''It should be read together with the articles of the host cities.''
  
The '''2010 Winter Olympic Games''' will be held in [[Vancouver]].
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The '''2010 Winter Olympics''', officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games or the 21st Winter Olympics, will take place in [[Vancouver]], [[British Columbia]], [[Canada]].  The games begin February 12, 2010 and the closing ceremonies will be held on February 28.  Both the Olympic and Paralympic Games are being organized by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC).
The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games or the 21st Winter Olympics, will take place in 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  The games begin February 12th and the closing ceremonies will be held on February 28th.  Both the Olympic and Paralympic Games are being organized by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC).
 
  
 
The 2010 Winter Olympics will be the third Olympics hosted by Canada, and the first by the province of British Columbia. Previously, Canada was home to the 1976 Summer Olympics in [[Montreal]] and the 1988 Winter Olympics in [[Calgary]].
 
The 2010 Winter Olympics will be the third Olympics hosted by Canada, and the first by the province of British Columbia. Previously, Canada was home to the 1976 Summer Olympics in [[Montreal]] and the 1988 Winter Olympics in [[Calgary]].
  
==Get in==
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== Host Cities ==
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Vancouver is the focus of the 2010 Olympics, but the events are spread across the British Columbia's [[Lower Mainland]].
  
===By plane===
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* [[Vancouver]] - The largest city in the region and host of the hockey, curling, figure skating and short track speed skating events.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is Canada's second largest airport and is serviced by most major airlines providing daily flights connecting Vancouver with major cities across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  
 
  
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* [[Richmond (British Columbia)|Richmond]] - Suburban city immediately south of Vancouver.  It will host the long track speed skating events.
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* [[North Shore (British Columbia)|West Vancouver]] - Suburban city north-west of Vancouver in the North Shore mountains.  It will host the snowboarding and some of the skiing events.
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* [[Whistler]] - Popular ski resort and year round holiday destination 1.5 hours north of Vancouver.  It will host the alpine skiing, cross country skiing, ski jumping and sliding events.
  
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== Prepare ==
  
*[http://www.aircanada.com/ Air Canada]
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=== Tickets ===
*[http://www.flyjazz.ca/ Air Canada Jazz]
 
*[http://www.airnewzealand.com/ Air New Zealand]
 
*[http://www.airtransat.com/ Air Transat]
 
*[http://www.aa.com/ American Airlines]
 
*[http://www.britishairways.com/ British Airways]
 
*[http://www.cathaypacific.com/ Cathay Pacific]
 
*[http://www.flycma.com/ Central Mountain Air]
 
*[http://www.jal.com/ Japan Airlines]
 
*[http://www.koreanair.com/ Korean Air]
 
*[http://www.lufthansa.com/ Lufthansa]
 
*[http://www.united.com/ United Airlines]
 
*[http://www.westjet.com/ WestJet]
 
  
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VANOC has been releasing tickets for sale to '''Canadian residents''' in phases.  The next phase is expected to begin in the fall of 2009. Tickets can be purchased online through the Vancouver 2010 website [http://www.vancouver2010.com] or through the ticketing call center (1-800-842-5387).
  
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'''International ticket sales''' (for anyone living outside Canada) occur through the official ticket agent of each country's National Olympic Committee.  A list of official ticket agents is available on the Vancouver 2010 International Ticket Sales site.
  
Abbostsford International Airport (70km east of Vancouver) and Bellingham International Airport 60km south of Vancouver in Washington State) are reliever airports to YVR. 
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Each venue will also have a box office that may have tickets for sale starting on the first day of competition at that venue.
*[http://www.aircanada.com/ Air Canada]
 
*[http://www.westjet.com/ WestJet]
 
  
*[http://www.allegiantair.com/ Allegiant Air (Bellingham)]
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=== Visas ===
  
===By rail===
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Citizens of some countries will need to obtain a visa before entering Canada. This has to be done in advance, from your home country, as visas cannot be purchased upon arrival at a Canadian airport or land crossing.  Further information is available on the [[Canada#Get in|Canada]] page.  The Canadian government maintains an informative website [http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp] for non-Canadians wishing to travel to Canada.
Vancouver is not well served by rail.   If you wish to take the train there is limited service within Canada provided by [http://www.viarail.com/ Via Rail].  Daily scheduled service is provided by [http://www.amtrak.com/ Amtrak] between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, BC.
 
  
===By road===
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=== Accommodation ===
'''Warning if you plan on driving into British Columbia from the United States during the 2010 Olympics be prepared for extremely long border delays (2-3 hour waits)'''
 
  
Getting to and around Vancouver by car during the Olympics is not recommended all of the venues are easily accessible by transit.    Traffic in Metro Vancouver is always heavy and traffic during the Olympics is forecast to be especially bad.   Parking will be hard to find as only limited parking exists and much of that will be reserved for athletes and officials from the IOC and mediaThe highway between Whistler and Vancouver will be open only to residential traffic, public transportation, VIP's and official vehicles.
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There are plenty of accommodation options in [[Vancouver]], [[Whistler]] and the [[Lower Mainland|surrounding area]]. However, as with any special event, accommodation should be booked well in advance of arrivingRooms will be scarce and expensive during the Olympic period.
  
If you do plan to brave the road Vancouver has two major highways, HWY99 and HWY1.   If you plan to enter Metro Vancouver from the United States you will most likely use HWY99 (known as I5 in the USA).  Be prepared for lengthy delays.    If you are visiting Vancouver from another part of Canada you will travel through the lower mainland on HWY1 (the TransCanada HWY).
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== Get in ==
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Vancouver will be the main entry point for Olympic visitors with air, road and rail links. For further information, please see the [[Vancouver#Get in|Vancouver]] article.  
  
