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Where to Watch the Winter Olympic Games

With just days until the 2010 Winter Olympics begin, I’m starting to get really excited! But if you are ticket-less (like me), fear not! There will be plenty of free sites buzzing with activity where you can watch the Games and enjoy the festivities!

Here’s what’s on my radar:

LiveCity Downtown/Yaletown: Between the two sites – one in Yaletown and the other steps from BC Place and Canada Hockey Place – I should definitely be entertained. Giant TV screens will be set up and broadcast live coverage of the Games, yummy food and drink will be available and live music will be playing every night. Even before the Games start there will be activity: I’m going to be making my way to LiveCity Yaletown this Thursday for the arrival of the Olympic torch!

Robson Square: Take your pick between ice skating outside, zip-lining high over the cityscape or pondering Leonardo DaVinci’s “Mechanics of Man” exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Oh, and did I mention that all are free? (Skate rentals are $3.00.)

Richmond O Zone: If you don’t mind a little travel, hop on the Canada Line Skytrain to head out to this celebration site. I’m planning on checking out the Holland Heineken House (the nation house of the Netherlands) for some beer; the ice carving competitions – and subsequently funky ice art sculptures; trying a hand at bobsleigh (in virtual reality, of course); and all the fantastic live entertainment.

But if none of those suit your fancy, lots of bars and restaurants will be broadcasting the Games. So grab a bite to eat, replenish yourself with some beer and sit back and enjoy the Games.

Live City Downtown: corner of Georgia and Beatty; LiveCity Yaletown, corner of Pacific Blvd and Drake; Robson Square: corner of Robson and How; Richmond O Zone, Minoru Park, 7191 Granville Ave.

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Taken on February 8, 2010