Rio 2016: Canada Olympic House design unveiled

On Thursday, plans for Canada Olympic House at Rio 2016 were unveiled.

Primarily serving as an oasis for family and friends of Olympians in competition, the house will be located in the Leblon area of the city and expects to host over 20,000 visitors during the Games.

Creating a space fit to cater to the most important people in the lives of Team Canada athletes requires a national effort. To that end, Olympic Team partners have stepped up in a big way to contribute to the cause.

Some of the highlights of the house will be viewing areas from which Canadians can watch and cheer on their Olympians. Canadian Tire and Sport Chek are providing 2,478 pieces of products to help make these spaces cozy.

Following events is always more fun while discussing it online, so Bell has stepped in to provide high speed WiFi in the house and product specialists on-site.

When hungry or thirsty during marathon viewing sessions, visitors can count on snacks and beverages provided by Mondelez, General Mills, Molson Coors and Coca Cola.

Many will have a chance to get to venues and watch live, thanks to Petro-Canada providing 3,000 tickets for those closest to the athletes. 

On way to competition, a stop at the Canadian Olympic Team store inside the house is a must to show off Team Canada colours at the arena with official Hudson’s Bay and Oakley collections. 

These are just some of the many ways Olympic Team partners are helping athletes have a worry-free experience in Rio, with their loved ones looked after, leaving them to focus on the field of play. 

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While the primary use of the house is to help relatives and relations, Canadian visitors to the Olympic Games often want to experience the digs from the inside. Team Canada will be looking into how it can accommodate that demand, potentially opening the doors to casual visitors on particular days. Details to come.

The plan – which is well under construction in Rio – was unveiled at the offices of Yabu Pushelberg in Toronto. The acclaimed designers have created tremendous hotel, retail and restaurant spaces all over the world, and are providing pro bono services in the creation of Canada Olympic House.