With 7 months to go, Vancouver is gearing up to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The main Olympic Games will take place Feb. 12-28, 2010, followed by the Paralympic Games from March 12-21, 2010.

As the world converges on Vacouver, Airfarewatchdog wanted to provide you with some useful details and website links as you plan your trip to Canada.

Getting to/from Canada:

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is one of the world's largest airports and has over 70 domestic and international airlines providing service. A few of the main international airlines with service to/from Vancouver are:

Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Continental, Delta, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, LAN Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Mexicana, Northwest Airlines, Qantas, SAS, Thai Airways, United, and US Airways.

When to buy your tickets? Well, that's your call as some people prefer to wait and see while others want to book their flights as soon as possible. But we can help you make that choice by updating your account to inclulde airfares to Vancouver (YVR). With our handy-dandy email alerts, you'll be notified of airfare deals from your local airport to Vancouver.

If you've never been to the Vancouver airport, check out the airport's terminal maps and guides they've created for arriving passengers. And! - you can even watch a virtual tour. If you need any help or have questions as you leave Vancouver, there is a section for departing passengers as well.

Winter Olympics:

The main website for the 2010 Winter Olympics is packed with tons of information for the avid sports fan. Check out these links for the list of winter sports, the Olympic Torch Relay, ticketing information, Olympic merchandise --- AND! --- if you have the time, you can even become a volunteer at for the Olympics. Show off your dance moves and become part of the Opening or Closing Ceremonies!

Accommodations. Ugh. Finding accommodations that will meet your needs can be a huge dilemma, especially if you are traveling with a big group. The 2010 Games have tried to tackle this problem by providing Olympic fans with a Destination Planner website. At the website, you can book your accommodations to be near your favorite Olympic sport and find transportation information that will help you get around the greater metro Vancouver area.

Sorry, but we couldn't resist. What is tall with brown fur, likes to play hockey and wears bright blue ear muffs? Its "Quatchi", one of the three Olympic Mascots. Quatchi, a sasquatch from the mysterious forests of Canada, along with Miga (a young sea bear) and Sumi (an animal spirit) will help promote the Olympic spirit with both kids and adults alike.

With 220 days and counting, start planning your Olympic vacation or you might be left out  . . .  (wait for it!) . . .  in the cold.

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