Whistler Olympic Venue Tours
Experience the 2010 Winter Games Firsthand
The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have come and gone but the spirit and energy live on in Whistler. Exciting legacies like the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park and Whistler Olympic Plaza, are open to the public for tours and photo opportunities. Proceeds from tours help support future athletes. See winter venue information.
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Olympic Venue & Tour Information
Whistler Sliding Centre
Located in the beautiful Fitzsimmons valley on the southeast slope of Blackcomb Mountain, the Sliding Centre is the site of the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton competitions for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
- Take a free self-guided tour of the venue to learn more about the track and sliding sports.
- Visit www.whistlerslidingcentre.com for information on hours of operation.
- Guided tours are available with Whistler Eco Tours and Whistler Connection Tour & Travel Specialists.
- View helmet cam footage of the skeleton.
Whistler Olympic Park
Located 18 km south of Whistler in the stunning Callaghan Valley, Whistler Olympic Park is the first Olympic Nordic venue to include all three traditional Nordic sport stadiums in one site: cross-country, ski jumping and biathlon.
- Take a self-guided interpretive tour.
- Experience Biathlon, go horseback riding with Copper Cayuse Outfitters, or bring your bike to explore the venue.
- Take a walk, check the time on the Paralympic clock, visit the Inukshuk or build your own.
- Visit www.whistlerolympicpark.com for information on summer programming and hours of operation.
- Visit the Day Lodge offering beautiful views, light snacks and beverages from the licenced Brandywine Café.
- Visit the gift shop for gifts and mementos.
Olympic Legacy Display
Situated on Whistler Mountain in the Roundhouse Lodge, the Olympic Legacy Display showcases the achievements of local athletes and Games-time highlights.
- See athlete stories, photos and memorabilia.
- Stand on the wood carved replica of the medals podium for the perfect photo souvenir.
- From Whistler Village, foot passengers can take the Whistler Village Gondola to the Roundhouse Lodge. The gondola exits directly into the building.
- While at the top of Whistler Moutain, have a look around at the awe-inspiring scenery from the observation decks.
- Check out the Inukshuk located outside the Roundhouse Lodge or take the Peak Chair to the very top of the mountain to see another one.
- Food and beverage service is available. Check the mountain hours of operation before you head up.
- Find it on the Whistler Blackcomb trail map.
Whistler Olympic Plaza
Located in the heart of Whistler Village, Whistler Olympic Plaza is designed to be a lasting legacy for generations to come. Now that the 2010 Winter Games are completed, crews have transformed the former medals and celebration plaza into a lasting community amenity featuring free concerts, events and entertainment.
- An outdoor gathering place for residents and visitors, featuring an open grass lawn, a performance pavilion, outdoor performance spaces, an accessible playground and public art celebrating the 2010 Winter Games.
- Olympic and Paralympic memorabilia on display, such as the Olympic cauldron and installations to recognize the contributions of athletes, medal winners, volunteers, government agencies, and partner organizations involved in Whistler's journey to host the 2010 Winter Games.
- A memorial to Georgian Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili is also on site.
Lost Lake Passivhaus (formerly Austria Passive House)
Located at the main entrance to Lost Lake Park, between the upper and lower Villages and a short walk from the Village Stroll, the Lost Lake PassivHaus was built by the Austrian Passive House Group and designed to showcase what’s possible in terms of energy-efficient construction in Canada. During the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the building was home to the Austrian Olympic Committee and Austrian Public Broadcasting.
- A Passive House is a building in which a comfortable interior climate can be maintained without active heating or cooling systems. It requires little to no energy for heating and cooling due to construction using a combination of super insulation, thick walls and windows, solar retention, ground heat, and other technology.
- Featuring public seating areas, indoor washrooms, bike rentals and lessons, food and beverage services, and great views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
Located beside the Whistler Public Library, in the heart of the Whistler Village, the museum is open daily from 11 AM until 5 PM. Their newest exhibit, "Hosting the World", tells Whistler's story of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
- Featuring an interactive area where you can hold the Olympic torch, try on an Olympic ski bib and wear the volunteer "smurf" uniform, the exhibit is hands-on and lots of fun.
- Displaying the uniforms and gear of 13 of the Olympic and Paralympic athletes from the Sea-to-Sky corridor, including the snowboard cross uniform from Olympic gold medalist Maëlle Ricker and the racing helmet of Paralympic gold medalist Lindsay Debou.
- Other highlights include the Paralympic Cauldron and torch bearing uniform, the Canadian team podium uniform and a gate flag from the Olympic alpine ski races.
- A special exhibit, Whistler’s Olympic Journey, celebrates the community’s journey to the 2010 Winter Games, chronicling the story and artifacts of Whistler’s passionate visionaries that dreamed big and worked together as a community to make it all happen. From pioneers, fishing resort developers, artists, ski bums and visitors, everyone had a hand in creating Whistler.
- Guided tours of the exhibit are available by reservation. Visit www.whistlermuseum.org for more information.
Olympic Apparel & Memorabilia
Most souvenir shops offer Olympic souvenirs, clothing, and memorabilia so you can take a piece of Whistler's history home with you. After shopping, stop in at the Little Eatery at Whistler Olympic Plaza to refresh yourself.