Yesterday the federal and provincial government announced that they will be providing additional funding to help promote the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics. That is a wonderful idea as the Paralympics hardly get the recognition and attention they deserve. Think about it for a second, these athletes overcome many hurdles in life to excel at sport. To put things into perspective, we have able bodied individuals who refuse to work for a living.
- Robson Square Zip Line: Mar 12 to 21st (10am to 9pm) Those of you who endured long lineups once again have a chance at trying the zip line. This time I think the lineups will be shorter. The hours of operation remain the same as of press time. This was by far the most popular of the free attractions.
- Skating at GE Plaza/Robson Square: Bring the whole family down for some skating in Downtown Vancouver. Don’t have skates? No problem, they have rentals for $3.
- Free Admission to the Vancouver Art Gallery
- Nightly Fireworks Show at Robson Square: Every night at 9:30pm the show delights hundreds of thousands.
- The Olympic Street Car to Granville Island
- The Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza (adjacent to the new Vancouver Convention Centre) will also remain lit until the end of the Paralympics.
- Canada House remains open until March 21st
- Canada’s Northern House will remain open until April17th
- Centre Place Manitoba will remain open March 21st
- The Cultural Olympiad goes until March 21st
- Royal Canadian Mint will remain open as well until March 21st (location: Vancouver Public Library Downtown)
- BC Hydro Power Smart Village: Open now until March 21st. 10am to 6pm daily.
- LiveCity Downtown: Concerts plus pavilions.
- Torch Relay: Roberto Luongo is rumoured to light the Cauldron. At the very least he is carrying the torch.
We’ll update this section as we get more information.