Mayor Ken Popove (right) uses the Roly McLenahan Canada Games Torch to light a lantern held by Allan Andrews of Chilliwack MNP at the Landing Leisure Centre on Tuesday. The National MNP Canada Games Torch Relay made its way to Chilliwack that day during the lead up to the Canada Games which will take place in Red Deer in February. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Canada Games torch arrives in Chilliwack

The torch relay leads up to the 2019 Canada Winter Games which take place in Red Deer in February

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.

READ MORE: Chilliwack’s Ben Hagkull leads wheelchair basketball team into Canada Winter Games

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.

READ MORE: B.C. female hockey players shortlisted for Canada Winter Games team

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