From the 2010 Winter Games to grass-root competitions, Vancouver provides a world-class sports experience for athletes and spectators alike. Our city has a proven track record of hosting successful regional, national and international events with great style, enthusiasm and professionalism. We invite you to host your event in Vancouver to see for yourself, that Vancouver is serious about sports!
Athletes and spectators from around the world gathered in Vancouver and the alpine resort of Whistler in 2010 to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Leading up to the Games Vancouver were a myriad of international events, including test events in all winter Olympic disciplines.
Vancouver is an acknowledged world leader in creating unparalleled international event experiences. From sporting events to world congresses, Vancouver welcomes the world and sets the benchmark for others to follow. These accomplishments lent credibility to Vancouver's successful bid to stage the 2010 Games.
Vancouver offers premier sports facilities with the capacity to host a wide range of events at any level. Vancouver's International Airport has consistently been rated as one of North America's top airports in passenger satisfaction. In addition to the leading edge Meeting and convention facilities, a $565 million expansion project was completed that more than tripled the size of the meeting space. Close to 500,000 square feet (45,690 square meters) of meeting, exhibit and function space is now available in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Vancouver has a range of accommodation offerings from budget hotels to AAA five diamond properties. A great walking city, Vancouver is considered clean, green and safe.
Vancouver enjoys a reputation as being one of the most accessible cities in the world among travelers living with special needs. Vancouver leads the way in making the area a more livable place for people with disabilities through its progressive
No matter what the event, volunteers in Vancouver lend their time and support wherever and whenever it is needed. In fact, some 42,000 individuals have already registered to volunteer in 2010.
The city caters to all interests year-round, with great shopping, gourmet dining and live entertainment that includes professional sports, live theater and concert performances. Outdoor adventures range from hiking, golfing, sailing, diving, fishing, whale watching, off roading or even white water rafting.
Enhance your sport event experience by taking advantage of the incredible pre and post opportunities throughout British Columbia. Vancouver is the launching point for cruising to Alaska or Victoria, BC's capital city. We're also the gateway to Okanagan wine country, the stunning Canadian Rockies and Whistler/Blackcomb -- North America's top-rated ski destination.
Canada has a very favourable exchange rate making Vancouver a truly affordable and excellent value for a world-class experience.
Our mild west coast climate makes Vancouver a natural outdoor playground year-round, offering ideal competitive conditions for all sports!