For the first time in the history of the Canada Games, the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is travelling from coast-to-coast across the nation, and on Tuesday, Chilliwack was one of the stops along the way.
Dignitaries Mayor Ken Popove, councillor Bud Mercer, Chief David Jimmie, and Allan Andrews with MNP were on hand to pass the torch as it made its way to the Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre.
The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay will visit nearly 50 communities across Canada through a series of celebrations and torch relay stops.
The relay started in Ottawa from the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill on Oct. 4 and will arrive in Red Deer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Games on Feb. 15, 2019.
The Canada Winter Games, which runs until March 3, is the largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth in Canada and the largest event to be hosted in Red Deer’s history.
Featuring more than 150 events in 19 sports and a major arts and cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games welcomes up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches and more than 100,000 spectators, with a significant forecasted economic impact.
The 27th edition of the Canada Games, the 2019 Games is set to provide a stage for Canada’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions to compete and leaves a legacy for athletic and leadership greatness.