Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay Celebrations

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

As the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch makes it way around BC on the last leg of its journey the excitement is bubbling over from community to community.

Photo credit: AlbertaVan2010 on Flickr

Over the Rockies, through the Kootenays, down and around the Thompson Okanagan.

Photo credit: UrbanWorkbench on Flickr

Here’s a rundown of where the torch will be as it comes to the South Coast of British Columbia.

Day 99 – February 5th, 2010
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
Whistler Olympic Park

Day 100 – February 6th, 2010
Cache Creek
Logan Lake

Day 101 – February 7th, 2010
Seabird Island
Harrison Hot Springs

Day 102 February 8th, 2010
Maple Ridge
Pitt Meadows
Walnut Grove
Fort Langley

Langley (Township)*

Day 103 – February 9th, 2010
Peace Arch
White Rock
North Delta
New Westminster*
Tsawwassen (FN)

Day 104 – February 10th, 2010
Bowen Island
Horseshoe Bay
North Vancouver (District)*
North Vancouver
Squamish (Xwemelch’stn)
West Vancouver*

Day 105 – February 11th, 2010
West Vancouver
Port Moody
Port Coquitlam

Day 106 – February 12th, 2010
BC Place Stadium

Olympic-ified City

*Community Celebrations:
Day 99 – February 5th, 2010
Whistler: 3:30pm – 5:45pm Village Square, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Skiers Plaza.
Day 100 – February 6th, 2010
Lilooet: Celebration at the Old Mill Plaza at 11:20am with torch arrival at the mall by 12:30pm.
Day 101 – February 7th, 2010
Chilliwack: 1:00pm – 3:00pm at The Landing site (Ashwell St. & Hodgins Ave).
Abbotsford: Celebration Event at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.
Day 102 February 8th, 2010
Langley (Township): 10:30am – 1:00pm at the Langley Events Centre (7888 – 200 Street) moving inside at 1:00pm.
Surrey: 5:30pm at Holland Park (between Central City & King George SkyTrain stations). Click here for route maps.
Day 103 – February 9th, 2010
New Westminster: Queen’s Park at 10:15am.
Richmond: 7:00pm at the Richmond O Zone in Minoru Park .
Day 104 – February 10th, 2010
North Vancouver (District): 8:42am flame arrives Lonsdale Quay, 9:30am celebration at Cates Park, 12:30pm celebration at Lynn Valley Center Mall.
West Vancouver: 7:00pm at the West Vancouver Community Centre Spirit Square
Day 105 – February 11th, 2010
Coquitlam: 8:00am – 10:00am at Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave).
Vancouver: Celebration at LiveCity Yaletown from 5:00pm.

These community celebrations are free and open to the public although in some cases space may be limited. You can follow the Torch Run via as well.

Sun Peaks Resort Winter Wine Festival

Add a Comment by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last week I jetted up to Sun Peaks Resort just outside of Kamloops, BC to take part in the Winter Wine Festival.

Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

The Winter Wine Festival is presented as a part of the seasonal Okanagan Wine Festival series, which hosts events across the region in spring, summer (at Silver Star) and fall as well.

Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

I was only there for a short time but managed to squeeze in the “Icewines and Nothing More” workshop as well as the Winemasters’ Dinner featuring a 7-course meal, Okanagan wines, and Canadian cheeses.

Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

The menu

  • Croquembouche with roasted garlic, pear & goat cheer, spiced maple syrup (paired with Summerhill Cipes Brut 2007)
  • Dungeness crab salad with cucumber, tomato confit & mustard vinaigrette (paired with Twisted Tree Viognier Rousanne 2007)
  • Truffled organic potato veloute with forest musehroom ragout (paired with Summerhill Pinot Noir)
  • Blood orange panna cotta with pink peppercorn & mint syrup
  • Pentangle bison with double smoked bacon, barley risotto, and black current jus (paired with Howling Bluff Winery “Sin Cera”)
  • Dairy Farmer’s of Canada Cheese Course (paired with Twisted Tree Tennat)
  • Passionfruit tart with chocolate spehere (paired with Summerhill Riesling Icewine)
  • Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    It was a lovely evening as I was sat with other journalists, locals, tourism folk, Dieter from Thistle Farm, and the resort’s own official “ski bum”, Thiago. Sun Peaks ran a contest this year to win the ultimate seasonal job being their “ski bum” for 3 months. In the same vein as the “best job in the world” from Queensland Tourism.

    Thiago, who hails from Brazil, is currently enjoying the experience of a lifetime hanging around Sun Peaks. Every day they have new adventures planned for him including events like the Winter Wine Festival or hopping on a helicopter. He is spending a few weeks in each hotel and his meals are courtesy of all the local restaurants and pubs. You can read about his adventures on the Ski Bum Canada blog.

