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October 28, 2009 10:59 ET

Minister Prentice Announces Free Admission to National Parks and National Historic Sites on Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay Route

Parks Canada Offers Outstanding Opportunity to Experience Historic Torch Relay Surrounded by Canada's Natural and Cultural Treasures

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today invited Canadians to cheer on the Olympic Flame as it visits 34 of Canada's national historic sites and national parks on the official route of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and RBC and supported by the Government of Canada. To support the torch relay celebrations, Minister Prentice announced free admission to these sites on the day the flame is visiting.

"I am very pleased and proud that so many of our treasured national parks and national historic sites will be involved in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay," said Minister Prentice. "The Olympic Torch Relay provides a wonderful opportunity for Canadians to celebrate and learn about their country's history and spectacular natural environment."

"The Olympic Torch Relay is all about bringing the spirit of the Games to communities across the country," said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport). "By granting free access to our national parks and national historic sites, Canadians will be able to get involved in community celebrations in some of Canada's remarkable places, making it an even more memorable experience."

"The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will shine a light on many of Canada's special places and icons of our country's culture, history, and environment," said Mr. Jim Richards, Program Director, Torch Relays. "We thank Parks Canada for helping us spread the excitement of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay and we look forward to sharing the Olympic Flame and the spirit of the Games with people across the country."

Olympic Torch Relay stops will range from full community celebrations to photo opportunities at iconic Canadian landmarks. Some of the early torch relay stops will be Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site near Victoria BC, the oldest lighthouse on Canada's west coast and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (BC), which is treasured for its long sandy beaches, abundant marine life and majestic coastal rainforest.

Other Parks Canada places where Canadians will have an opportunity to see the Olympic Flame include the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site (Yukon), Banff National Park (Alberta), Point Pelee National Park (Ontario), Levis Forts National Historic Site (Quebec), Fundy National Park (New Brunswick), Halifax Citadel National Historic Site (Nova Scotia) and Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site (Newfoundland and Labrador). For the complete list of Parks Canada sites to be visited by the torch please visit

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will begin its 106-day Canadian journey on October 30, 2009 and travel more than 45,000 km across the country.

"By following the Olympic Torch Relay, Canadians and visitors from around the world will get to know Canada and the people and places that make this country great," said Minister Prentice. "I'm inviting everyone to visit one of our country's treasured national parks or national historic sites to cheer on the Olympic Torchbearers and experience something special about Canada."

Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future. Through a network of 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and three national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and historic places.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada
    National Corporate Communications Branch
    Media Relations