Vancouver 2010 Pavilions & Hospitality Houses

Comments 38 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Olympics are a time for the host nation and city to shine brightly but they are also about bringing the world together.

Vancouver will be a temporary home for athletes and visitors from dozens of countries during the 2010 Olympics and there are many who have rented spaces around town to showcase their culture, cuisine, and hospitality for visitors and residents a like.

BC Place staging tents
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr


Aboriginal Pavilion
Location: Georgia & Hamilton (in the plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
Events: Daily concert series and exhibits.
Cost: Unconfirmed
Website, my post

Aboriginal Artisan Village
Location: Vancouver Community College on Dunsmuir
Events: Open daily 10:00am – 10:00pm
Cost: Free

Alberta House
Location: Robson at Beatty (West of BC Place)
Events: Featuring an evening concert series, Alberta Train (via Rocky Mountaineer) to Whistler and back.
Cost: The daily concerts are FREE
Website / Twitter

Atlantic Canada House
Location: The Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island (accessible from the Olympic Line Streetcar)
Events: Their Daily Schedule is still in the works but they’ll be featuring all the best from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Cost: The daily concerts are FREE
Website / Twitter, my post

British Columbia Pavilion
Location: Vancouver Art Gallery, 4th floor (Located between Hornby & Howe, Robson & Georgia)
Events: A showcase of the “Best of BC” in terms of sustainability, new media, tourism and culture. Activities daily and a 4D theatre.
Cost: FREE admission daily
Website / Twitter, my post

Canada’s Northern House
Location: 602 West Hastings (at Seymour)
Events: Open since January 14th, here you can meet performers and artists, buy handmade crafts, watch demonstrations of traditional Arctic games. Featuring the best of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Cost: Unconfirmed
Website / Twitter, my post

Canada Pavilion
Location: Located at LiveCity Downtown (Georgia & Cambie)
Events: Open February 13th until March 21st, “All Canadians and international guests are invited to visit the pavilion and discover our country’s excellence in sport!”
Cost: Unconfirmed (although LiveCity is a FREE celebration site)
Website, my post

CentrePlace Manitoba
Location: Located at LiveCity Downtown (Georgia & Cambie)
Events: Open January 22nd to March 21st, featuring concerts from 30 Manitoba artists.
Cost: Unconfirmed (although LiveCity is a FREE celebration site)
Website, my post

French Quarter (Place de la Francophonie)
Location: Eastern portion of Granville Island, 1318 Cartwright Street (accessible from the Olympic Line Streetcar)
Events: Concert series, Club Adrénaline, Salon des Communautés, Lauréates des Jeux de la Francophonie.
Cost: FREE concerts daily (many in association with the Cultural Olympiad)

Ontario Pavilion
Location: Concord Pacific (between Science World & GM Place)
Events: Daily lineup of concerts in the evening
Cost: Free
Read my blog post for all pertinent information

Maison Du Quebec Saskachewan House

CentrePlace Manitoba Ontario House Pavilion

Quebec House (Maison Quebec)
Location: Concord Pacific (between Science World & GM Place)
Events: “Expect it to become a centre piece of Quebec culture and food over the course of the Games.” –
Cost: Unconfirmed

Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion
Location: 500 Granville Street (at Pender)
Events: View the medals for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, children’s activities, coin collection station, boutique.
Cost: Admission is FREE and mention “” at the Pavilion Boutique for a 10% discount on all purchases.
Website / Twitter, my post

Saskatchewan Pavilion
Location: Concord Pacific (between Science World & GM Place)
Events: “The pavilion will consist of two structures. One will house a business centre, the other an entertainment venue featuring Saskatchewan entertainment and food. There will also be a pavilion at Whistler during the Paralympics.” Photos of the pavilion are up in a Flickr set by
Cost: Unconfirmed


Casa Italia
Location: The Roundhouse in Yaletown (adjacent to LiveCity Yaletown)
Events: There will be events in Vancouver and at Casa Italia in Whistler featuring an Olympic Living Room and Fuse Café located in Engine 374 Pavilion.
Cost: Unconfirmed

