Granville Street was Centre Ice during the Olympics.
- Lunarfest set up a Lantern forest with paper lanterns by children in Vancouver and Taiwan.
- Buskers traveled from all over the world to perform on our street, from escape artists, to Batman look alikes to jugglers, acrobats and musicians there was spectacles on every block.
- Canadian's love their Hockey. Granville Street was flooded with thousands of ebullient fans when we won the Men's Gold Medal game. Cheering and flag waving could be seen for up to 6 hours afterward. Random games of pick up street hockey also were common.
- A line-up could be seen going at the Hudson's Bay to purchase official Olympic merchandise, see the atheletes, and the Coke pin trading lounge.
- At the Sauder School of Business, the Royal Canadian Mint was inviting people to come in and trade their quarters for special limited edition olympic quarters and the opportunity to hold the olympic medals.
- At Birks, you could stumble into a visiting Olympian or pose in the bobsled.
- Robson Square was only one block away with ziplines, free skating and night time activations and projections.
If you missed it, Here are pictures of what it was like to be on Granville during the Olympics.
Thank you letter to Vancouver
By Brian Williams of NBC during his visit during the 2010 Olympics
After tonight's broadcast and after looting our hotel mini-bars, we're going to try to brave the blizzard and fly east to home and hearth, and to do laundry well into next week. Before we leave this thoroughly polite country, the polite thing to do is leave behind a thank-you note.
Thank you, Canada:
For being such good hosts.
For your unfailing courtesy.
For your (mostly) beautiful weather.
For scheduling no more than 60 percent of your float plane departures at the exact moment when I was trying to say something on television.
For not seeming to mind the occasional (or constant) good-natured mimicry of your accents.
For your unique TV commercials -- for companies like Tim Hortons -- which made us laugh and cry.
For securing this massive event without choking security, and without publicly displaying a single automatic weapon.
For having the best garment design and logo-wear of the games -- you've made wearing your name a cool thing to do.
For the sportsmanship we saw most of your athletes display.
For not honking your horns. I didn't hear one car horn in 15 days -- which also means none of my fellow New Yorkers rented cars while visiting.
For making us aware of how many of you have been watching NBC all these years.
For having the good taste to have an anchorman named Brian Williams on your CTV network, who turns out to be such a nice guy.
For the body scans at the airport which make pat-downs and cavity searches unnecessary.
For designing those really cool LED Olympic rings in the harbor, which turned to gold when your athletes won one.
For always saying nice things about the United States...when you know we're listening.
For sharing Joannie Rochette with us.
For reminding some of us we used to be a more civil society.
Mostly, for welcoming the world with such ease and making lasting friends with all of us.