Vancouver Olympic Anniversary Events

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Although we’ll never be able to recreate the energy and excitement we saw on Vancouver’s streets during the 2010 Olympic Games, we can sure try! Below is a listing of the many events taking place to help you relive the memories.

The listing of events below was compiled by Venture Vancouver, and was originally used in error without providing proper credit. A big thanks to Venture Vancouver who  have kindly allowed us to publish it.


– February 12, 2011 I 9:30am – 11:30am
– Vancouver Convention Centre West 1055 Canada Place
– $55 (+HST) with signed book or $35 (+HST) without book
John Furlong launches his book about a riveting insider’s account of the 2010 Games and an extraordinary story of leadership, love of country and the ability to dream big | Website

– February 12, 2011
– 4:00pm
– Olympic Cauldron: Jack Poole Plaza, Thurlow Street at Canada Place Road, Vancouver (map)
– Free
Visit the Olympic Cauldron as its relit for the one year anniversary of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games! Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with the Cauldron and enjoy the festive atmosphere!

– February 3 – 13, 2011 [Lunar Parade: 5 &12: 6:00pm – 7:00pm]
– 4:00pm – 11:00pm
– Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza: West Georgia at Hornby Street, Vancouver (map)
– Free
Started in 2009 as a Vancouver Winter Olympics Legacy event, Lunar Fest sees hundreds of lanterns set up in a night time extravaganza which lights up the city! Don’t miss the the Lunar Fest Parade down Granville Street on February 12th!

– February 12, 2011
– 9:00am – 11:00pm
– Robson Square Ice Rink: Howe Street at Robson Street, Vancouver (map)
– Free – $3
Relive the Olympic Spirit at one of Vancouver’s most visited venues during the Games, the Robson Square Ice Rink! Activities commemorating the one year anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games will include free skating, visits by Olympic Athletes and performances!

– February 12, 2011
– 10:00am – 5:00pm
– Vancouver Art Gallery: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver (map)
– Free
Admission to the Art Gallery will be free on the one year anniversary of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games!

– February 12, 2011
– 11:00am – 3:00pm
– Creekside Community Centre: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver (map)
– Free
Celebrate the legacy of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games at Creekside with Olympic-themed activities such as a hockey sledge race, pin trading, memorabilia on display and highlights of the Games in the former Athletes Village!

– February 11 – 12, 2011
– 5:30pm – 11:00pm
– Yaletown, Vancouver (map)
– Free
Explore Yaletown’s historic streetscape during Illuminate Yaletown which features contemporary light art installations.


– February 11 & 12, 2011
– For times check Website
– John Lawson Park & West Vancouver Community Centre
– Free
The constellation of stars called Columba, meaning dove in Latin, will appear over West Vancouver in February. This festival will celebrate the winter season, peace, unity & togetherness in our community.


– February 12 – 28, 2011
– Cypress Mountain: 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver (map)
Cypress Mountain was the 2010 Winter Olympic Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing venue and for the one year anniversary the 2010 Winter Games the mountain will be offering fun events – To Be Added.

– February 12 – 13, 2011
– 12th: 8:00am – 13th: 10:00pm (schedule)
– Grouse Mountain: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver (map)
– Free – $55
Just like the Olympics, Grouse Mountain will remain open 24/7 with hockey games, skating, skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, night-ziplining, live music, a torch relay and a screening of the 2010 Gold Medal Hockey Game!


– February 12 – 13, 2011
– 12th: 11:00am – 7:00pm;
– 13th: 11:00am – 6:00pm
– Richmond Olympic Oval: 6111 River Road, Richmond (map)
– Free
Visit the 2010 Winter Olympic Speed Skating venue to celebrate one year since the Games with Olympic memorabilia on display, torchbearers, free public skating, sports, cultural presentations, entertainment and much more! Also, don’t miss the opportunity to meet (and skate with!) Olympic speed skating medallists Kristina Groves and Denny Morrison on February 12th!


– February 26, 2011
– 6:00pm – 7:00pm
– Central City
– Plaza: 13450 102 Ave, Surrey (map)
– Free
Commemorate the 2010 Winter Games at Surrey’s WinterFest with two toboggan hills, curling, street hockey, music, dance and ?reworks! Gates open at noon. Be sure to dress in red and white!


– February 11 – 13, 2011
– 10:00am – 6:00pm
– Whistler Village, British Columbia (map)
– Free
Whistler is bringing back the spirit of the Games with appearances by athletes, entertainment, culture, food and drink and ice sculptures! Dress in red and white and bring your Canadian pride!

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18 Responses to Vancouver Olympic Anniversary Events

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  2. CB

    Seriously thats it? Reallyyyyy?!?!
    Any given Saturday.
    Hit and a miss.

  3. James

    Woo Hoo! Everyone get to CB’s house! sounds like He-she is a really party animal. I’ll bring some dip CB!

  4. BC resident

    What a joke. Vanoc states we broke even — no where near the truth.
    Almost 1 billion owed to Vancouver Tax payers – likely never re-coupe anywhere near the full amount.
    1 billion in security costs – never re-couped.
    Billions spent on structures for the event – we will never see this money back.
    Let it rest. No need to re live the olympic hangover, what a waste of money that could have been put to better use. Whoopie !!! a couple week party for Gordy and Vanoc and guests. What a waste. No need to keep shoving this into the faces of the tax payers that had to foot the bill.

    • Vancouver resident

      Billions spent on structures – we will never see this money back… but we and our children and grandchildren will use and enjoy the structures for the next hundred years… but we’ll never see the money. Shame. Couple week long party for Gord and Vanoc? … and the rest of BC… and the rest of the world…

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  6. Julia Y

    Wow guys! We all live here, it’s an amazing city. Would you have given up the Olympics? Did you stay cooped up at home the whole time refusing to come out because of how laaame everything was? Did you refuse to buy anything to support your city? Right, sure.


