Photo: Tourism British Columbia
No Tickets? No Problem
Recently opened to great fanfare, Robson Square's outdoor ice rink is located in the heart of downtown. The newly renovated space is a permanent Vancouver fixture that's temporarily been renamed GE Plaza Ice Rink and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It's entirely free (skate rentals are $3).
And while there are no Olympic events in nearby Surrey—located about 45 minutes east of downtown—this city is having its own 13-day party. Located at the end of Canada's light-rail SkyTrain line, Surrey's Holland Park, a 24-acre city park, will host musical performances, winter sports and four giant screens that will broadcast the Games. The can't-miss highlight event will be the RCMP Musical Ride, a military precision drill team comprised of Canadian Mounties on horseback.
Not to be overlooked, Whistler Olympic Park will be home to alpine and cross-country skiing, luge, skeleton and bobsled events. Here, spectators can wander through six Whistler Live! sites, including Whistler Medals Plaza, Village Square and Skiers Plaza, for live broadcasts and celebrations.