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Legacies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Well, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic are now behind us. What an amazing two weeks it was and we want to thank everyone that stayed with us during this unforgettable time in our city. As we reflect on the great memories that were made, we also wanted to take a look at a few of the legacies that these games left behind.

Vancouver Convention Centre

The new addition to the Vancouver Convention Centre, now known as the West Building, opened to the public on April 4, 2009. It effectively tripled the capacity of the convention centre. The West Building features a "living roof" with native plants, and an apiary. The building recently served as the International Broadcast Centre for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The living roof, seawater heating and cooling, on-site water treatment and fish habitat built into the foundation of the West Building make it one of the greenest convention centres in the world. The Centre recycles an average of 180,000 kilograms of materials annually, nearly half of the total volume of waste generated.

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Olympic and Paralympic Cauldron

In a celebration of the 2010 Winter Games, the Olympic and Paralympic Cauldron will become a permanent landmark on the Vancouver waterfront through a legacy partnership announced between Terasen Gas Inc. and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). The cauldron, which VANOC designed and fabricated, is located on the west side of the International Broadcast Centre at Jack Poole Plaza at 1055 Canada Place.

This legacy will ensure the cauldron, lit at the conclusion of the spectacular Olympic Opening Ceremonies by Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, will be a lasting reminder of the Games.

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Canada Line

At a length of nearly 19 km, the Canada Line is an automated rail-based rapid transit service connecting Vancouver with central Richmond and the Vancouver Airport -- linking growing residential, business, health care, educational and other centres in the region -- and adding transit capacity equivalent to 10 major road lanes. The Canada Line connects with existing rapid transit lines at Waterfront Station and major east-west transit services, creating an enhanced transit network to serve the region.

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Richmond Olympic Oval

The Richmond Olympic Oval officially opened its doors December 12, 2008 and recently was home to long track speed skating during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. * Post-Games, the Oval will become an international centre of excellence for sports and wellness. The Oval’s flexible design will allow it to be used for a wide variety of different sport and community uses.

In typical use, the Oval’s main activity floor will have three primary activity areas offering ice, hardwood courts and an indoor track area. This will offer a full range of training and competitive opportunities for both summer and winter sports, ranging from developmental and recreational to elite level sport.

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