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Vancouver's Olympic Legacy

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games, hosted in Vancouver and the nearby town of Whistler, may be long over, but you can still catch some of that Olympic spirit. At several locations around the region, there is evidence of the Games.

Olympic Cauldron. The Olympic flame burned in this landmark on the downtown waterfront, adjacent to the Vancouver Convention Centre. These days, the cauldron is lit only on special occasions, but you can still wander around this impressive towering sculpture. Foot of Thurlow St.

Olympic Village. During the Games, Olympic athletes stayed in a collection of new residential buildings on the southeast shore of False Creek, not far from Science World. They're now a mix of condominiums and rental apartments. With the exception of the Creekside Community Centre, which houses a public fitness facility, the buildings themselves are not open to the public, but the waterfront setting, with views of the city, is spectacular.

Hillcrest Centre. Home to the 2010 Olympic curling events, this complex near Queen Elizabeth Park is one of the city's newest community centers, with indoor and outdoor pools, a skating rink, a fitness center, and a branch of the public library. 4575 Clancy Loranger Way (Ontario St., at 30th Ave.) 604/257-8680 www.hillcrestcentre.ca.

Richmond Olympic Oval. Olympic speed skaters circled the tracks at this riverfront complex in suburban Richmond. It's now a massive 23,000-square-foot fitness facility, offering exercise equipment; two Olympic-size skating rinks; basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts; running tracks; indoor rowing; and more. You can purchase a one-day pass to use the facility for C$16.50. 6111 River Rd., Richmond 778/296-1400 www.richmondoval.ca.

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