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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.

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 starts Nov 14, 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 (GM Place), 800 Griffiths Way (take SkyTrain to Stadium station - the arena is across the street).
  • 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

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