Where to catch the Olympic spirit in Vancouver during London 2012
Two years ago, athletes and spectators from around the world gathered in Vancouver to take part in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This year, we passed the torch to London but are still mad about the Games. Join us in cheering on the world’s top athletes at the following local spots.
Red Card Sports Bar:
900 Seymour Street
$5 pints of Stanley Park Brewery Amber Ale and $10 lunch specials throughout the London 2012 Summer games. In addition, each of the sports bar’s 18 TVs will broadcast different Olympic events.
Vancouver Foodie Tours:
170 – 422 Richards Street
Food tours will include culinary-themed anecdotes about London and how British food culture has impacted Vancouver’s culinary scene.
Prestons (The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel):
1177 West Pender Street
Olympics events will be televised in the bar from 6.30am through to closing.
BC Sports Hall of Fame:
Gate A of BC Place Stadium
777 Pacific Boulevard
Display cases in the Hall of Champions now feature artifacts representing B.C.’s long history of involvement with the Summer Games, including medals, uniforms and London 1948 souvenirs.
Vancouver Recreation Centres:
Community centres around Vancouver, including Douglas Park, Kitsilano, Kensington and Kerrisdale, will televise the Summer Games in their lobby or games rooms for the duration of the London Olympics. On Saturday, July 28, Creekside Community Centre will feature footage from previous Olympic Games along with interactive activities like torch and button making, sports competitions for kids and caricature illustration. On August 3, Strathcona Community Centre will hold an Olympics-themed day camp with obstacle courses, Taiko drummers and a barbecue.
The Summer Games will be broadcast live on big screens in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Guests can also explore legacy venues from the 2010 Winter Olympics, including the Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park and Olympic Plaza.
Lululemon’s Seawheeze Community Events:
Saturday, August 11
Vancouver Convention Centre, David Lam Park, Kitsilano, English Bay
Celebrate the end of the Summer Olympics with hundreds of runners from around North America competing in Lululemon’s SeaWheeze half marathon. Lululemon-hosted community events taking place around the city include the Canadiana Zoo (popcorn and entertainment at David Lam Park); the World’s Largest Cheer Station (complimentary pancakes and pom-poms at West 4th from the corner of Cypress to Yew) and a morning luau (ukuleles and leis at English Bay, in front of Cactus Club restaurant).
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