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Olympics: Zipping over Vancouver

Posted by Kari Bodnarchuk  February 18, 2010 10:00 AM

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When you’re standing in Robson Square, one of Vancouver’s main celebration sites during the Olympics, look up. Now through February 28, you’ll see people zipping along two wires that stretch over the square. The 550-foot zip line takes riders over an outdoor stage, the GE Plaza Ice Rink, and hordes of Olympic supporters gathered in the courtyard beside the Vancouver Art Gallery (home to the BC Canada Pavilion and a fascinating Leonardo da Vinci exhibit, The Mechanics of Man, featuring the artist’s anatomical drawings – both free throughout the Olympics).

 

The zip line opens at 10 a.m. daily, with the last zip at 9 p.m., but get in line early, if possible: The wait for this free ride can take up to six hours! The good news is that if you are stuck in a long queue, you’ll be entertained by the performers on the nearby ice rink stage beginning at 11 a.m. each day. And if you’re there after dark, stick around until 9:30 p.m., when the square hosts a dazzling laser and pyrotechnics show.

 

Video by Kari Bodnarchuk for The Boston Globe

 

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