2010 Winter Olympic Torch Relay Begins

November 4th, 2009

The Olympic flame lighting ceremony in Greece. The flame was then flown to Victoria, British Columbia to start its 106 day journey. Image: VANOC/COVAN

The 106-day journey for the 21st Winter Olympic torch has began.

Arriving in Victoria, British Columbia on Friday October the 30th, the torch has begun its epic journey around the host county of Canada. The 106-day journey hits 1,020 communities Canada-wide, including 115 aboriginal centres, and stop twice a day for short celebrations. The stops include such iconic Canadian landmarks as the Anne of Green Gables house in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump outside Fort Macleod, Alberta and the Canadian Pacific Railroad’s Last Spike at Craigellachie, British Columbia.

The flame will head north to Alert, Nunavut, the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited point, becoming the first Olympic torch to travel within 900 kilometres of the North Pole.

On the 106th day, the 12th of February, 2010 the torch will enter the Olympic stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia where it will meet the athletes of over 80 countries to compete in the 21st Winter Olympiad. In Olympic tradition the torch will then light the Olympic Cauldron and the games will begin!

To follow the torch relay go to the official Vancouver 2010 site: www.vancouver2010.com

Image: VANOC/COVAN

Image: VANOC/COVAN

Image: VANOC/COVAN

Image: VANOC/COVAN

 

Image: VANOC/COVAN