The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will show case some of Canada's finest cultural diversity. One of the highlights of the games is the popular mascots that attendees of the games will enjoy. Various regions of Canada design the products as a symbol of their culture and values. The province hosting the games is British Columbia while provinces and territories make important contributions. These provinces and territories include: Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, and the Yukon. The four host First Nations include: Lil'wat First Nation, Musqueam First Nation, Squamish First Nation, and the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation.
1. Miga is a snowboarding sea-bear inspired by the First Nations' legends of the Pacific Northwest
2. Quatchi is a young Sasquatch who is a well known character in local native legends of the Pacific West Coast.
3. Sumi is an animal spirit who lives in the mountains of British Columbia. Sumi's name comes from the Salish word 'Sumesh' which means 'guardian spirit.'
4. Mukmuk is a small and sociable Vancouver Island marmot. Mukmuk gets his name from the word 'muckamuck,' which is Chinook dialect for 'food.'
Those who want a keepsake of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have the opportunity to purchase products. There are a variety of product items that are both diverse and unique.
Mascot clothing items are available that includes shirts sweaters and Hoodies, jackets, hats, toques, ties, scarves and much more.
For kids, items that are available include Mascot Story Book, Vancouver 2010 Children's Mascot Hooded Towel – Quatchi, Quatchi 13.5 "Plush, Miga 12.5" Plush, Mascot Story Book, and much more.
Collectable items include jewelry by Birks such as Silver-Plate Nature Business Card Case by Birks, Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet by Birks, Enameled Silver-Plated Cell Phone Charm by Birks, as well as coins, pins, and more.
Aboriginal products include Vancouver 2010 Authentic Aboriginal Large 3-D Pin Thunderbird, Thunderbird Salad Servers – Wilderness, Aboriginal Picture Frame, Charcoal, Authentic Aboriginal Musqueam Nation Pin, Aboriginal Thunderbird Story Box – Wilderness, and much more.
Gift ideas for him include: Vancouver 2010 Sea to Sky Hockey Pin Set, 16 oz. Huntsville Travel Mug, "Hockey 2010" Puck, Sterling Silver Small Cufflinks by Birks, and more
Gift ideas for her include Sterling Silver Logo Heart Pendant by Birks, Sterling Silver Heart Charm Bracelet, Park Life for Aritzia Organic Fleece Hoodie, and more.
For your home, items that are available for purchase include picture frames, spoons, playing cards, coasters, bookmarks, magnets, drinkware, Photo Album – Mascots Orange Wayside Cooler Bag, and more.
Fun accessories include bags, umbrellas, pendants, earrings, key chains, and more.
Executive gifts that are available include Silk Tie – Landscape Olympic Blue, 100% Polyester Satin Scarf – Salmon Thunderbird Olympic Blue and more.
There is also a host of other merchandise available such as gift certificates and products for your pet. Merchandise that is available is made in Canada.
Tourists from all over the world will love the items and will have a memory of a time well spent at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The mascots, the rich cultural heritage displayed for all to see, and the games themselves, will the celebration a time to remember.