Friday, October 30, 2009

Quest with Fire

Canada’s Olympic experience is officially underway, as the Olympic torch touched down in Victoria at 8:45 this morning.

The flame which made the journey from Greece to Victoria, by way of Iceland (refuelling has its importance you know) now begins its journey across Canada.

The torch relay got a tad behind schedule owing to Greek departure rules and strong headwinds faced by the Canadian Forces plane along the way, it arrived fashionably late landing at Victoria International airport this morning, about an hour or so later than planned.
After a short welcoming ceremony attended by the Prime Minister, Premier and other officials it was destined for the Legislature for its official welcoming to Canada, it then will spend the next four days touring communities around Vancouver Island.

On Day five, November 3rd the flame arrives on the Queen Charlottes/Haida Gwaii, with stops planned in Sandspit, Skidegate and Queen Charlotte City, from its stop on the islands its off to Canada’s North, where the journey continues from Atlin, Whitehorse, Taku River and Kwanlin Dun.

Day six begins the move east as the flame travels the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

We don’t see it back in British Columbia until January 21st, day 95 of the relay, when it arrives in Golden, and begins the tour of the Okanagan and on through the Interior.

The Northwest will have its time with the torch relay beginning on February 1st when the flame arrives in New Aiyansh, Kitimat, Haisla Terrace and Kitsumkalum.

Then it’s along Highway 16 and the road to Rupert, with a celebration planned for the city upon the flames arrival.

Eleven days later, Day 106 of the relay, the torch arrives at BC Place Stadium and the official opening of the 2010 Olympic Games.

The Olympic committee has a webpage dedicated to the torch relay, providing stories, video and photos commemorating the cross Canada journey that will see the flame arrive in more than 1,000 towns, cities and hamlets from coast to coast to coast, before it arrives at BC Place and lights the giant torch that will act as the beacon for Vancouver's Olympic year .

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