Thorold, ON February 24, 2015 – The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG, is coming to the Niagara Region on June 20, 2015.
Residents can now learn about the torch relay celebration(s) taking place in Niagara and mark that special date in their calendar. We’re inviting the community to celebrate the Pan Am flame when it visits St. Catharines (Market Square), Port Dalhousie (Lakeside Park), Welland (Market Square & Welland Community Wellness Complex), and Niagara Falls (Queen Victoria Park) here in Niagara.
A detailed map is now available online highlighting the Niagara Region, with the date and location for the community celebration(s).
The torch relay begins its 41-day journey when the Pan Am flame is lit during a traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico before landing in Canada on May 30, 2015. From Toronto, the flame heads to Thunder Bay on May 31st where it will visit the Terry Fox Monument before arriving in Nipigon, the most northern town on the Ontario leg of the journey. The smallest towns through which the torch will pass are Bruce Mines, population 566 and White River, population 607.
“The Games are all about bringing people together, and the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay will unite Ontarians, Canadians and communities. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to experience the emotion, excitement and significance of the Pan Am flame,” said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015).
Three-thousand torchbearers will carry the flame through communities across Ontario as well as Richmond, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and Halifax. The torch will see more than 60 modes of transportation while touring through Canada exceeding 5,000kms on the road and 15,000kms by air. The torch relay will finish in Toronto on July 10, 2015 to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, which signifies the start of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.
As it makes its way to the Opening Ceremony of the Pan Am Games, the torch will visit six Canadian Forces Bases, a national and provincial park as well as five First Nations communities including the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations, the official Host First Nations of the Games. The Pan Am torch will also visit five national historic sites including Fort Henry in Kingston and the Halifax Citadel.
On July first, the torch will take part in Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in our nation’s capital, Ottawa – a chance to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit during Canada’s biggest birthday party.
TO2015 is proud to bring the relay to Canadian communities with the help of presenting partners President’s Choice® and OLG, community partner CIBC and signature supporters Ontario Trillium Foundation, Porter Airlines and Star Media Group (or Metroland Media) to ensure it is a memorable experience for everyone involved.
Specific timing for Niagara celebration(s) will be confirmed beginning in May. Street-level route will also be confirmed in May.
In addition, a separate TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Torch Relay will take place prior to the start of the Games on August 7, 2015. Details on the route and torchbearer application process will be released in April 2015.
About the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG and supported by community partner CIBC and signature supporters Ontario Trillium Foundation, Porter Airlines and Star Media Group and Metroland Media. The torch relay will invite Canadians to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit throughout its 41-day journey towards Toronto, the Host City of the Games.
The torch relay starts May 30, 2015 and concludes July 10, 2015 with the dramatic lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto.
The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.
For more information, visit TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay.
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