Be sure to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Flame in person right here in our communities and feel inspired by its universal message of peace, brotherhood and friendship.
Day 60 December 28th - Celebrations in Owen Sound. View Map.
Community celebrations in Owen Sound will take place at Market Square beginning at 6:00 pm. Among the festivities planned are music performances both in English and French by Deann Giroux and an a cappella choir as well as a musical presentation of Snow Wonder by the Owen Sound Little Theatre. Aboriginal and local dance demonstrations will take place prior to the lighting of the cauldron at 7:00 pm.
Day 61 December 29th - Owen Sound, Meaford, Thornbury, Blue Mountain, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Creemore
The official route starts today in Owen Sound at 7am (view interactive map) and then starts up again in Meaford at at 7:45am heading West on Highway 26. At 8:23 the torch will travel through Thornbury.
The first torchbearer will start at the intersection of Lansdowne St. and Highway 26, in Thornbury, and head eastward along the highway. The Torch will make a brief Community Stop in downtown Thornbury at 8:31 before continuing on along Highway 26 to Grey St.
From there the Torch caravan will move on to the Blue Mountain resort area, with the first runner starting at 8:53 a.m. on Grey Rd. 19 (Blue Mountain Rd.) near Birches Blvd. It will proceed along Blue Mountain Rd. and then Jozo Weider Blvd. to Mountain Dr.
The torch relay will arrive at the South end of the resort approximately 9:00 am as part of a convoy of vehicles, which will include torchbearer shuttles, media vehicles, relay support vehicles and police cruisers. Temporary rolling road closures will ensure the safety of the torchbearers and spectators lining the relay route. The crowd will see a new torchbearer carry the Flame every 300 metres through the community as it travels on its 45,000-kilometre-long journey across Canada — the longest domestic torch relay in Olympic history.
To celebrate the arrival of the Flame, the community is planning a special ceremony involving two local torchbearers. Torchbearer and 2010 hopeful in Paralympic alpine skiing, Melanie Schwartz, will carry the Flame doing what she loves best: skiing at Blue Mountain Resort. Schwartz skis on one leg by using two outrigger forearm crutches with shortened skis attached at the base for steering and balance. Her love of alpine skiing started at a young age. She has competed in various races across North America and is training hard to achieve her dream of representing Canada at the Paralympic Winter Games and on the World Cup circuit.
There is a day of activities in Creemore starting at noon at The Station on the Green with an Opening Ceremony and street activities. The torch is expected to arrive at 2:50pm.
Dress in your finest and warmest red and white Canadian attire and let your Olympic spirit shine with posters, bells, and noisemakers to cheer on the torchbearers.