Guide to Vancouver 2010: Winter Olympics, Restaurants, Sightseeing, Hotels & Culture

Every four years, I let an obsession overcome me and I watch as much as I can take — the daring spins and throws of figure skating, the jumps of snowboarding, and the thrill of speed skating at the Winter Olympic Games.

This year my obsession is even worse because the 2010 Olympics are in Vancouver, an eco-friendly city that I happen to love. In honor of the Olympics, here is our complete guide to Vancouver 2010 — from restaurants and things to do to green Vancouver and the Olympics.

Restaurants

Vancouver is home to a diverse population and its array of restaurant choices reflects that diversity. Don’t be overwhelmed by the endless dining choices — read these guides to find the best eats in Vancouver.

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games – Where to Eat?

Urban Diner: A Fine Guide to Eating and Drinking in BC

The New York Times: Eating Vancouver (read the comments)

Brian’s Favorite Eats: Vancouver 2010 Olympic Edition

Sightseeing

No matter where your interests lie, Vancouver will have something to entertain you. Check out these lists of things to do in Vancouver for ideas.

The Encyclopedia Britannica Blog’s Vancouver: A Travelers’ Guide to the Olympic Host City

Biking in Stanley Park: Vancouver, BC

Conde Nast Traveler’s Video: Vancouver, What To Do When You’re Not On the Slopes

The Calgary Beacon: Things to do in Vancouver

Culture and Arts at Vancouver 2010

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Accommodations

It may be too late to find affordable accommodations during the Olympics, but if you’re visiting Vancouver after the games, you’re in luck. Vancouver has it all from hotels to hostels to bed and breakfasts.

Best Rated Hostels in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Sustainable Stays

Pacific Palisades Hotel in Vancouver (a Kimpton Hotel): Review

Finding Last-Minute Olympic Accommodations in Vancouver

Dog Friendly Hotels and B&B in Vancouver BC

2010 Winter Olympic Games

If you can’t make it to the Olympics, these posts will make you feel like you’re there — almost.

Vancouver Olympics 2010: Stunning Moments From February 15 (PHOTOS)

Google Sightseeing’s Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics: City Venues

2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Best Sites for Kids

Vancouver 2010 Olympics Blog: Travel Tips on Accommodations, Event Tickets and Lessons Learned

Last-minute guide to attending the Vancouver 2010 Games

Are the Vancouver Olympics really green?

Green Vancouver

With the array of local businesses, public transportation, and outdoor activities Vancouver offers, the green traveler should have no trouble staying busy in the city.

Vancouver in 2 (Eco-Friendly) Days

Grist: The 10 greenest and brownest things about Vancouver

Vancouver Olympics Get Green Transport: Electric Streetcars

LEED Platinum Vancouver Convention Center has North America’s Largest Green Roof

Rabble.ca’s Olympic guide to Vancouver’s tap water

Local Culture

Vancouver was already a culturally diverse city and the 2010 Olympic Games have taken that diversity to a whole new level.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Events: Aboriginal BC Culture

Vancouver a multicultural population, but is it all connected to Winter Games

PHOTO ESSAY: Canada Welcomes The World to The Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Whether you’re in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics or just visiting for the weekend, the city offers low-impact activities, accommodations, and dining options for every traveler’s taste.