Relive Centre Ice! / by Granville Street

This Saturday (February 12th) from 12 to 9pm, Granville Street will be reliving the Olympic spirit once again. Granville Street, from Dunsmuir to Smithe, will be closed to traffic to all sorts of family friendly activities that will celebrate the best moments of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

To help you plan out your day of celebration, here are some of the things happening on Granville:

Street hockey along Granville Street was one of those quintessentially Canadian Olympic moments and it will be happening again on Saturday. Organized by Five Hole for Food, there will be VIP games, starting with the Mayor at noon, and some local celebrities and teams after that, including Vancouver indie artist Dan Mangan. There will also be a space for just pick-up hockey games. You can register at the Five Hole for Food website, or just bring your sticks and your Red and Whites.

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Highlights of the Olympic Games and the party atmosphere will be playing in the CTV tent and then projected onto the Sears' building when it gets darker. And all along Granville Street, there will be buskers performing, just like last year.

CTV will also be doing a live 6 pm newscast and QMFM radio station will be broadcasting live from the event from 12 pm to 5 pm.

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The Royal Canadian Mint will back out in force again, setting up on Granville Street and exchanging for collectible quarters. They’ll also letting people take pictures with the Olympic medals at their new boutique on Granville but space is limited and you have to register. Go to their website for registration details, but for now, the exhibit times for February 12th are from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm. They’re opened today and Sunday as well, so make sure you check them out.

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Lunar Fest is also being held on the 12th at the Vancouver Art Gallery. They have a bunch of free activities going on, especially for the young ones, including a lantern-making workshop running from 3 to 6 pm. Then at 6:30 pm, they will have a procession through Granville Street, ending with a fire performance! I know right! Pretty cool.

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McDonalds on Granville have invited Olympic figure skater Patrick Chan to sign autographs at their restaurant! It’s at 891 Granville Street, near Smithe 2 pm – 3 pm. The first 100 people to sign the Go Canada! Banner, to send wishes to our Canadian athletes in 2012, will receive an autographed card from Patrick Chan.

Phew, there are a ton of activities for tomorrow on Granville. There will also be Flash Mobs popping up all along the street and The Bay is having an awesome Olympic Experience event (see our other post), and to get you from one awesome activity to another, Joe Fresh Style will be offering complimentary pedicab taxi service from Georgia and Granville to their store at 540 Granville between 12 pm to 5 pm. Look for their branded pedicabs and when you get to Joe Fresh, they will be handing out free rain ponchos.

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Hope everyone has fun this weekend on Granville Street and hope this helped you guide your Olympic Anniversary day. Let us know what you did during the 12th on Twitter (@shopgranville) and on Facebook.