Olympic Torch Relay in the V3H

The Olympics are now only 2 weeks away, and the Olympic Torch is winding its way across the province towards Vancouver. On its route towards its final destination, the flame will pass through all 5 municipalities in the V3H in the early morning on Thursday, February 11. This is a momentous occasion, and there are many special events being held to commemorate it.

The flame will travel across the Burrard Inlet to Belcarra in the very early morning hours, and then travel on to Anmore. The Village of Anmore will welcome the Olympic Torch with a Torch Relay Celebration and Pancake Breakfast. From approximately 6-6:15am (I told you it was very early!) the flame will travel along Sunnyside Road, from the convenience store to the elementary school. At 7am, a pancake breakfast will be held at Anmore Elementary School. All are welcome and the event is free, but registration is required to guarantee space. Finally, at 9am a special assembly will be held at Anmore Elementary for school children and community members.

From Anmore the Torch will travel to Port Moody. It will start at the intersection of Ioco and April Roads, and travel east on Ioco to Knowle Street, stopping for one minute at City Hall sometime between 6:30 and 7:30am. Everyone is invited to come to City Hall to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and cheer on the Torchbearers. The Torch will then travel through Newport Village onto Ungless Way and on to Guildford Way and into Coquitlam.

If you are not an early riser, Port Moody will be holding some events later in the day. A Free Family Skate runs from 4:30-5:30pm at the rec centre. There will be lots of family entertainment including face painting, and light refreshments. Then the Minnesota Twin Cities Northern Lights Junior Hockey Team takes on the Port Moody Black Panthers in the free Canada vs USA Friendly Match at 6pm. There will be tons of prizes and give-aways at the game, and of course some great hockey.

The Torch will travel through Coquitlam towards Port Coquitlam, where the Torch Run Relay will pass through Leigh Square sometime between 7:30-9:30am. Wear red, and enjoy the pancake breakfast. Or if that’s a touch early for you, attend the Spirit Week Kick off at Leigh Square from 6-8pm. There will be a Community Dinner, more entertainment including Fire Dancers and a screened replay of the Torch Relay.

From Port Coquitlam the Torch will make its way towards Coquitlam’s Mackin Park, where Coquitlam’s Community Celebration will take place from 8-10am. There will be entertainment, a visit from Olympic athletes, a chance to win Olympic street banners and, of course, the chance to witness the arrival of the Olympic flame in Coquitlam. This event is free, and you are welcome to stop by at any time. Olympian Chris Wilson will light the cauldron at Mackin Park for the celebration.

The fun will continue at Mackin Park throughout the afternoon with Celebrate Coquitlam. This event runs from 12-10pm and features musical entertainment, children’s activities and and evening show. The event is free up until 8pm, when the evening show featuring the Time Benders starts. Other performers include Les Jammers, Norden the Magician, Shin Myung, Khac Chi Bamboo, Andrew Allen and the ever-fabulous Bobs & Lolo. Place des Arts will be getting in on the fun, too, with Celebrate Place des Arts from 12-4pm. You can experience local art and have something light to eat at the Local Flavour Café.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so seize this chance to get out and see the Olympic Torch as it passes through our community!

And, even if you don’t take the chance, keep in mind that there will be rolling road closures as the Torch makes its way through our region. If you need to get someplace, your best bet is to steer well clear of the Torch route on the morning of February 11, if at all possible.

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