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.
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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 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.
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.
VANOC has been releasing tickets for sale to Canadian residents in phases. The next phase starts Nov 14, 2009. Tickets can be purchased online through the Vancouver 2010 website  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.
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  for non-Canadians wishing to travel to Canada.
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.
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).
All the various ways of getting around Vancouver are described in the Vancouver article. This section describes specific transportation issues relating to the Olympics.
Don't expect to get around Vancouver quickly while the Olympics are on. The sheer volume of visitors combined with road restrictions are very likely going to slow down vehicle traffic and public transit. Buses and trains will run more frequently during the Olympics to compensate, but plan ahead and give yourself lots of time to make it to your destination.
If going to an Olympic venue, it is highly recommended to use the Translink public transit system. In fact, it's almost mandatory. No Olympic venues have public parking available and some venues, like Whistler and Cypress Mountain, will have limited car access. Olympic venues are generally located close to SkyTrain stations and bus stops and some venues will have express shuttles connecting to specific SkyTrain stations.
Olympic Bus Network
Shuttle buses, called the Olympic Bus Network, will run from various pick-up spots in Vancouver, Burnaby and North Vancouver to Cypress Mountain and Whistler. Seats are round-trip and must be booked in advance with tickets for sale on-line from Nov 24, 2009. Round-trip tickets, not including taxes or admin fees, will cost:
Cypress Mountain - $12 if purchased by Jan 3, 2010; $24 if purchased after
Whistler - $25 if purchased by Jan 3, 2010; $50 if purchased after
Not all venues have the same pick-up spots, so please be aware of where you need to go to board your bus. Departure spots for the venues are:
Cypress Mountain - Lonsdale Quay and Capilano University in North Vancouver, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby
Whistler Creekside - Langara College (100 W 49th Ave) in Vancouver
Whistler Olympic Park - BCIT (3700 Willingdon Ave) in Burnaby
Whistler Sliding Centre - BCIT in Burnaby and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver
All departure spots have easy access to public transit. With the exception of Lonsdale Quay, they also have parking available if you wish to drive or carpool.
The Olympic Bus Network is only available to Olympic event ticket holders.
Olympic Line Streetcar
From Jan 21, 2010 to Mar 21, 2010, a streetcar will connect Granville Island with the Olympic Village station on the Canada Line. Streetcars will run every 6-12 minutes and will be free.
BC Place, 777 Pacific Blvd (take SkyTrain to Stadium station and head south on Beatty St for two blocks), ☎ +1 604 669-2300. Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Canada Hockey Place (GM Place), 800 Griffiths Way (take SkyTrain to Stadium station - the arena is across the street). Hockey
Cypress Mountain, top of Cypress Bowl Rd (take the Olympic Bus Network from Lonsdale Quay, Capilano University or SFU Burnaby Campus), . Snowboard and Freestyle skiing events
Pacific Coliseum, corner of E Hastings and Renfrew (take SkyTrain to either the Renfrew or 29th Ave station and transfer to the Games Express bus (direct link to the venue)). Figure skating and Short Track speed skating
Richmond Olympic Oval, River Rd & Hollybridge Way (take Canada Line to Aberdeen or Lansdowne stations and head east towards the Fraser River), ☎ +1 778 296-1400, . Speed skating (long track)
UBC Thunderbird Arena, Westbrook Mall (take the 99 B-Line bus to the UBC Bus Loop). Hockey
Vancouver Olympic Centre/Vancouver Paralympic Centre, Dinmont Ave (take the Canada Line to King Edward station, walk two blocks east to Columbia Ave, turn right and follow to Dinmont Ave). Curling
Whistler Creekside, (events accessed from Creekside Gondola). Alpine skiing events
Whistler Olympic Park/Whistler Paralympic Park, (from Vancouver: take the Olympic Bus Network from BCIT; from Whistler: take the Whistler Olympic Park Express from various points in town). Ski Jumping, Biathlon, Cross-Country skiing and Nordic Combined
Whistler Sliding Centre, (from Vancouver: take the Olympic Bus Network from either BCIT or Lonsdale Quay). Bobsled, Luge and Skeleton