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The False Creek Olympic Village walking route is 2.9 km or approximately 3,805 steps. Enjoy this world class promenade as you explore the structures, art and scenery of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The route starts beside the Athletes’ Village, travels around False Creek, past the site of the Winter Games Opening Ceremonies at BC Place, and over the Cambie Street Bridge. This circular walk travels along the pedestrian and cycle friendly Seawall. As you walk alongside False Creek, you will see Vancouver’s commitment to publicly accessible green spaces and waterways, as well as the focus on sustainable building and modern design.
The Southeast False Creek Seawall has many imaginative structures that blend well with the beauty of Vancouver. You will walk by innovative seating, sculptures, raptor perches and native garden plants, as well as the Creekside Community Centre and one of Vancouver’s most recently developed neighbourhoods; taking over the site of the 2010 Winter Olympic Athlete’s Village. Take a moment to wander around the Olympic Village structures as you walk this route.
There is a staircase at the south side of the Cambie Street Bridge. There are wheelchair accessible alternate routes available if you travel under the Cambie Street Bridge and south on Spyglass place. From there you will find accessible ramps to access the pedestrian path over the bridge.
The accessible route is longer, totalling 4 km, and roughly 7,920 steps.
Follow these step by step directions so you don't miss anything along the route.
The park was developed and opened in the early 1990s. It is a popular venue for summer events and dragon boating festivals, with wonderful green space and a children’s play area.
The Stadium District is often alive with the bustling of friendly crowds. During the Olympics, Rogers Arena, home to the Vancouver Canucks, was transformed into Canada Hockey Place, the site for the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament. Both the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games Ceremonies took place in the 60,000 seat BC Place Stadium. This was the first time that the Olympic Ceremonies were staged in the comfort of an indoor venue. BC Place has one of the largest retractable roof of its kind in the world. The BC Lions and the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club call BC Place home
Habitat Island has been developed as an urban sanctuary. Completely surrounded by water at high tide, it is an oasis for many birds and small creatures. Replicating coastal British Columbia, the Island was developed with great attention to detail. Deep layers of soil were laid down to provide nourishment for the newly planted specimens. More than 200 native trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses have been planted along the waterfront path and on the Island. Boulders and driftwood logs were placed to provide homes for small animals, insects, crabs, starfish, barnacles and other creatures. Habitat Island is a great source of pride for those interested in celebrating coastal biodiversity.
Artist: Myfanwy MacLeod
Vancouver artist Myfanwy MacLeod has always been interested in the ability of public art to convey political and historical meaning. The Birds, her new work for Southeast False Creek Olympic Plaza, has been shaped by this community’s focus on sustainability. The work attempts to highlight both the lighter and graver sides of what can happen when a non-native species is introduced to an environment, how the beauty of birds can sometimes mask their threat to biodiversity.