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One of the 23 podiums for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games. Each podium is assembled from more than 200 wooden pieces. The Ministry of Forests and Range sourced the wood.
NEWS RELEASE · 12th February 2010
Ministry of Forests and Range

VANCOUVER - Each of the 23 stunning wood podiums used at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games tells a unique story of the people and communities of British Columbia.

The podiums are built from 18 distinct wood types, and the wood for each podium was harvested and donated from a specific area in the province. Donors include family run woodlots, First Nations, communities, small business and world leaders in sustainable forest products.

The podiums provide insight to British Columbia's culture and geography, including the 10,000-year history of First Nations, forests managed by local communities and the importance of forestry to the Province's economy.

Profiles for each of the 23 podiums, including the community, donor and wood type are posted at

The wood podiums highlight the importance of forestry in British Columbia. The province is a global leader in sustainable forest management and the world's largest exporter of softwood lumber, paper and bio-energy products that help mitigate climate change and provide innovative solutions to green building and energy needs.

B.C. Place

Event: Victory Ceremonies
Community: Clayoquot Sound
Donor: Iisaak Forest Resources
Wood type: Coastal Western Red Cedar

Event: Team Victory Ceremonies
Community: District of Mission
Donor: Mission Municipal Forest
Wood type: Coastal Douglas-fir

Cypress Mountain

Events: Freestyle Skiing, Snowboard
Community: Westbank First Nation
Donor: Westbank First Nation Community Forest
Wood type: Lodgepole Pine

Events: Freestyle Skiing, Snowboard
Community: Port Hardy
Donor: Burgess Family
Wood type: Amabilis Fir

Pacific Coliseum

Events: Figure Skating, Short Track, Speed Skating
Community: Prince George
Donors: Prince George Community Forest, Lakeland Mills
Wood type: Blue-Stained Lodgepole Pine

Events: Team Figure Skating, Team Short Track Speed Skating
Community: Ktunaxa Nation
Donor: Ktunaxa Nation Community Forest
Wood type: Western Larch

Richmond Olympic Oval

Event: Speed Skating
Community: Powell River
Donor: Powell River Community Forest
Wood type: Coastal Douglas-fir

Event: Team Speed Skating
Community: Campbell River
Donor: Western Forest Products
Wood type: Yellow Cedar

Vancouver Olympic Centre

Event: Curling
Community: Community of Likely, Xat’sull First Nation
Donor: Likely-Xat'sull Community Forest
Wood type: Interior Douglas-fir

Vancouver Paralympic Centre

Event: Wheelchair Curling
Community: Clearwater
Donor: Wells Grey Community Forest
Wood type: Paper Birch

Whistler Creekside

Event: Alpine Skiing
Community: Revelstoke
Donors: Revelstoke Community Forest, Downie Timber
Wood type: Interior Western Red Cedar

Event: Paralympic Alpine Skiing
Community: Williams Lake
Donor: West Fraser Timber Company
Wood type: Subalpine Fir

Whistler Olympic Park

Event: Biathlon
Community: The Kootenays
Donor: Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association
Wood type: Grand Fir

Event: Cross-Country Skiing
Community: Fort St. James
Donor: District of Fort St. James Community Forest
Wood type: White Spruce

Event: Ski Jumping
Community: City of Kamloops
Donor: City of Kamloops
Wood type: Blue-Stained Ponderosa Pine

Events: Team Biathlon, Team Cross-Country, Team Nordic Combined
Community: Williams Lake
Donor: Pioneer Log Homes
Wood type: Coastal Western Red Cedar

Events: Team Biathlon, Team Nordic Combined, Team Ski jumping
Community: Sechelt
Donor: Sunshine Coast Community Forest
Wood type: Coastal Western Red Cedar

Whistler Medals Plaza

Event: Victory Ceremonies
Community: McBride
Donor: McBride Community Forest
Wood type: Western Hemlock