Czech Tourism Exhibition
Location:Delta Burnaby Hotel, 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Events: Open February 12 – 28, 2010
Cost: Unconfirmed

Saxony House (Germany)
Location: The Vancouver Rowing Club (Stanley Park)
Events: “A place to exhibit the prowess of Saxony’s art, culture and booming economy, its sports and the innovative drive of Saxon inventors!” – Saxony in Vancouver.
Cost: FREE admission every day

German Fan Fest
Location: 555 West Cordova Street in the Steamworks parking lot
Events: Live band, food and drinks
Cost: Unconfirmed

Holland Heineken House
Location: The Richmond O Zone (7551 Minoru Gate)
Events: “The refreshments offer a range from fast food and healthy snacks to the best of modern cuisine, of course with a Dutch and Canadian hint. Combined -of course- with a fresh and cold Heineken draught beer.” Medal hall and daily entertainment.
Cost: Unconfirmed

House of Switzerland Canada
Location: Bridges Restaurant (Granville Island) (accessible from the Olympic Line Streetcar)
Events: Also located at the Mountain Club in Whistler the House of Switzerland Canada will feature cuisine and entertainment including Swiss Day in Vancouver (February 6th) and a grand opening celebration (February 5th).
Cost: FREE admission every day
Website / Twitter

Irish House
Location: Doolin’s Irish Pub (620 Nelson)
Events: To be announced
Cost: Daily and weekly passes will be available
Website / Twitter

Japan House
Location: Empire Landmark Hotel (Robson)
Events: Unconfirmed

Korea House
Location: 2nd floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel
Events: Open 11:00am until 6:00pm
Cost: Unconfirmed

Sochi House (Russia House)
Location: Science World
Events: Daily entertainment and unique events including a table hockey tournament, games with hockey pros (such as Pavel Bure), autograph signings, chant & dance contests and more.
Cost: Visitors must obtain accreditation (permanent access) or day-passes (single-use access)
Website / Twitter

Slovak Representative House
Location: Vancouver International Film Centre (Davie & Seymour)
Events: Unconfirmed
Cost: Unconfirmed

Ukraine House
Location: Ukrainian Catholic Centre (3150 Ash Street)
Events: Ukrainian House Ball, Ukraine House Valentine’s Day
Cost: Some free, some special events are ticketed (paid)

USA House
Location: Unconfirmed although CityCaucus is reporting it will be near Nelson & Seymour.
Events: Unconfirmed
Cost: Unconfirmed (rumour has it there will be no public access)
Website / Twitter

View Vancouver 2010 Pavilions & Hospitality Houses in a larger map

The Hospitality Houses are refuges and hang-out spots for athletes and citizens but also venues for countries and provinces to showcase themselves. Each will have different levels of access. With international pavilions, your best bet for getting in is having a passport for that host nation. For example, show your Dutch passport and you’ll be treated like gold in Holland Heineken House.

Update February 17, 2010 – The following are pavilions and hospitality houses in Whistler, BC.
Whistler Canada Olympic House
Whistler Public Library
Alpine Canada Alpin House
FireRock Lounge, The Westin Resort & Spa – Home of the Canadian Alpine Ski Teams
USA House
In a private log home south of the village
Austria House
In a purpose-built ‘passive’ house at the entrance to Lost Lake
Jamaica Bobsleigh House
Savage Beagle nightclub
Switzerland House
The Mountain Club Restaurant
Norway House
Maurice Young Millennium Place
Slovenia House
Mountain Club, The Westin Resort & Spa
Bavaria House
Nicklaus North Golf Club, Whistler base for the German Bobsleigh Team
France House
21 Steps Restaurant
Italian House
Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

Update February 22, 2010 – Read this post to see which pavilions will be open through March 21st for the Paralympics

Olympic Village ready to go
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Other resources for pavilions and public events…
Complete list of Free Public Events from BC Gotta Be here
Pavilion Panopoly” & other articles by Bob Mackin

