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6 days 7.5 hours to go – Whistler, a walkabout and more

February 6, 2010

It is a gorgeous and sunny day here in Vancouver, and even reasonably cool at 5 degrees C outside.  The sunrise this morning lit up the bridges and buildings on Granville Island.  The ferries are chugging along through False Creek.  Dragon boats are out practicing – maybe even the dragon boat that will help to carry the Olympic Torch between Granville Island and David Lam Park on the day of the Opening Ceremonies.  Gosh this is a wonderful city to be in!

Another beautiful morning in Vancouver!

Olympic Spirit is building in the city and in the province and it is wonderful to be a part of that.  From everything I’ve heard, the energy in Whistler last night when the Olympic Torch arrived was electric!  More than 10,000 people out to the celebration site to see the Cauldron lit.  It is truly wonderful and exciting.  I didn’t get to be there but here are a couple of photos from my friend Rob who did get to be there.

Tamara Taggart with a gaggle of very excited fans! – photo courtesy of Rob S.
Big crowds at the Torch Celebration in Whistler! – photo courtesy of Rob S.

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Seems that a few of us are getting together for an impromptu Vancouver 2010 walkabout.  If you would like to see a bit of what’s happening in Vancouver and have some free time this afternoon meet us down at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line station at 2pm today (Saturday, February 6).  I’ll be wearing a white Torch Relay hoodie and my orange and blue Mukmuk toque.  Where we go will depend on what people would like to see but I would love to walk past LiveCity Yaletown, Concord Place and the Sochi 2014Russky Dom at Science World.  Hope to see you there!

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Some exciting events in the next few days:

The Irish House (at Seymour and Nelson) has a soft opening on Monday, February 8 (by invite only I believe) but then will be open to the public!  On the 11th it will be blessed by the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller.  This is going to be a great place to be and is family friendly during the day!

The House of Switzerland Vancouver opened last night and has a great energy about it!  Check it out and if there’s a table, stop by for a meal or snack!  Actually, looking at their site the House of Switzerland Whistler opened too!

Canada’s Northern House is already open and well worth a visit!  When you’re there don’t forget to enter to win a prize from the north.  They have a gold nugget, a diamond and an art tapestry available to be won!  I will be going back to check out the activities and to enter my name in this contest!

It looks like most other National and Provincial Houses won’t be open until sometime between the 11th – 13th but those are going to be some crazy, busy, wildly fun days so get ready!

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I’m off to get a few chores done before the walkabout at 2pm.  Thank you merci for reading and sharing!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. smwoodz permalink
    February 6, 2010 12:10 pm

    Hi Andrea,
    I hope to join you on your walk about today, but also wanted to let you and your readers know about daily free walking tours I’m offering starting February 8th. Myself and a group of local tour guides are offering free tours to highlight the events & pavilions, introduce the history of our city, share in some interesting stories and meet people from around the globe.

    Details on our walks are at

    I hope to see you at 2.



    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 8, 2010 12:14 am

      Sorry we didn’t see you Steve but your free walking tours sound great! I’m sure you’ll be very busy!
      Happy Olympics! – Andrea

  2. Bob permalink
    February 6, 2010 7:39 pm

    For the first time today I really felt the vibe in downtown Vancouver. It was a gorgeous day that brought thousands of pe0ple walking the streets! The Olympic Superstore was doing humming with shoppers. Vancouver is now truly an Olympic City!!!
    Be sure to pick up a 2010 Sheep at Sleep Country on Granville near Future Shop. A minimum $10 donation to Children Hospital gets you one … get yourself a cute souvenir and support a great cause at the same time! A win, win!!
    And don’t forget, everyone who donates blood this month gets a Canadian Blood Services 2010 pin. They are very nice … a gold shaped blood drop with a Canadian Maple Leaf in the right hand corner inscribed 2010.

  3. Bob permalink
    February 6, 2010 7:43 pm

    Also, Tuesday February 9th marks the start of the Coke Cola photo 2010 pin. They take a photo of you with the torch and stick it on a lapel pin! Give them until noon that day to get fully set up.

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 8, 2010 12:10 am

      OH! I want one of those! I hope I make it in on time and that the lines aren’t too long!
      Thanks Bob! As always you have wonderful information!

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