The XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games will play out in Vancouver, British Columbia and the neighbouring aerial resort of Whistler.
Tens of accoutrements of assemblage will army to Canada’s admirable West Bank while millions added will watch on televisions about the country and the world. But as March draws to a close, the Olympic crowds will disperse. The mountains will activate to lose their snow. Vancouver’s rain will be gradually replaced by warm, brilliant weather. But for many, this bathos is alone the alpha of a accomplished new apple of possibilities as Vancouver and Whistler acceptable summer.
Of course, the Winter Games will leave one decidedly enduring impression: the abiding structures and accessories that this all-around accident necessitated. Catching the Skytrain will always be easier acknowledgment to the massive cast new Granville Street Terminus. UBC’s acceptance and visitors will adore absurd use from the new Thunderbird Arena, a 7,200-seater advised for both recreational activities and high-performance training and similarly, Vancouver Olympic Centre will become a multi-purpose amusement hub. Even Whistler will accumulate its new world-class Sliding Centre. Yet even afterwards these abundant legacies, Vancouver and Whistler both accept summers attractions that are the backbiting of the absolute country. Let’s activate in the city…
Vancouver is accepted for its abstemious summer and the choices of accepted beaches are attestation to just how abundant Vancouverites adore closing their umbrellas for a few months. And aback this is a littoral city, abounding of the a lot of acclaimed strips of bank are alone account abroad from aggregate else. One of the a lot of accepted (and a lot of limited in the area) is Wreck Beach. Locate in Pacific Spirit Regional Esplanade on the University Endowment Lands abreast the University of British Columbia, it is advised one of the a lot of acclaimed clothing-optional beaches on the planet. Approximately 6.5 kilometres long, Wreck faces the Strait of Georgia and provides all the peace, aloofness and ataraxia you could ask for a city-limits this size. But throwing, the bathe trunks aback on and branch against the city-limits will acknowledge a accomplished altered scene. Jericho Bank just west of the contemporary neighbourhood of Kitsilano, is the affection of Jericho Bank Park, a blooming amplitude with a pond that’s ideal for picnicking. The appearance from the bank itself is as colourful as it is glorious, the peaks of the North Shore aerial up in the accomplishments with the multi-coloured sails of the boats at the Jericho Sailing Centre in the foreground. East forth the aforementioned coast, you’ll acquisition yourself on the accepted Kitsilano Beach. Facing out assimilate the Burrard Inlet, this favourite summer destination offers added than just amazing angle of Vancouver’s city-limits skyline. It’s aswell home to Canada’s longest abyssal alfresco basin and has areas ideal for barbequing, bank volleyball and of course, endless of sunbathing. Perhaps the a lot of absorbing Vancouver bank is English Bay Bank in the affection of downtown’s West End. Rimmed with shops, cafes and even approach trees, this albino destination hosts abounding summer events, including the crowd-favourite Symphony of Fire. Which brings us to Vancouver’s different summer contest schedule…
Symphony of Fire, or the HSBC Celebration of Light as the Vancouver leg of the antagonism is called, is an all-embracing fireworks antagonism that lights up Vancouver’s midsummer skies with absorbing pyrotechnic displays from Canada, the USA and China. And with the multicoloured explosions choreographed to music that’s advertisement on bounded radio, it’s by far one of the a lot of affective and memorable contest you’ll appointment in this already admirable city. For a little al-fresco Broadway, acquaintance the Theatre Under the Stars, a longstanding bounded theatre aggregation that produces aberrant accepted shows in Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl. From Grease to Jesus Christ Superstar, you haven’t apparent agreeable theatre until you’ve apparent it alfresco on a hot summer night! For those who adorned themselves theatre snobs, why not angle the rules and adore the Bard on the Bank Shakespeare Festival? For over 2 decades Vancouver’s Vanier Esplanade has been home to two tents that authority about 800 seats, absorbing guests with the Bard’s greatest plays from June to September. The Mainstage Tent provides absolutely an amazing appearance as it is open-ended, alms jaw-dropping abundance angle abaft the players while the Douglas Campbell Tent appearance Shakespeare’s lesser-known works.
Vancouver’s arcade is amazing year round, but it’s so abundant bigger if you don’t accept to antithesis an awning with your bags. Spend a summer afternoon aimless accomplished the boutiques of the acclaimed Robson Street. Acquisition your favourite designers at Holt Renfrew in Pacific Centre. Just beyond the arch you can roam the galleries and markets of Granville Island in arcadian False Creek. Are you a austere power-shopper? Alone 15 account abroad by Skytrain, Burnaby’s Metropolis at Metrotown is Canada’s additional better arcade capital with over 500 shops.
Whistler is no beneath ambrosial afterwards the snow recedes to the glaciers. Appear the balmy weather, the patios of its European-style banal apple appear to activity as the 100-plus restaurants, confined and nightclubs yield advantage of the hot abundance weather. And while abundant summer activities abide in the arena from hiking to ATV-ing to fishing, it’s the biking that attracts the a lot of visitors. Just analysis out the line-ups at the Whistler Apple Gondola as acquisitive pedal pushers delay to accouterment the abundance bike esplanade with its 200 kilometres of lift-serviced, force fed bottomward trails. Analysis out the Bikercross Course, featuring banked corners, doubles and table tops, additional the Skills Centres with their 3 levels of obstacles and challenges. For a absolute aftertaste of pro cycling, the Kokanee Crankworx antagonism in August sees some of the world’s best abundance bikers attempt for aggregate from acceleration to big air – and there’s endless of live-music and parties that comes with the package.
Whistler’s aswell accepted for its best golf courses – some of the a lot of arresting and masterfully-designed in British Columbia. Chateau Whistler Golf Club is acclaimed for its regionally-specific designs while the actual arduous Whistler Golf Club is Arnold Palmer’s aboriginal Canadian design. Jack Nicklaus has aswell larboard his mark with the par-71 Nicklaus North Golf Course. Slightly added afield, Big Sky Golf and Country Club appearance a 7,001 backyard Robert Cupp-designed advance and Furry Creek Golf Club boasts austere angle on the beautifully asperous Howe Sound coast.
Yes, the Winter Olympic Games are traveling to accomplish the winter of 2010 an amazing comedy – but no added amazing than any summer in Vancouver and Whistler! Appear analysis us out afterwards the belvedere has been pushed abreast and the blossoms accept amorphous blooming.
You will not be disappointed.