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Ranking the Hospitality Houses

pavilions.jpgHitting all of the hospitality houses in and around Vancouver is an Olympic-sized job. With so much to do and so little time, we decided to check out the houses getting the most buzz and help you pick the best place to show your Olympic colours.


We chose to profile five houses getting a lot of buzz. We've given you a brief a profile each, including the average line-up and the cost of one beer.

Are the Olympic sites worth the wait?

rsz_8026331.jpgHeading out to celebrate Canada's first gold medal? If so, be prepared to wait in line. Many of the city's event sites have seen long lineups since the opening ceremonies last Friday.

TransLink reported the LiveCity Yaletown site reached capacity by 7:30 p.m. last Friday and lineups were promptly shut down. Other sites - including the Irish House, the Atlantic Canada House and the Robson Square Zip Line - have been experiencing lengthy waits.

In addition to lineups, many sites are charging entrance fees. According to the City Caucus website, the Irish House charges a $10 cover before 7 p.m. and $20 after. While some may embrace the costs and waiting times at Olympic sites, others are frustrated:

@dailyuncooking Gotta say despite waiting 4 hours to get into German House on Saturday, it was awesome inside. Great bratwursts! #olympics

@jlmckenzie Am hearing there is a 2 hour line up for the #irishhouse!

@OliverBloom It was fun to see so many people downtown yesterday for the Olympics but such long lineups everywhere. Were the lineups worth it?

@stodmyk Already a two-hour lineup to see (& touch!) the medals at the Mint Pavillion. #van2010 #olympics #lineups

@AlexeiRWhite Foiled by lineups everywhere we go. LINES.. LINES.. LINES!!!... #olympics

(Retrieved from Twitter, Mon Feb 15, 2010).

We want to know which sites YOU think are worth the wait .. and we want to know why. From the prices and lineups, to the overall experience and mood, we want to know which sites get your vote.

Share your experiences and tips with others below.

Beat the crowds by cycling

rsz_bikevan.jpgVancouver's public transit system was busier than ever this past weekend. With thousands of Olympic athletes, spectators and volunteers settling into the city, wait times at bus stops and SkyTrain stations will affect commuters in the upcoming weeks.

The City of Vancouver is encouraging cycling as a way to reduce downtown traffic and congestion on city transit.

To promote cycling, the city has teamed up with BEST to provide a bicycle valet service near event venues. The free service provides a safe place for cyclists to park their bicycles during the Olympics.

Bicycle valet services can be found at:
  • BC Place (under Cambie Bridge and at Union St./Quebec St.)
  • Pacific Coliseum (Along entry walk from Hastings St.)
  • Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre (Manitoba St./Dinmont St.)
  • LiveCity Downtown (Beatty St./Pender St.)
  • LiveCity Yaletown (Drake St. across from LiveCity entrance)
  • Olympic Line (Olympic Village station)
  • Granville Island (near Information Booth)
Or you can check out the Cycling Metro Vancouver route planning tool.

We also want to hear from you. How have you been getting around the city since the Games began? Will you be cycling to work and elsewhere during the Olympics?

Share your thoughts and tips below.

Weekend travel tips

rsz_bc-generic-skytrain-stadium-station-laanela.jpgWith the first weekend of events fast approaching, here are a few tips to help you get around the city:

Friday, Feb 12:
  • Opening ceremonies at BC Place at 5:30 p.m. Both the Stadium SkyTrain Station and the Yaletown Canada Line Station will likely start to see heavy traffic Friday afternoon.
  • The Cambie Street Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic until midnight. The bridge will still be open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Saturday, Feb 13:
Sunday, Feb 14:

Expect delays around the Downtown and Yaletown LiveCity locations throughout the weekend. Travel smart this weekend by keeping updated with CBC's traffic reports.

Stuck in traffic? Waiting in line at the bus stop? Keep your fellow commuters in the loop by sharing with CBC's The Hub.