Luckily, one of these challenges—sold-out accommodations—is partly a myth.
Lodging is actually in abundance, just not in traditional form. There are alternatives, such as cruises, B&Bs, home and condo rentals, and hotel rooms in outer-lying areas. A commute to an event or venue should be expected as a normal part of an Olympic day.
Home/room rental sites: Rent2010.net
Of course, there's always Craigslist,
Or go to 2010destinationplanner.com
, click on "Accommodation," and scroll down to click to vacation rentals and bed & breakfasts in Vancouver or along the Sunshine Coast.TICKETS
CoSport essentially has a monopoly on selling Olympic tickets in the U.S.
Of course scalpers and other resellers will be out in full force! If you go this route, know that you have more protection against deceit by using established online resellers like StubHub
Public transportation in Vancouver is rapid, all-encompassing, and improving: by Games-time, there'll be new lines and ferries, a rapid airport connection, the works. And don't let the proximity of the border fool you, either: border lines will likely be long, and security procedures heightened. Think what a damper that would be!
It's too soon for the organizers to release the shuttle schedule between Vancouver and Whistler (or even be able to predict how often they'll run), but you can also travel back and forth on the Olympic Bus Network. Unlike the shuttle, the $25 round-trip fee isn't included in your event ticket, but it is a subsidized rate and not bad. If you've got events in both places, it'll be better than changing accommodations mid-stream.