Olympic Village
Olympic Village
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Neighbourhood: East Vancouver
How to get there
  • Main St–Science World[e] • 6 min walk
  • Pacific Central Station • 9 min walk
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada14,425 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Based on most of the reviews for this attraction, it would appear folks come hoping to find some significant nod to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics . . . and then leave disappointed when they’re met with a bunch of condos. I don’t blame them for their disappointment. I’ve patronized this neighbourhood numerous times over the years and it still underwhelms. Don’t get me wrong: It’s a beautiful area – a far cry from what it used to be – but the lack of any sort of historical write-up, I think, is what “underwhelms.” When you come here, you probably know the condos were built to host the athletes and coaches participating in the 2010 Olympics, but there’s not much to contextualize it. The condos are just there, adjacent the False Creek Seawall. There’s not much directly referencing the important role this area played in “the games” less the name (“Olympic Village”), street sign (“Athletes Way”), and a congratulatory plaque honouring Millennium Development Group. In my view, that’s some pretty thin sauce, but then there’s always the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza, I guess . . .

Okay, rant done. The history of this neighbourhood – while only paid lip service at Olympic Village – is quite interesting. Knowing about it, I think, enriches one’s appreciation of the area. In a nutshell, this is a former industrial site, which mostly consisted of parking lots and some equipment. This seemingly distant past is paid homage to via nearby Hinge Park (also part of the Olympic Village neighbourhood). If you patronize this 2.3 acre park, the theme of “industrialization” makes itself all too evident. Does it enhance the area or detract from it? While some might poo-poo the concept, I personally enjoy it. It highlights, in a graphic and not to be forgotten way, what this area looked like in the days of yore while concomitantly demonstrating why we should do all we can to protect the environment. It’s beautiful, in its own way, and Olympic Village is all the better for it.

Inching closer to the more recent past, the Olympic Village we see today was built between 2006 and 2009. When the “Athletes Village” – as it was known at the time – housed the coaches and athletes for the 2010 games, this area was still relatively undeveloped, save for the housing units and a couple of small shops. It was only after the games concluded, and VANOC “returned” Olympic Village to the city, that a big push for further development was made. It took some time (businesses were initially hesitant), but within a few years of the games ending, Olympic Village began to look like the thriving mixed-use community we see today: Residential units (the “Olympic Village”), numerous shops and restaurants (think Ophelia Mexican Kitchen or Tap & Barrel).

In the current day, while I lament the lack of any significant nod to “2010,” I will nevertheless concede that Olympic Village is a nice place to visit – especially if you happen to be walking along the Seawall. While here, you can enjoy a bite to eat at one of the aforementioned restaurants; visit a shop; or admire some of the public art found along Olympic Village Square. Macleod’s “The Birds” is certainly eye-catching (see my earlier review on this site), as is the First Nations imagery. Once considered by some to be a failed Olympic-era project, this place is now a proverbial hub!
Written 30 April 2022
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Dima I
Vancouver, Canada294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Yes, you read it right... There is a Beaver Habitat at the Olympic Village in Vancouver. The dam is in the middle of the pond, North end of the Village between West 1st Avenue (at Columbia) and the Sea Wall. The animals are nocturnal and thus they come out after the sun comes down. There are 12 of them now, with 4 new babies just arrived recently.
Written 19 August 2017
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David B
Boulder, Colorado1,861 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Really not much to see. The village was returned to the city after the Olympics and sold off as condos. It became the centerpiece of more development. There is some interesting urban streetscape but not really much to see
Written 22 June 2016
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WorldTravelers34
Chicago, IL2,266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
We walked around this area on a recent trip to Vancouver. This is a pretty cool and neat neighborhood. It doesn't have the crazy downtown busy vibe. Located in Southeast False Creek, the Olympic Village was built for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, to house athletes and Olympic officials coming from across the world. After the Olympics, the Olympic accommodate on became residential housing. The development aligns with the City's goals, addressing environmental, economic, and social issues. The Olympic Village is a mixed-use community, with approximately 1,100 residential units, area parks, and a growing number of retail and service outlet
Written 7 April 2018
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joe-chicago-23
Chesterfield, MO1,236 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Expected to see artifacts of the 2010 Olympic Games. All that is there is a sign discussing repurposing the apartments and open spaces in an environmentally friendly way.
That said, there are nice biking, hiking and dog walking areas. Some stores and restaurants and beautiful views of False Creek.
Written 21 June 2018
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Devon P
Oakland, CA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
Had a nice jog around Olympic Village, I would estimate it is about 3mi long. It is right on the water -- I happened upon it when I went to visit a Crossfit Gym in the area and they were closed unexpectedly. You have Olympic Village, Rogers Arena, Science Museum and Yaletown that intersect along the path. I recommend trying to do the full walk. You get a great view of the City this way, with a bike path, walking path and it is very family friendly. Looks like they have canoes and boats available during the warmer months that you can use too.
Written 2 March 2018
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JourneyCycles
Vancouver, Canada284 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
Came here on a sunny July Sunday and the place was packed-- families, cyclists, walkers, diners and shoppers. Not surprising, this burgeoning neighbourhood is a great place to call home and a great place for a day out. There is a focal village square with two giant bird sculptures for photo taking. There are parks with playgrounds, nice fragrant wild roses, interesting giant deck loungers and fun swivel chairs to amuse kids. We have come here for coffee at Urban Fare, tea at Terra Breads and beer at Craft. It is a good place to bring visitors.
Written 17 July 2016
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Ryan G
Vancouver, Canada661 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
I recommend Tap & Barrell if you're looking for a nice place to enjoy a drink or meal in Olympic Village. The restaurant has some amazing views of False Creek as well.
Written 27 February 2016
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James C
Fairbanks, AK98 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
I asked Hostel staff about it and she didn't know so I took water taxi (another thing to avoid another complete waste of money and time take a ferry boat instead if you want a boat ride it's longer and even cheaper if you return within transfer time) there's nothing to see or do ,there are plenty of other places to walk even just down local streets with interesting views.
Written 10 September 2015
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jjcoffman
Parker, CO1,086 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
It’s a nice place but I expected more about the Olympics. It’s a good view of the science center, and most waterside spots are gorgeous in Vancouver.
Written 20 October 2019
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