===By bus===
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If driving across the border from the [[United States of America|United States]], there are four border crossings in the area that are described in more detail on the [[Lower Mainland]] page. '''''If you plan on driving into British Columbia from the United States during the 2010 Olympics be prepared for extremely long border delays (2-3 hour waits).'''''
[http://www.greyhound.ca/ Greyhound] provides frequent bus service to cities across British Columbia and Canada.  [http://www.quickcoach.ca/ Quick Coach] provides fast and frequent bus service between Seattle and Vancouver (including airports SeaTac, Bellingham & YVR) and usually avoids much of the border congestion.
 
  
==Get around==
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== Get around ==
Use public transportation.  All the Olympic venues have good access to public transportation and will be serviced by rapid bus or Vancouver's Metro system known as Skytrain.   Skytrain connects downtown Vancouver with many major destinations such as YVR, Olympic Stadium, Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver Olympic Village, the International Broadcast centre and the Richmond Skating Oval.
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You can try driving around Vancouver during the Olympics, but it is '''highly recommended to use public transportation'''.  All the Olympic venues have good access to public transportation and there will be limited or no public parking available.  Additionally, a number of roads will be closed during the Olympics while others will have less capacity than normal due to dedicated bus lanes.  Vancouver's public transit system is managed by '''Translink''' [http://www.translink.bc.ca] and is fully described in the [[Vancouver]] article.
  
*[http://www.translink.bc.ca/ Visit Translink for more information on the public transport of Metro Vancouver.]
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== Venues ==
  
==See==
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* BC Place
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* Canada Hockey Place
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* Cypress Mountain
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* Pacific Coliseum
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* Richmond Olympic Oval
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* UBC Thunderbird Arena
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* Vancouver Olympic Centre/Vancouver Paralympic Centre
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* Whistler Creekside
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* Whistler Olympic Park/Whistler Paralympic Park
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* Whistler Sliding Centre
  
*The opening ceremonies
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== See and Do ==
*Alpine skiing
 
*Biathlon
 
*Bobsleigh
 
*Cross-country skiing
 
*Curling
 
*Figure skating
 
*Freestyle skiing
 
*Ice hockey
 
*Luge
 
*Nordic combined
 
*Short track speed skating
 
*Skeleton
 
*Ski jumping
 
*Snowboarding
 
*Speed skating
 
*The closing ceremonies
 
  
==Do==
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* Olympic events
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* Victory ceremonies
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* Public sites
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* Pavilions
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
==Eat==
 
  
==Drink==
 
  
==Sleep==
 
 
==Get out==
 
 
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Revision as of 19:55, 8 August 2009

    This article is a travel topic

It should be read together with the articles of the host cities.

The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games or the 21st Winter Olympics, will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The games begin February 12, 2010 and the closing ceremonies will be held on February 28. Both the Olympic and Paralympic Games are being organized by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC).

The 2010 Winter Olympics will be the third Olympics hosted by Canada, and the first by the province of British Columbia. Previously, Canada was home to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Host Cities

Vancouver is the focus of the 2010 Olympics, but the events are spread across the British Columbia's Lower Mainland.

  • Vancouver - The largest city in the region and host of the hockey, curling, figure skating and short track speed skating events.
  • Richmond - Suburban city immediately south of Vancouver. It will host the long track speed skating events.
  • West Vancouver - Suburban city north-west of Vancouver in the North Shore mountains. It will host the snowboarding and some of the skiing events.
  • Whistler - Popular ski resort and year round holiday destination 1.5 hours north of Vancouver. It will host the alpine skiing, cross country skiing, ski jumping and sliding events.

Prepare

Tickets

VANOC has been releasing tickets for sale to Canadian residents in phases. The next phase is expected to begin in the fall of 2009. Tickets can be purchased online through the Vancouver 2010 website [1] or through the ticketing call center (1-800-842-5387).

International ticket sales (for anyone living outside Canada) occur through the official ticket agent of each country's National Olympic Committee. A list of official ticket agents is available on the Vancouver 2010 International Ticket Sales site.

Each venue will also have a box office that may have tickets for sale starting on the first day of competition at that venue.

Visas

Citizens of some countries will need to obtain a visa before entering Canada. This has to be done in advance, from your home country, as visas cannot be purchased upon arrival at a Canadian airport or land crossing. Further information is available on the Canada page. The Canadian government maintains an informative website [2] for non-Canadians wishing to travel to Canada.

Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation options in Vancouver, Whistler and the surrounding area. However, as with any special event, accommodation should be booked well in advance of arriving. Rooms will be scarce and expensive during the Olympic period.

Get in

Vancouver will be the main entry point for Olympic visitors with air, road and rail links. For further information, please see the Vancouver article.

If driving across the border from the United States, there are four border crossings in the area that are described in more detail on the Lower Mainland page. If you plan on driving into British Columbia from the United States during the 2010 Olympics be prepared for extremely long border delays (2-3 hour waits).

Get around

You can try driving around Vancouver during the Olympics, but it is highly recommended to use public transportation. All the Olympic venues have good access to public transportation and there will be limited or no public parking available. Additionally, a number of roads will be closed during the Olympics while others will have less capacity than normal due to dedicated bus lanes. Vancouver's public transit system is managed by Translink [3] and is fully described in the Vancouver article.

Venues

  • BC Place
  • Canada Hockey Place
  • Cypress Mountain
  • Pacific Coliseum
  • Richmond Olympic Oval
  • UBC Thunderbird Arena
  • Vancouver Olympic Centre/Vancouver Paralympic Centre
  • Whistler Creekside
  • Whistler Olympic Park/Whistler Paralympic Park
  • Whistler Sliding Centre

See and Do

  • Olympic events
  • Victory ceremonies
  • Public sites
  • Pavilions

Buy