See also…
My Vancouver 2010 Concert & Performance Listing
My post about the Cultural Olympiad
My Bus and Transportation Options
My post about the Olympic Line Streetcar
My Street Closures and Transportation Concepts post
My posts from Switzerland including the Olympic Museum
My posts tagged “Pavilions”
All of my Vancouver 2010 related posts

Should you have additional information about these pavilions and hospitality houses, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me, all sources will be credited. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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  1. Shot In Vancouver PhotographyMonday, January 25th, 2010 — 10:16am PST

    The Russian house is going to turn Science World red. Those new LEDs they installed last month also have a colour-changing feature they haven’t debuted yet… but I saw them testing some of them the other night. They turned 1/4 of the globe red.

  2. rboMonday, January 25th, 2010 — 12:44pm PST

    Thanks for the post! I’d been wondering if there was a list of the pavilion locations anywhere!

  3. AdrienneTuesday, January 26th, 2010 — 9:39am PST

    Access to Holland Heineken House is free too (but I think you have to be of legal drinking age to enter):

    I’m so glad, because it looks like a blast! Here’s a virtual tour:

  4. TruddeeTuesday, January 26th, 2010 — 4:07pm PST

    Sorry but do you know where Sweden or Finland house will be? Or any other countries besides the ones listed? Thanks for the list though! It’s going to be awesome!

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  9. MarkFriday, January 29th, 2010 — 3:47pm PST

    It’s not

  10. StefanieSaturday, January 30th, 2010 — 3:41pm PST


    Just wanted to let everyone else know there is going to be a German, Bavarian style beer garden in the parking lot of Steamworks!

    Or so says scout…

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  17. JJWednesday, February 10th, 2010 — 3:31pm PST

    House of Switzerland was a disappointment. Expensive and mediocre food.

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  19. Mike BrowneWednesday, February 10th, 2010 — 4:18pm PST

    I just asked an employee of VIFC about Slovak House. The website for Slovak House is right here and the listof events is here:

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  21. DaveOWednesday, February 10th, 2010 — 6:00pm PST

    Can’t wait to party at the German Fan Fest with the band Acoustica – i saw them in SLC 02 and had a blast – hope its awesome this time around!

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  25. A ScandinavianSunday, February 14th, 2010 — 1:05am PST

    To the person who asked about Finland and Sweden,

    It looks like they’ve consolidated for a general Scandinavian House out at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre in Burnaby. Unfortunately away from the buzz downtown, but it does have free parking.

  26. janaSunday, February 14th, 2010 — 10:20am PST

    Anybody know where is Czech pavilion ?? They officially opened house at Burnaby location – any address ??

  27. Cathy AndersenSunday, February 14th, 2010 — 11:43am PST

    Highly highly recommend Northern House [Seymour & Hasting]. It is a large wonderful interactive site!! Watch/particiapate in traditional dance; email a video postcard to family in front of a northern light backdrop; learn about diamonds; see an amazing art collection and videos. We were only in a few houses but this was best of the day hands down.

  28. SydSunday, February 14th, 2010 — 8:29pm PST

    Anyone know how to get a pass for the Russian house? I really want to go there I love russia

  29. stephTuesday, February 16th, 2010 — 1:12pm PST

    Sochi house is free from 12-5 everyday.

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  33. A Curious CzechThursday, February 18th, 2010 — 12:50am PST

    Does anyone know where the official czech pavilion is?

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  35. Czech GirlSaturday, February 20th, 2010 — 1:40pm PST

    Czech House is at Delta Burnaby Hotel. This is located at the Willingdon exit of Hwy 1, south of the freeway. I can’t find any info on prices or events tho.

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  37. Niall McGarveyThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 11:44pm PST

    If anybody is lining up at atlantic canada house expecting food, good music and fun times… THINK AGAIN. Do not line up for this place at night. It is basically the Backstage Lounge, but waaaaay less convenient. We lined up for 1.5h while they let out 45 people and let in 10. When we got in the place was deserted and had ZERO atmosphere. Of course they didn’t let anyone know in the line-up they they were not serving food past 9pm. The most exciting part was the aquabus, BOOOOOongo!!!!

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