Richmond’s House of Gold

Bringing legacies and dreams to life

Vancouver 2010. What makes the Olympics so magnificent, spectacular that it draws the world together focusing on the flame? A flame that was once a spark in the hearts of our Olympic hopefuls and through the years burned brighter, and through the days building up to the opening events its power and strength within communities near and far builds up to this moment.

Through the world’s young athletes’ inspiration, passion and commitment to be here we touch on their dreams and believe. With so many dreams culminating on one point of the globe reaching fulfillment in this one place in time, the flame’s fury defines this heated passion. Together, in this moment we define ourselves by those places that make us feel alive and embrace the mantra to “Believe, anything is possible!”

Vancouver 2010 Club – A Patron’s Program – Live the Dream while the Concierge Service minds the details.

Believing and making dreams reality. This $285,000.00 CDN (excluding tax) Vancouver 2010 GOLD Club package is one way of making a difference while enjoying the energy excitement and benefits of this unique offer. Highlights feature 100 A-level seating- the best available seats at all Olympic events, opening and closing ceremonies, all hockey (most notably the Gold Medal Game), figure skating, speed skating events and more. Also, 120 premium tickets to the nightly Victory Ceremonies and concerts held at BC Place where nightly awarding of each day’s medals and top musical acts from around the world are experienced.

What better way to enjoy the Olympics within the comfort of a dedicated four-passenger Sports Utility Vehicle and drivers for the entire 17 days of the Olympic Game period? The Vancouver 2010 Club Transportation Team is providing facilitated access to Olympic lanes throughout Vancouver and ease of access to Olympic venues. The Concierge Service operating a dedicated hotline connecting members directly to Vancouver 2010 Club staff to personalize the experience, accommodate hospitality choices and additional Vancouver 2010 Club functions to meet, mingle and network in style. With limited Club packages, less than 10 GOLD Club packages remain.

Imagine living the moment as a torchbearer in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. All Vancouver 2010 GOLD Club Runners receive their own torch and official Olympic Torch relay uniform. As well, each Vancouver 2010 GOLD Club member will be presented with Club apparel and an exclusive commemorative gift, produced by Birks for this tremendous contribution.

A 20-minute drive south of downtown Vancouver, Richmond's 17 islands in the mouth of the Fraser River are packed with things to do. Known as “The Island City,” Richmond is a venue city for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The newly constructed Richmond Olympic Oval will host the Olympic Winter Games' exciting long track Speed Skating events.

Richmond had a vision and the Richmond Olympic Oval was created. This vision and decision catapulted Richmond into the international arena for sport, tourism and business development which will leave legacies for this community for years to come. One such legacy is the development

of a sport hosting department managed by the City of Richmond and funded by Tourism Richmond. This partnership will result in bringing world class sport events to Richmond and to the Richmond Olympic Oval.

As home of the Richmond Olympic Oval, the City of Richmond has planned a spectacular celebration for 2010. An offcial Celebration Site for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Richmond’s O Zone is set to overfow with energy and excitement. The O Zone is conveniently located in the heart of Richmond’s City Centre. The O Zone features multicultural programming, headliner entertainment, appearances by Olympic athletes and medallists, interactive art and activities, a unique outdoor skating surface and food and beverage stations.

Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks visitors to the best in local skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing & ice skating. With 2

6 runs – 14 open for night skiing, the latest in lift technology & the most extensive snowmaking system around, Grouse Mountain is Vancouver’s favourite winter playground. Situated 3,700 feet above the city of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's restaurants showcase some of the best of British Columbia from fine dining at The Observatory to après in Altitudes Bistro to outdoor BBQs at Rusty Rail patio.

With excitement mounting and the region transforming to welcome and host the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the "Olympic experience" is possible without having a ticket to an event. There are various "Live Sites and Celebration areas in Whistler and Vancouver that are free to the public, which will have big screen TV’s broadcasting the events, concerts and other entertainment, as well as various "Country Houses" such as Heineken House in Richmond, plus the Aboriginal Pavilion in Vancouver and a "French Quarter" on Granville Island (just as a few examples). Also, more than 90% of the slopes on Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains will be open during the Games, so it's a chance to ski Whistler without the crowds, while rubbing elbows with Olympians and enjoying free parties and celebrations in the Village.

NBC Today Show is broadcasting live from Grouse Mountain and will be open 24/7 February 12-28, 2010 for the duration of the Games (including skiing!). Those interested in Richmond's vibrant local arts scene should stop by the Richmond Art Gallery whose collection focuses on contemporary works by local artists. This area is known for its excellent Asian restaurants and markets, so mark the Golden Village on the list of places to visit. A wealth of Asian-themed shopping, from Hong Kong jewelry and fashions to Asian herbal remedies and specialty foods abound.

Throughout BC the Olympic fever is found across hotels and resorts, restaurants, and shops. At the Four Seasons Resort Whistler the hotel’s flaming “2010 Torch Cocktail,” relayed to an unsuspecting guest’s table by a team of servers is worth the cheer. An athletic burst of pear purée, Monavie energy drink and lemongrass-infused vodka in a copper torch-inspired glass will set the tone for the evening festivities.

For some time out enjoy the numerous spas throughout the region, each with unique offerings and exceptional spa experiences. A few choice selections to revitalize are within the ambiance of prominent local spas, such as Spa at The Four Seasons Resort Whistler and the Absolute Spa at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport.

Photo credit: Four Seasons Resort Whistler