Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 16, 2009 15:00 ET

2010 Winter Games Touring Pavilion Touches Down at South Asian Festival

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas) and Member of Parliament (Thornhill), today visited the newly opened Canada Pavilion as it made a stop at Toronto's South Asian Festival. The Pavilion brings the 2010 Winter Games experience to people of all ages across Canada and helps make these truly Canada's Games.

"With less than a year to go before the Games, I encourage all Canadians to take this opportunity to visit the Canada Pavilion and share in the Olympic adventure," said Minister of State Lunn. "Canadians from every part of the country will celebrate the talents of our athletes and share in what will truly be Canada's Games in 2010."

"This pavilion offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the richness of South Asian culture, while experiencing the excitement of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games," said Minister of State Kent. "The Canada Pavilion Tour helps families embrace the spirit of the Games by giving them a chance to meet our 2010 mascots, see the Olympic Torch, and take part in a number of interactive 2010 activities."

The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games will highlight the dedication and achievements of Canadian athletes and celebrate Canadian innovation and culture.

The 2009 Canada Pavilion, led by Public Works and Government Services, is a unique travelling showcase that features activities that offer an opportunity to learn about the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in an interactive and entertaining environment.

Each spring, as part of Asian Heritage Month, Toronto's International Centre hosts the South Asian Festival, a much-anticipated celebration of cultural diversity. On May 16 and 17, 2009, more than one million people will experience the culture, food, music, and businesses of Canada's vibrant South Asian communities.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Michelle Yao
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations