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Where to Sleep

Not surprisingly, and with the Olympics just around the corner, room inventory is filling up fast, but there are nontraditional accommodations still available. And these alternatives to hotels are also great to keep in mind even after the Games are long over.

Check with Vancouver's Hostelling International properties, both located downtown on Burnaby Street and on Granville Street, for information on booking rooms between February 5 and March 2.

Vacation homes are still hot commodities in Vancouver. Check out resources like EMRVacationRentals.com, Rent2010.com, and HomefortheGames.com, which is matching vacation renters with homeowners and actually donating proceeds to charity.

And if you're really eager to get to Vancouver during the Games, consider staying in…Washington State! Amtrak has added a second departure from the nearby town of Bellingham and has daily service from Seattle. So you can easily stay in Washington, take the train into Vancouver in the morning, and return in the evening.

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