A legacy of the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler Olympic Plaza is a state-of-the-art outdoor performance facility and community space with a park and playground set against one of Whistler's most dramatic backdrops.
Whistler Olympic Plaza is in the heart of Whistler VIllage, adjacent to the Olympic Rings: 4144 Village Stroll (Road access from 4365 Blackcomb Way).
Whistler Presents Program
On any given winter afternoon or summer evening, catch an array of free performances ranging from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to major sporting and cultural events. Whistler Presents schedule.
Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza
Each winter Whistler Olympic Plaza is transformed to an outdoor skating rink with the most spectacular view. Adjacent to the outdoor rink, a Snow Zone is created, where families can frolick and slide. Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza
For 27 days during the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler Olympic Plaza was the site for nightly medal ceremonies. Reminders of those days are reflected in its design.
The Olympic rings and Paralympic Agitos that graced the entrance to Medals Plaza during the Games 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.
The Whistler Cenotaph has been relocated from the fire hall to north side of Whistler Olympic Plaza, at the base of the four large flag poles.
The Cenotaph relocation project was initiated by a citizens group and the Rotary Club of Whistler. The project’s objective was to better accommodate Remembrance Day ceremonies and improve the visibility of the cenotaph on a year-round basis. The municipality is continuing to work closely with the Rotary Club of Whistler on all aspects of the project, as well as Remembrance Day Ceremony event planners.
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Whistler Olympic Plaza: The Story of a Lasting Legacy
The legacy of the Paralympics is seen in the 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. The area also has accessible washrooms that are located in a freestanding building beside the inclusive playground.