It’s hard to believe that it’s already been almost a year since Sidney Crosby scored the goal heard ’round the world, capping Vancouver’s unforgettable Olympic Games. It sometimes seems like it was a dream, doesn’t it: the huge crowds on the streets, the endless parties, the days spent glued to the TV and the nightly victory celebrations at BC Place.
If you have fond memories of Vancouver’s moment in the Olympic spotlight, you’ll want to check out the one-year Olympic anniversary party held at various venues downtown on Saturday, Feb. 12. Here’s a rundown of what’s in store:
Robson Square: Just as during the Olympics, Robson Street will be closed to vehicles between Howe and Seymour, making the perfect setting for an impromptu, outdoor party zone. There will be free skating at the Robson ice rink, as well as free live music and entertainment all day.
Granville Street: The city will attempt to recapture some of the Olympic madness by closing off Granville Street to cars on Saturday and bringing back street hockey and all of those crazy dancing, juggling and heckling street performers. That Saturday also corresponds with the Lunar Festival Parade. A procession of lantern-toting revelers will make their way down Granville Street at 6 p.m. in honour of Lunar New Year (Check out the LunarFest website to see how you can participate).
Olympic Cauldron at Canada Place: If you’re feeling a bit chilly, stop by the Olympic Cauldron, which will be set blazing again at 4 p.m. (though not by Wayne Gretzky).
Vancouver Art Gallery: Free admission from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for the opening day of Vancouver artist Ken Lum’s installation of sculptural furniture.
Yaletown: The Illuminate Yaletown event – a free street party featuring spectacular light installations – will run from 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Olympic Village: The former ‘hood of Olympic athletes along False Creek will play host to a free family celebration at the new Creekside Community Centre. Activities from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. include a hockey sledge race, winter sports on Wii, pin trading and a big screen TV showing Olympic highlights.
For a complete run-down of activities in all of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods, check out this page on the City of Vancouver website.