Our (gay) guide to the Vancouver Winter Olympics

Starting February 12th, Vancouver will host an estimated quarter million visitors as we welcome the world to the XXI Olympic Winter Games.  Here is our (gay) guide to the Olympics with information on events, bars, businesses and more!

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

Watch the closing ceremonies at Score

Score on Davie, the official Vancouver Pride House Celebration Venue, still has some tickets left for their closing ceremonies party on Sunday, February 28th.  Tickets are $25 including all kinds of goodies.  Plus part proceeds will go to benefit Qmunity.  Visit http://scoreondavie.com for all the details.

Vancouver Pride House

A first for the Olympics, 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 February 12-28 and again 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 February 12-28 and again 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 Olympics 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 Olympics. 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 Olympic 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.

Live Celebration Sites

Live Celebration Sites around the region, including Downtown and Yaletown, will be hub of activity that will include local, national and international performing artists, special appearances by Olympians and Paralympians, and giant screen showings of Olympic events and highlights.

Getting Around

Traveling in and around downtown Vancouver during the Olympics will be a challenge, to say the least.  Plan ahead.  Visit http://travelsmart2010.ca for information on getting around.

Free Things to See and Do

CityCaucus.com has a comprehensive list of free and low cost games attractions, including various Provincial, business and country pavillions, for you to check out without breaking the bank.

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 from January 22nd through March 21st.

The Winter Olympics

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