- Skate at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The Richmond Oval, where the speed skating took place during the 2010 Winter Games, begins its transformation into a public recreation faciity on April 1 and is scheduled for completion in the fall of ’10. It will include multiple skating rinks, ball courts and a first-class fitness center.
- Ski and snowboard on Cypress Mountain. As the home of Canada’s first gold medal of the 2010 Winter Games, visitors can ski and snowboard the Olympic runs on Cypress Mountain. If you don’t do snow, enjoy the cuisine and views from Grouse Mountain lodge where NBC’s Today show was broadcast during the Olympics.
- Swim at the Vancouver Olympic Centre. Home to both Olympic and Paralympic curling events, the Vancouver Olympic Centre will house a new community aquatic centre and library once during its transformation in the coming months. Some curling sheets will remain.
- Pose for a photo at the Olympic Cauldron. The Olympic and Paralympic Cauldron will remain at Jack Poole Plaza overlooking Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver. The inukshuk statue in English Bay will remain where it’s been since 1987, minus the giant red mittens that it sported during the Winter Games.
- Watch a hockey game. Attend a NHL Vancouver Canucks hockey game at GM Place (renamed Canada Hockey Place for the 2010 Winter Games), site of the Canadians winning gold in both men’s and women’s hockey. For a less expensive hockey experience, catch the Vancouver Giants at Pacific Coliseum (Olympic figure skating and short track speed skating venue) or the UBC Thunderbirds at Thunderbird Arena (Olympic women’s hockey and Paralympic sledge hockey venue).
- Discover an Olympic neighborhood. The first tenants of Vancouver’s newest neighborhood were the Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Millennium Water at Southeast False Creek was the site of the Vancouver Olympic Village. Walk the False Creek seawall from Science World toward Granville Island and check out the new community center, public spaces and the historic Salt Building that will soon be converted into a restaurant.
Hotel Bargains: Room rates have plumetted post-Olympics, as I reported in this Examiner post.