Vancouver Olympics: Canada Pavilion Showcases National Tourism, Unfamiliar Sports

By Michael O'Connell February 24, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

The Canada Pavilion in LiveCity Yaletown

Photo: Dean Hannas

As the games' host country, Canada built one of the most comprehensive national pavilions in LiveCity Yaletown, making it not just a showcase of the nation's Olympic feats, but a platform for its travel and tourism campaign, which includes separate pavilions for different provinces and territories.

Created by TBA Global Canada and partner GES Canada, the two-story, temporary structure has been a hub of activity since opening on February 12, and unlike most other pavilions, will remain open through the duration of the Paralympics, which end March 21. The site's $10.4 million price tag includes construction, programming, and a variety of video games designed to help visitors pick which Olympic sport they're best suited to.

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