Going To The Vancouver Games? Travel Smart!
The Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee (VANOC) is encouraging spectators going to this year’s Olympic Winter Games, without prearranged transport to the competition venues, to Travel Smart. Getting to and from an Olympic venue at Games time is always a little different because of the unique nature of the Olympic Games. This is why all spectators should know before they go how they are going to arrive and depart from the venue(s) where they will see the world’s best athletes compete.
There is no spectator parking at any Olympic venue, so the best option is to use public transport or to walk to the venue. VANOC and its local transportation partners have created a website called www.travelsmart2010.ca, which can help you find the most up-to-date information and the best way to access your venue by public transport. The venues in Vancouver include: BC Place (Ceremonies), Canada Hockey Place (Ice Hockey), Richmond Olympic Oval (Speed skating), Pacific Coliseum (Figure Skating & Short Track), UBC Thunderbird Arena (Ice Hockey), and the Vancouver Olympic Centre (Curling). Fans can also refer to the spectator guide that arrived with their event tickets or check out Vancouver2010.com.
From Vancouver to Whistler
There is no spectator parking at any Olympic venue, so fans travelling up for the day to Whistler or Cypress to see an event will find that the Olympic Bus Network (OBN) will be the fastest and most convenient way of accessing the Olympic venues of Whistler Creekside (Alpine Skiing), Whistler Olympic Park (Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, & Biathlon), and Whistler Sliding Centre (Bobsleigh, Skeleton, & Luge), as well as the venue of Cypress Mountain (Freestyle Skiing & Snowboard). A ticket on the OBN will reserve you a round trip seat from Vancouver to your venue and back at a specified time. All spectators going to an event at Cypress must travel on the OBN no matter where their journey originates. Spectators going to the mountain venues are encouraged to pre-book their trip now, so as to guarantee their departure time and not risk missing the start of their competition (A free phone number is available for more information on the OBN; within Canada/USA: +1 866 957 3774; the rest of the world: +1 866 330 7275; or you can check out www.travelsmart.ca or the spectator guide at www.vancouver2010.com for more information)
For fans staying in Whistler and attending events there, the venues can be accessed by BC transit (Creekside and Sliding Centre) or the Whistler Olympic Park Express shuttle (Olympic Park) from designated stops within Whistler Village. If you’re in Whistler and plan to attend events in either Vancouver or Cypress Mountain, you’ll need to make your own way to Vancouver (a number of public transport options exist). Then you can use public transport to access the venues or the OBN to access Cypress Mountain.
Vancouver and Whistler will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games from 12 to 28 February 2010 and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from 12 to 21 March 2010. The seven winter Olympic sports that will be on show in Vancouver are luge, skiing, skating, ice hockey, biathlon, bobsleigh and curling.