Day off, let's go see what all the fuss is.
Vancouver Travel Blog› entry 3 of 13 › view all entries
February 14th, 2010 – by: bcbusdriver
The weather in Vancouver for most of the Olympics was incredibly warm and sunny. So much so that one of the venues, Cypress, had troubles keeping snow on the mountain. They organizers were forced to bring snow in form the top of the mountain and from another resort hours to the east. Teh way the London Press wrote you would have thought the Olympics were going to be canceled. In the end all the events went off even if some of them were delayed one or two days.
My first location I went is along the Seawall on the Burrad Inlet. This is a very short walk from my home and is one of my favourite places to go and unwind for a hour or two. At this location I look at the North Shore Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. I can watch a the busy Vancouver harbour with ships and seaplanes coming and going. Normally in February this seawall is very quite and only gets a bit busier if the weather is good and it is a weekend. Of course this was not normal February Saturday, it was an Olympic weekend. I had never seen so many people in this area during the winter and from the accent I heard and the number of maps being held, I doubt many were locals.
From here I could just barely see the top of the Olympic Flame a few blocks to the west at Canada Place. I tried to take it's photo from here but I think it is very hard to see. I then walked towards Canada Place along the seawall and began to get into massive crowds. Even before I got to the plaza I could not move as the press of people was incredible. The only times I have been in such a massive wave of humanity would being during rush hours in places like Hong Kong and Tokyo. The biggest difference was nobody was rushing and everyone was in a great mood. This was the first of many days that massive crowds came into downtown Vancouver to celebrate the Olympics. It was wonderful.
Eventually I got to a place to take a photo of the flame.
Fairly soon I got tired of the crowds and made my way south out of the plaza. At one point I found one of ours buses waiting for some folks. I talked to the driver about the crowds and then it was off to possibly the epicenter of the Olympics celebrations Robson and Granville Streets. At Granville and Robson there were a few large TV screens showing live action of the Olympics. Whenever Canada played hockey this was the place to be and literally thousands would squish into this neighborhood.
The biggest thing I noticed this day was the change of attitude in Vancouver.
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