Event: Team Victory Ceremonies
Community: Bella Coola Valley
Donor: The Bella Coola Resource Society Community Forest
Wood type: Sitka Spruce

Event: Paralympic Victory Ceremonies
Community: The Cariboo
Donors: Cariboo Woodlot Association, Blake Family, Brown-John Family
Wood type: Interior Douglas-fir

Whistler Paralympic Park

Events: Biathlon, Cross-Country
Community: Merritt
Donor: Aspen Planers
Wood type: Engelmann Spruce

Events: Team Biathlon, Team Cross-Country
Community: Cheslatta Carrier Nation
Donor: Cheslatta Community Forest
Wood type: Underwater Lodgepole Pine

Whistler Sliding Centre

Events: Bobsleigh, Luge, Skeleton
Community: Houston
Donor: Dungate Community Forest
Wood type: Lodgepole Pine
Minister Bell with McBride Community Forest GM Marc von der Gonna, Ministry of Forest & Range's Greg Bach, Dana Hayden, Len Leroux, Robin Hood of the BC Community Forest Association..
Minister Bell with McBride Community Forest GM Marc von der Gonna, Ministry of Forest & Range's Greg Bach, Dana Hayden, Len Leroux, Robin Hood of the BC Community Forest Association..
Comment by Jen Russell on 14th February 2010
did Houston get kicked out of the northwest? I realize that it's only ONE place in the northwest, but i believe that makes it false to say none are from the northwest...

Ed Note: Sorry to offend, but just how far West of PG would you consider the central interior to extend? Perspective maybe, but just where should Northwest extend to East of Smithers? Should Smithers even be included? Endako has argued to be the geographical center of BC . . . So . . . just considering . . . the statement is only false when divisions or boundaries are set arbitrarily (such as we did) or by a committee. Everyone has their own perspective. For most of North America the Northwest includes Seattle. So lets just call the region of the Kitimat-Stikine-Skeena-Haida Gwaii; the Sacred Circle, no podiums built with wood (decadent wood none the less) from the Sacred Circle!

if that's the case then i would say that none of them are from the sacred circle....i dunno it was just a thought...totally not offended...but if you talk to most people they thing houston is in the northwest of bc :D

Yes, quite right. All of these boundaries are artificial. One commentor here in Terrace asked, 'Where is this Sacred Circle? Show me where it says that on a map." The simple reponse could be, "Where is this Northwest? Show me where it says that on a map." So what to do? Change the title of the article?

Well, Premier Campbell ridiculed the Terrace City Councillors during a ride together in an elevator during a conference in the lower mainland when the Mayor referred to the area as the Northwest. "You're not still calling it that are you?" asked Gordon. A Marketing genius (I use the term loosely) stated we need to brand ourselves, as did Campbell, "What do we have here that can not be found anywhere else" Well the Northwest Native Matriarchial Totem/Feast hall original peoples here are a pure unique treasure that cannot be found anywhere but here.

So I suppose it is called ownership of the region, yes, the Sacred Circle it is. We will from now on delineate Smithers West as a seperate identity, just to be clear, as the Sacred Circle.

The Olympics, feature first nations symbolism and artistry. Vanoc ignores the sweaters uniquely made by the Cowichan such as the Tsartlip nations and have outsiders attempt to re-create them. They have goofy Japanese style mascots in some bizarre attempt to emulate ancient cultural native legends. And they make award ceremony stands from wood from every region except the Sacred Circle.

All of these attempts to use the first nations culture for marketing have side stepped the matriarchial, totem, feast hall, hereditary cultures, yet have used their history, symbolism and artistry.

Even Pat Bell, the Minister, couldn't ask for wood from the Gitxsan, Haisla, Tsimshian, Haida, Nisga'a, Tahltan etc.

So yes, we changed the title, thanks for the inspiration.
Comment by Larry Thompson on 12th February 2010
Actually, they probably were from Hank Ketchum's West Fraser China division.