Our (gay) guide to the Vancouver Paralympic Games

Round one is now complete and boy was it a party! Stay tuned as Vancouver welcomes the world a second time for the Paralympic Games March 12th through 21st. Here is our (gay) guide to the Paralympics with information on events, bars, businesses and more!

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

Vancouver Pride House

A first for the Olympics and Paralympics, Vancouver’s Pride House officially opens Thursday February 11th. Located at Qmunity (1170 Bute Street), this is where you will find friendly PRIDE House ambassadors who can tell you all about all that is fabulously queer in Vancouver. In addition to special events they will also have immigration and refugee experts on hand with a wealth of knowledge and resources. Vancouver Pride House will be open March 12-21. Visit http://www.pridehouse.ca for more information.

Vancouver Pride House Celebration Venue

Where Qmunity is the operational hub, Score on Davie will be transformed to the Celebration Venue for Pride House Vancouver. Open during regular business hours for those over 19, this is a great place to meet-up, have a cocktail or simply take in the games on the numerous televisions. As with Pride House, the Pride House Celebration Venue will be open March 12-21. Visit http://www.pridehouse.ca or http://www.scoreondavie.com for more information.

Safety

Vancouver is a relatively safe and tolerant city but as we welcome a quarter million visitors during the Paralympics one should always be aware of your surroundings. The Davie Village/West End and Commercial Drive areas, Vancouver’s queer districts, will have additional policing during the games. If you are victim of a crime (including hate crimes) or feel unsafe call 911 immediately.

Vancouver’s Gay Bars

Vancouver’s gay bars are gearing up for lots of fun during the Paralympics. Check out our nightlife listings or our bar calendar of events to find out what’s happening!

Other Queer (and not so queer) Events

While the Paralympic games will take centre stage, there is so much more to do while you’re in Vancouver. Our calendar of events is a comprehensive list of queer and not so queer happenings during the games.

Gay and Gay Friendly Businesses, Services and Community Groups

We maintain a comprehensive listing of gay and gay-friendly businesses, services and community groups in and around the City of Vancouver including accommodation, restaurants, baths/saunas and a whole lot more.

LiveCity Downtown Celebration Site

Vancouver’s LiveCity Downtown continues through the Paralympic Games from March 12 – 21 with local, Canadian and international performing artists; special appearances by Olympians and Paralympians; giant screen showings of Paralympic events and highlights.

Olympic Pavilions & Houses

A number of Olympic Pavilions, Houses (besides Pride House) and other attractions will remain open during the Paralympics:

Canada Pavilion (at the LiveCity Downtown site): 12-21 March
Manitoba Pavilion (at the LiveCity Downtown site): 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21 March
Canada’s Northern House (602 West Hastings): dates TBA
Robson Squre Plaza (Robson & Howe Streets): 12-21 March
Olympic & Paralympic Cauldron (Thurlow & Cordova Streets): 12-21 March

Getting Around

While perhaps not as crazy as the Olympic Games, traveling in and around downtown Vancouver during the Paralympics will still be a challenge, to say the least. Plan ahead. Visit http://travelsmart2010.ca for information on getting around.

Cultural Olympiad 2010

Winter sports not your thing? The Cultural Olympiad 2010 presents hundreds of the best artists from Canada and around the world in a celebration of the arts continues through March 21st.

The Paralympic Games

Visit http://www.vancouver2010.com for any and all information regarding the Paralympics themselves.

Other Resources

Other great local resources include Qmunity and Tourism Vancouver.

Are We Missing Something?

Got something that we’ve missed? Send us the details and we’ll be sure to get it posted!

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