Three New Views of Olympic Vancouver

 The Kruzenshtern has a height of 51 metres and a usual crew of 257

From Russia With Lub

The Russian four-masted barque Kruzenshtern—114 metres of German-made tall ship—sails into North Vancouver’s Burrard Dry Dock (next to Lonsdale Quay) during the festivities. According to Canadian agent Rocky Rocksborough-Smith, a commercial license from Ottawa was imminent, which  means that in addition to dockside visits, you should be able to board the Kruzenshtern for a tour of Burard Inlet, Russian pirate-style! Arrives February 10.

Details on the North Shore.



Bombardier's Flexity streetcar can accommodate 50 seated passengers and 128 standers, and travels at a top speed of 70 kph

Ding, Ding, Ding!

From Russia to Belgium, we hop the Olympic Line, the modern “Flexity” streetcar running between Granville Island and Olympic Village, on loan from the Belgian transit authority until March 21. The free 1.8-kilometre trip runs every 6 to 10 minutes from 6:30 am to 12:30 pm daily, and deposits you in spitting distance of the Island madnes on the one side and a five-minute walk from Sochi World (once Science World) on the other—Sochi World, the Russia House of the Olympics, will be agog with its own excitement over its position as imcoming host for the 2014 Games. The result of an $8.5 million investment by the city, this enhanced streetcar is meant to grow over time into downtown and Stanley Park. Get in on the ground floor. Runs now to March 21.

Details on False Creek.


The ziptrek drops you four storeys, from a tower above the law courts to a tower near the VAG

Life on the Line

Wandering Robsonstrasse, Schnoodle in your Snugli, you’ve felt a lack at the heat of your life, an emptiness that no amount of repeat trips to the eyebrow-touchup bar seems able to fill. What you’ve lacked, dear, is a diagonal descent at top speed across the madding crowd. Ziptrek freewheels you from a tower eight storeys above the law courts for 170 metres of above-the-crowds glee. Free; organizers expect to accommodate 1,000 people (30 kilos plus) a day. Runs February 12 to February 28.

Details on Downtown Vancouver.