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January 21, 2010 17:32 ET

The Olympic Flame Begins its Final Sprint Through British Columbia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2010) - Just days away from the opening of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, the Olympic Flame today made its grand entrance to British Columbia to kick off the last stage of its long journey across Canada.

Before wrapping up its amazing adventure and lighting up the crowd at BC Place Stadium, the Olympic Torch Relay will be celebrated in 42 communities across British Columbia.

"The Olympic Flame has been travelling across Canada for the past 84 days and has been inspiring pride in Canadians," said the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. "As we count down to Canada's Games, you can feel the excitement building across the country."

"As with the Montréal Summer Games in 1976 and the Calgary Winter Games in 1988, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games are a unique opportunity to showcase the excellence of our athletes, as well as the natural and cultural wealth of our country," added the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport).

For more information on the Government's support for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay or the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, consult the attached backgrounder and visit www.Canada2010.gc.ca.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

THE OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY AND THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

The Government of Canada, a major financial partner of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, is working to ensure that the Games are a success and are managed prudently. It is also striving to maximize the investment of Canadians in the Games and in the Olympic Torch Relay.

Through its contribution and involvement in the Olympic Torch Relay, the Government of Canada is giving all Canadians across the country the opportunity to experience the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games by making them "Canada's Games." After making its way across the ocean from Greece to Victoria, British Columbia, the Flame—carried by 12 000 torchbearers—will travel 45 000 kilometres from coast to coast to coast.

The Olympic Torch Relay will last 106 days and bring together the entire country as Canada prepares to welcome the 2010 Winter Games.

Did you know...?

  • The Government of Canada has invested $22.5 million to ensure that more Canadians can take part in the Olympic Torch Relay all across the country in order to celebrate the arrival of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • The communities in British Columbia received a grant from the Government of Canada to enhance their cultural programming so that Canadians in these 42 communities could take part in an unforgettable ceremony and celebrate Canada's cultural diversity and rich history.
  • The Government of Canada made a financial contribution to the celebration communities' song, written by world-renowned Canadian artist Gregory Charles. It will be performed by local choirs in order to showcase local artists. This activity is a unique opportunity to rally Canadians across the country.
  • The Government of Canada will give the municipalities in British Columbia a commemorative plaque to mark the passage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch through these communities. The Olympic Torch Relay route will be the longest domestic torch relay route in Olympic history, a legacy that will immortalize this moment in history for Canadians and citizens of the world for generations to come.

Government of Canada contributions to celebration communities in British Columbia:

Date of Activity Name of community Contribution amount
October 30, 2009 Victoria $85,000
October 31, 2009 Duncan $15,000
October 31, 2009 Nanaimo $15,000
November 1, 2009 Port Alberni $15,000
November 1, 2009 Tofino $15,000
November 2, 2009 Courtenay $15,000
November 2, 2009 Campbell River $15,000
November 3, 2009 Queen Charlotte $15,000
January 21, 2010 Golden $15,000
January 22, 2010 Invermere $15,000
January 22, 2010 Cranbrook $15,000
January 23, 2010 Creston $15,000
January 23, 2010 Nelson $15,000
January 24, 2010 Trail $15,000
January 24, 2010 Osoyoos $15,000
January 25, 2010 Penticton $15,000
January 25, 2010 Kelowna $15,000
January 26, 2010 Vernon $15,000
January 26, 2010 Revelstoke $15,000
January 27, 2010 Salmon Arm $15,000
January 27, 2010 Kamloops $15,000
January 28, 2010 100 Mile House $15,000
January 28, 2010 William Lake $15,000
January 29, 2010 Quesnel $15,000
January 29, 2010 Prince George $15,000
January 30, 2010 Burns Lake $15,000
January 30, 2010 Smithers $15,000
January 31, 2010 Dawson Creek $15,000
January 31, 2010 Fort St. John $15,000
February 1, 2010 Fort Nelson $15,000
February 1, 2010 Terrace $15,000
February 1, 2010 Prince Rupert $15,000
February 2, 2010 Bella Bella $15,000
February 2, 2010 Port Hardy $15,000
February 3, 2010 Powell River $15,000
February 4, 2010 Sechelt $15,000
February 4, 2010 Squamish $15,000
February 5, 2010 Whistler $15,000
February 6, 2010 Lillooet $15,000
February 6, 2010 Merritt $15,000
February 7, 2010 Chilliwack $15,000
February 7, 2010 Abbotsford $15,000
February 8, 2010 Langley $15,000
February 8, 2010 Surrey $15,000
February 9, 2010 New Westminster $15,000
February 9, 2010 Richmond $15,000
February 10, 2010 North Vancouver $15,000
February 10, 2010 West Vancouver $15,000
February 11, 2010 Coquitlam $15,000
February 11, 2010 Vancouver $15,000

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Vanessa Schneider
    Director of Communications
    819-934-1191
    vanessa.schneider@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca