Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics officially open today and World do we have a show for you! For most of us that live in Vancouver, there has been a flood of activity over the past few months. Construction, street closures and most lately transportation delays, reroutes, you name it! I thought I had seen it all when living in Sydney during the Summer Olympics of 2000…but I guess I had not! One of the really striking things in Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics is the number of free events planned throughout the lower mainland. Here are my top favorite 5 freebies…
1. BC Pavilion, Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Square, Robson & Howe Streets) This is the downtown hub for Olympic activity and live performances. Vancouver art gallery is open to visitors for free during the Olympics. You can skate at the GE Plaza open skating rink (skate rentals at $3). The International Media broadcasts will also take place from this venue. This location is also home to Ziptrek where visitors can zip midair six stories high over downtown Vancouver. Watch video. Quite amazing, I expect the lines to be long!
2. Celebration Village 2010 at the Edgewater Casino (750 Pacific Boulevard) Free daily entertainment and also features Chinese New Year festivities with lots of food vendors and shops.
3. Live City Yaletown will be abuzz with activity. Laser and waterworks show promises to be a treat. Water spurted high into the air will become a backdrop for a spectacular show. Watch video.
4. Granville Island has been transformed into the French Quarter. Visit it in heritage style by taking the shining new Bombardier street car from the Olympic Village Station on the Canada line. Watch video.
5. The state of the art will be demonstrated at the Ontario House (Concorde Place, Stadium Skytrain Station). Experience the power of innovation and imagination. Do the unthinkable and control the lights on CN tower and Niagara Falls! Watch video. Teg Brar

Free events Vancouver 2010