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January 19, 2010 09:59 ET

Minister Prentice Celebrates the Arrival of the Olympic Torch in British Columbia

Government offers free admission at national parks and national historic sites on Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay route

FIELD, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today invites Canadians to cheer on the Olympic Flame on January 21 as it crosses the boundary between Banff and Yoho National Parks and arrives in British Columbia. To support the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay celebrations, the Government of Canada is offering free admission at Parks Canada's national parks and national historic sites on the day the flame is visiting.

"The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay is showcasing the best of Canada and Canadians to the world. I am very pleased that so many of our national parks and national historic sites are involved in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.," said Minister Prentice. "Canadians are proud of their national parks and national historic sites as symbols of this great country."

"Parks Canada's Yoho, Kootenay and Mount Revelstoke National Parks and Fort Langley National Historic Site provide wonderful opportunities for visitors and local residents to experience nature, discover our history and spend some family time," said Minister Day, Regional Minister for British Columbia, Minister for the Asian-Pacific Gateway, Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla.

On January 21 the Olympic Torch will leave Banff, Canada's first national park, and make its first stop back in the host province of British Columbia in the community of Field in spectacular Yoho National Park. Field will celebrate with a game of pick-up hockey and a community BBQ to welcome the Olympic Flame. The following day the torch will stop for a warm up at Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park. Torchbearers will carry the torch through narrow Sinclair Canyon into the community of Radium Hot Springs. Visitors are invited to soak their cold and aching muscles in the hot springs before lining the canyon for the torch relay. The community of Radium Hot Springs will kick-off its first annual winter festival with the arrival of the Olympic Flame.

On January 26, Parks Canada and the community of Revelstoke will welcome the Olympic Flame with a celebration of a century of skiing, ski racing, and ski-jumping. Mount Revelstoke National Park is the original home of Canada's oldest ski club, and the only place in Canada where world records in ski-jumping have ever been set.

Fort Langley National Historic Site, near Vancouver, will greet the Olympic Flame on February 8 with a day of special activities. The community is invited for a morning of entertainment featuring local musicians, and breakfast on site. Students from local schools will participate in First Nations strength games and fur trade relays. Public programs will continue throughout the day.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began its 106-day Canadian journey on October 30, 2009 and will travel more than 45,000 km across the country. For the complete list of Parks Canada sites visited by the torch please visit www.pc.gc.ca/2010.

(Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under What's new.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441