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    Participants at the workshops and the dinner ranged from local wine enthusiasts to international travelers making the Winter Wine Festival their destination. Taking a ski getaway and pairing it with a wine festival seems to be a winning combination.

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    This was my first time up at Sun Peaks and I have to say, I fell in love. It was serene and peaceful in the village while my heart raced as I peered up at the slopes I so desperately wanted to carve up. The village itself has a delightful European influence with a sloped corridor which provides ski-in / ski-out convenience. The exterior of each hotel and shop is crafted perfectly to mimic cozy alpine lodges and the snow coats each rooftop like a fluffy down comforter.

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort Winter Wine Festival @ Sun Peaks Resort

    I think the best thing about the resort, from my brief experience, was the people. There is a year-round population of 500 and those I met are all passionate about two things: Sun Peaks and skiing.

    Sun Peaks Trail MapThe Winter Wine Festival wraps up this week but if you would like to explore the next Okanagan Wine Festival you can check out their event listings online or follow @OKWineFests on Twitter. Also, the snow is powder-fresh on Sun Peaks if you’d like to head upbefore the end of the season. You can drive there from Vancouver in about 4 hours, take a Greyhound to Kamloops, or hop a flight.

    You can view their webcams if you want to catch a serious case of snow-envy and check out their terrain map (above) to ogle the second largest recreational ski area in the province.

    I’d also like to send a quick word of thanks to Tourism Sun Peaks who helped me triage a canceled flight out of Kamloops. I didn’t have a phone number or email handy but I did have my iPhone and access to Twitter. I sent @SunPeaksResort a direct message telling them I was pretty much stranded and they relayed my message to my contact within minutes. Big thanks to Melanie Simmons for being a great hostess and also being so responsive to my situation.

    Disclosure: – Unpaid. My accommodation was covered.

    Burt's Bees and Jamie Salé Contest

    Comments 74 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Jamie Salé is a legendary pairs figure skater and Canadian Olympian and she’ll be in town in February for a special campaign.

    Along with her husband David Pelletier, she won a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and they held the Word Champion title in 2001.

    Salé & Pelletier became a household name in Canada when they performed a flawless program at the 2002 Olympics but were awarded the silver instead of gold. Due to an uncovered judging scandal it was discovered that they were wrongfully given the silver and were then awarded the gold medal in their event.

    In 2008 the pair was inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame and in 2009 they were immortalized in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

    Jamie’s most recent accomplishment was being the first-ever winner of CBC’s new reality competition series Battle of the Blades along with Craig Simpson.

    On February 4th Jamie Salé be at Pacific Centre downtown as a spokesperson for the new product line from Burt’s Bees. To promote this event I have partnered with Burt’s Bees in order to present a special offer to my readers.

    The contest:
    Enter to win a meet & greet with Jamie Salé at Pacific Centre on February 4th. You will also receive a gift basket from Burt’s Bees valued at $250.

    The event:
    The Burt’s Bees event at Pacific Centre will be open to the public as Jamie will talk about her endorsement with Burt’s Bees and her passion for living a natural lifestyle. There will be an autograph signing and live broadcasts.

    We’ll make sure my contest winner gets the opportunity to meet Jamie, gets an autograph and also has a photo opportunity.

    The gift basket:
    Beeswax Lip Balm, Pom Lip Balm, SPF 8 Lip Balm, Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Radiance Day Cr̬me, Radiance Night Cr̬me, Radiance Eye Cr̬me, Radiance Body Lotion, Radiance Body Wash, Glosses Zesty Red, Glosses Pucker Berry, Glosses Nectar Nude, Shimmer РPapaya, Shimmer РWatermelon, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Shampoo, Conditioner, Green Tea Hand Soap, Coconut Foot Cr̬me, Deep Pore Scrub, Willow Bark Scrub.

    How to enter:
    Leave a comment on this post listing some of your favourite Olympic moments. I’ll draw a winner at random on February 1st.

    I will post more details about the public event (location within the mall, times etc.) as that information becomes available.

    Update: The contest winner is Lynn, congratulations! Lynn will get the chance to meet Jamie at Pacific Centre, get some photos/autographs as well as collect her Burt’s Bees gift basket.

    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.

    I Wrote a Book

    Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Last year was a very busy year for me. It was the first full year of our business (sixty4media), I did a lot of traveling, and I also wrote a book with my co-author Eric Butow in California. Yes, I wrote a book which is now available in e-book and paperback format (published via Pearson Education).

    Blogging to Drive Business is a guide for businesses hoping to use or already using social media to enhance their online presence. We cover everything from getting started to addressing negative comments and who should then write the blog. Continue reading this post ⟩⟩