Whistler Olympic Plaza
Whistler Olympic Plaza is one of the many legacies of the 2010 Winter Games and was the site for nightly medal ceremonies during the Olympics and Paralympics, as well as the Paralympic Closing Ceremony.
Today, Whistler Olympic Plaza is a state-of-the-art outdoor performance facility and community space with a park, inclusive playground and Great Lawn set against a dramatic mountain backdrop in the heart of Whistler Village.
Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza
Each winter, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, transforms Whistler Olympic Plaza into skating rinks. With room for 150 skaters, skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza is an intimate as it is spectacular. The site is available for public skating as well as private rentals.
Whistler Presents Program
Throughout the year, Whistler Olympic Plaza hosts outdoor concerts and events through the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s Whistler Presents program, as well as other third-party providers.
Programming at Whistler Olympic Plaza includes the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and a range of musical performers to major sporting and cultural events.
Dogs, other than service animals, are not permitted to attend events at Whistler Olympic Plaza; however, dogs are allowed at the venue during other times as long as they are on leash.
Reminders of the 27 days during the 2010 Winter Games are an important part of the plaza’s design, which reflects the three pillars of the Olympic and Paralympics: sport, environment and culture.
The Olympic rings and Paralympic Agitos that graced the entrance to Medals Plaza during the Games remain at Whistler Olympic Plaza and are a favourite spot for photos.
Just beyond the Olympic rings, eight aluminum panels commemorate every athlete who participated in the 2010 Winter Games. A special memorial for Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili is a reminder of the commitment, spirit, and passion displayed by amateur athletes. The original Olympic cauldron, lit to signify the opening of the XXI Winter Games, has also found a permanent home in the plaza.
The Four Host First Nations’ participation in the 2010 Winter Games was essential to its success. The Olympic Lightning Figure was created to honour the Olympic legacy, the families of the area, and the legend of lightning snakes, which is depicted in the pole carving design. The lightning snakes brought skills and tools to the Squamish and Lil'wat people to allow them to flourish in their traditional territory.
Whistler Olympic Plaza builds on the Paralympic legacy of increased accessibility in Whistler. Throughout the plaza, people using wheelchairs can use a network of low-grade (less than five per cent) ramps, and raised viewing areas for performances. The 4,000 square-metre inclusive playground meets the needs of children with disabilities (or children with parents with disabilities) to allow side-by-side play with friends, families, and caregivers. In addition, the area has accessible washrooms that are located in a freestanding building beside the inclusive playground.
Hosting an Event at Whistler Olympic Plaza
Whistler Olympic Plaza is scalable, flexible, and easy for any festival or event. Designed with maximum functionality in mind, the site can provide a weather-protected venue for up to 1,000 people or be configured into an outdoor venue for up to 5,000 people.