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Vancouver bristling with possibilities

Luke Graham

The quaint and vibrant town of Vancouver, British Columbia — complete with the West Coast attitude and feel, and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games — almost seems too perfect.

The city features a little of something for everyone. There are mountains, oceans, rich culture, delicious dining, and did we mention the 2010 Winter Olympic Games?

It's the third time the Olympics have been held in Canada, after the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, and 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.

There will be more than 80 nations and 5,000 athletes competing in 86 events.

The Olympics will be held in three locales in or near Vancouver.

In addition to Vancouver, there will be events at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver as well as events in Whistler.

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The opening and closing ceremonies will happen at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, with victory ceremonies at the BC Place Stadium and Whistler Village.

A good portion of the events will take place in Vancouver, including figure skating, curling, ice hockey and short track speed skating.

The city of Richmond will host the speed skating events at the new Richmond Olympic Oval — a state-of-the-art facility.

Freestyle and snowboarding venues are across the Second Narrows Bridge and into the West Vancouver District at Cypress Mountain.

Nordic events take place north of Vancouver in Whistler, a two-hour drive — during non-Olympic times — up the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Whistler also will host Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-county, bobsled and luge.

With Vancouver being the most populous city to ever host a Winter Games, officials are encouraging people to use public transportation as much as possible.

Walking and cycling will be the easiest ways to get to events in Vancouver and Richmond.

There is also the rapid transit line, or SkyTrain, and a newly built Canada Line. Individuals with tickets to Olympic events will have unlimited access to all of TransLink's transit services for the day of that event and through the morning after the event.

Transit passes are available for the games and provide unlimited travel on buses, SeaBus and SkyTrain.

Transportation from Van­couver to Cypress or Whistler should be done via Olympic bus network operated by VANOC. Prices for tickets are $12 to Cypress Mountain and $25 to Whistler.

For more information about travel at the 2010 games, visit http://www.translink.ca.