Stay Healthy

To ensure you enjoy a safe and healthy stay in the Vancouver and Whistler areas during the 2010 Winter Games, please make note of the following:

2010 Winter Games Spectator Hospital
St. Paul’s Hospital is the Games-designated spectator hospital. In case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 or visit for a complete list of hospitals.

St. Paul’s Hospital
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
1 604 682 2344

Whistler Health Care Centre
4380 Lorimer Road
Whistler, BC
1 604 932 4911

Health Information  
For non-emergencies, general health information may be accessed 24 hours a day by dialing 8-1-1 (HealthLink BC). If you’re unable to dial 8-1-1 from your calling area, please call 1 604 215 8110 or 1 866 215 4700.

Medical Travel Insurance
Before leaving home, review your health plan to make sure your coverage includes international travel. If it does not, it is strongly recommended that you purchase appropriate medical travel insurance to cover unforeseen medical/health incidents during your stay in Canada.

It is recommended that all visitors receive a vaccine against influenza at least two weeks before arriving in Vancouver. 

For more information on vaccines and other medical issues, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website at

Dialysis Services  
Visitors requiring hemodialysis services during their stay are strongly advised to book them well in advance of their trip. Contact the Providence Health Care renal program at 1 604 806 9034 or Requests must be submitted by January 15, 2010.

Non-Smoking Policy  
The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games are smoke- and tobacco-free. Smoking is prohibited within indoor venues and smoking outdoors is restricted to designated areas.

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