Looking back at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Photo: Tourism Vancouver.

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler.

For 16 days, from Feb. 12-28 2010, the city welcomed visitors and celebrated with street parties, pavilions, cultural activities and of course the Games themselves.

The event brought a then-unprecedented number of people and media attention to the city. The opening and closing ceremonies introduced the world to a wealth of Canadian talent. Canadian athletes won a total of 26 medals, including 14 gold medals, seven silver medals, and five bronze medals. The gold medal haul set a historic record, as it was the most any nation had ever received at the Winter Olympics. The 2010 Games also marked the first time Canada won an Olympic gold medal on home soil thanks to freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau at Cypress Mountain.

Here’s a look at the legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and how they changed the city forever. You can also scroll down to find out where and how to celebrate the anniversary of the Games on Feb. 22.

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Looking back at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour is the perfect neighbourhood to explore on two wheels (Tourism Vancouver/Hubert Kang).

Although Coal Harbour is situated in central downtown, the neighbourhood is surprisingly quiet. Starting at Canada Place and stretching towards Stanley Park, Coal Harbour is bordered by Burrard Inlet to the north and West Georgia Street to the south. The district encompasses a fairly even mix of business and residential buildings, and is marked by residents and visitors strolling the seawall, lounging at cozy cafes and restaurants, snapping selfies against a scenic marina backdrop and waving hello to cute-as-buttons harbour seals.

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Coal Harbour

Support Gender Equality and Celebrate Summer at Culture Night

Support gender equality at Culture Night!

Part of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, Culture Night invites the public to mix and mingle with international delegates attending the world’s biggest conference on gender quality. The free event takes place June 5, between 5.30pm and 9.30pm at Jack Poole Plaza.

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Support Gender Equality and Celebrate Summer at Culture Night

Vancouver Christmas Market Boasts over 75 Vendors for this Year’s Festivities

Vancouver Christmas Market 2017

The Vancouver Christmas Market transforms Jack Poole Plaza into a holiday wonderland.

There are just 40 days left until Christmas! If you’re already feeling the holiday spirit and can’t wait to start decorating your tree, you’ll be excited to know that the Vancouver Christmas Market is setting up shop again from November 22 to December 24, 2017.

Based on the centuries-old tradition of Christkindlmarkts in Germany, the Vancouver Christmas Market brings a European-inspired Christmas village to Jack Poole Plaza for the holiday season. For 2017, the festive, family-favourite is back with one of its largest celebrations to date, boasting more than 75 huts full of sweets, treats, and treasures to enjoy – all with a glass of Glühwein (mulled wine) in hand!

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Vancouver Christmas Market Boasts over 75 Vendors for this Year’s Festivities

A Very Royal Visit to Vancouver

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Photo courtesy of Erik Rolfsen

Royal-Fever? Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza was absolutely on fire with it this morning. A well-behaved, captive audience waited patiently (yet super-excitedly)  for the 10:45 a.m. scheduled royal visit of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who landed in Coal Harbour at the site of the Olympic torch.  Continue reading:
A Very Royal Visit to Vancouver

The Vancouver Christmas Market Relocates to Jack Poole Plaza This November

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A treasured holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike, the Vancouver Christmas Market announced today that it will be moving from its original site at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza to its new, expansive seaside home at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron). Running November 26 – December 30, 2016, the city’s signature yuletide celebration will expand its revelry with more than 50,000 square feet of space and over 70 huts in which to savour the abundance of authentic German flavours.

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The Vancouver Christmas Market Relocates to Jack Poole Plaza This November

3rd Annual Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Live Symphony Performance, Aug 4

photo: pci-group.com

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PCI and Ledcor are excited to present the 3rd Annual VMO Live Symphony Performance – a free, family-friendly summer evening of live music inspired by the classics and iconic pop culture.

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3rd Annual Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Live Symphony Performance, Aug 4