    • Canandian Taxpayer

      Yeah I gave it up. I did not attend one event. Did not watch anything to do with the Olympics. Couldn’t be bothered. No I did not stay cooped up. I did everything I usually do. Got up every morning, went to work, my usual routine.
      Like I am going to stand in line for 8 hours for a free zip line or hours waiting to get into other events.
      I had better things to do with my time than to watch billions of taxpayers dollars being spent by Gordy, Furlong and Vanoc that will take decades to pay back. Yeah money well spent.

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  9. nico

    $35 +hst for a brekfast with JOHN FURLONG ??????

    hahahahahahahaa …………. go to work my friend!!!!!

  10. jason

    The Olympics were a blast. Sucks, that Vancouver is in a little debt because of it. However, this anniversary party is a complete joke. Free ice skating? Admission to our joke of a art gallery? LOL come on people…..How about bring Deadmau5 back, or a rocking band for a free outdoor show? Hey, have 5 different venues of free shows in each municipality. Who ever is in charge of planning this thing should be fired, citizenship revoked and promptly deported to some 3rd world nation like Pakistan and be put to work sewing soccer balls in a sweat shop for 12 hours a day 7 days a week. Falker out.

    • Vancity

      I have to agree, the organizers of this so called “Celebration” don’t have a clue what to do.

      I had fun playing hockey with my kids in the pouring rain … hmm, maybe the city could’ve had some tents set up since we knew it was going to rain like a hurricane three days ago!

      At least I dried out a bit, from the heat of the Olympic Cauldron which shut off at my bed time, 9 pm. Gee, thnx.

      Hello City of Vancouver … are you listening? Probably not.


      2010 Olympics Rocked!

      p.s. At least I can watch some Olympic dvd’s to celebrate and relive it, properly.

  11. jason

    Furthermore, to all you whiners and complainers about what a waste of money the OLYMPICS were, grow a set. That money would of just been wasted on free housing for some homeless loser who refuses to work. Even worse some bike lane that makes traffic even worse and more free ESL classes for some immigrant who has millions tucked away in the bank!

    • BC resident

      9 billion dollars to you is a little debt? Great, you and all the supporters of the Olympics can start writing cheques from your incomes to start paying back the money. Cost to put on the Olympics over 9 Billion dollars. This is a little debt?
      Quebec spent 30 years paying off the debt it racked up for the 1976 Montreal Summer Games. There’s no reason so far to expect that Vancouver will be any different.
      The taxpayers of British Columbia and Canada should have been provided with a referendum to vote on the Olympics.
      The mayor of Vancouver at the time first stated there would be a referendum but then changed it to a non binding plebiscite. How convenient, say one thing and do another, spoken like a true politiican.
      Why only allow the citizens of Vancouver to vote when taxpayers across this country had to foot the bill?
      Yeah I want these politicians and Vanoc to be in my corner with my finances, they did such a good job with the Olympics. –The security budget for the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia had been set at $900 million, more than five times the original $175 million estimate. If we include infrastructure and other Olympics-related costs, the total bill for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics is at least $9.2 billion
      although no one will know the final bill as the politicians will do everything to let the taxpayers know what the total bill will be.
      9 billion dollars later and the taxpayers were never given the opportunity to vote on spending this kind of tax dollars? I thought this was a democratic society — yeah right.
      Now lets spend more taxpayers money on an anniversary party.

  12. dsdynes

    Why was the cauldron not lit up Sat. night? Went to see it with the family and as we were walking down to see it the flame went out at 9pm-wow!
    Was that it? Not very impressive and sadly disappointing for so-called anniversary activities.

  13. KatintheHatt

    I wonder what was done in Whistler, BC for Outdoor Adventures Whistler as they are under investigation for killing 100 sled dogs just after the Olympics.

    Why would they shoot, slash the throats of 100 sled dogs they owned?

    Please go to for more info…!/AAOAW

  14. Outdoor Adventures Whister

    Did you know that Outdoor Adventures Whistler BC is under investigation for killing 100 sled dogs they owned.

    Was this due to the slow down just after the Olympics?

    SPCA investigators have their work cut out for them after the finger pointing has begun in the case of 100 sled dogs slaughtered in Whistler last April.

    A statement from Outdoor Adventures Whistler issued Monday morning (Jan. 31) indicates it was a separate company, Howling Dog Tours Whistler, that was behind the gruesome and inhumane killing of about 100 healthy dogs. Some dogs were shot while others had their throats slashed before the dogs were piled into a mass grave.

    Joey Houssian, the 34-year-old owner of Outdoor Adventures, the Whistler company that is the focus of worldwide condemnation after 100 sled dogs were slaughtered mid-April, said he accepts “moral responsibility” for what happened.

    But, he said, he is hoping the horrific details of a leaked WorkSafeBC report are not true.

    Details in the Jan. 25, 2011 workers’ compensation review report describe Fawcett killing the frightened, chained dogs in front of each other either by shooting them and in some cases slitting their throats, then burying them in a mass grave, were just made public last week. It was noted in that review report the employer did not contest Fawcett’s statutory declaration.

    About 300 dogs were in the area when he started shooting, and the dogs began to panic. He wasn’t able to achieve clean kills because of the chaos, so dogs had multiple gun shot wounds and some animals were still alive when they were thrown into the mass grave, she said. Dogs that weren’t slated to be killed were accidentally hit with bullets that passed through other animals.