Canada Games torch relay downtown Saturday

As part of the official MNP Canada Games Torch Relay, the Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch is stopping in Prince George tomorrow.

The torch relay kicked off in Ottawa where the torch was lit by the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill with the MP Kirsty Duncan in attendance for the ceremony. For the first time in the Canada Games’ 51 year history, the torch is now making its way across Canada and stopping in nearly 50 communities along the way.

Prince George hosted the last Canada Winter Games in 2015.

The relay starts at the Prince George Civic Centre at 11 a.m. and winds its way through downtown before returning to the Civic Centre just before noon for the official torch ceremony and a family-friendly community celebration. There will be free coffee, hot chocolate, snacks and giveaways and a chance to get your photo with the torch and the Canada Games mascot – Waskasoo – along with other mascot friends including Rowdy Cat and Fraser. Local sports clubs will also be there to share information and host games and sport demonstrations including curling, hockey, ringette, martial arts and more.

Torchbearers will include MP Todd Doherty,  MLA Mike Morris, Mayor Lyn Hall,  former Sport Chair of the 2015 Winter Games Tony Cable, former Volunteer Services Chair of the 2015 Games Myrna Cable, CEO of the Northern Development Initiative Trust Joel McKay, 2015 Games double-medalist Justin Hampole, volunteer Marketing Chair for Prince George’s upcoming 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships Alyson Gourley-Cramer, Elder ambassador with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Darlene McIntosh, Executive Director of Engage Sport North Mandi Graham, sports reporter for the Prince George Citizen Ted Clarke, and CKPG reporter Catherine Hansen-McCarthy.

Come cheer on our local torchbearers and volunteers as the first-ever coast-to-coast torch relay for the Canada Winter Games stops in Prince George on its way to the 2019 Games in Red Deer.