Friday, December 12, 2008

Victoria tapped as starting point for 2010 Olympic Torch Relay that begins Oct. 30, 2009

Victoria's Inner Harbour. Photo by Sue Frause.

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, has been named as the starting point for the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. On October 30, 2009 the torch relay will begin its journey across Canada traveling more than 45,000 km (28,000 miles) before arriving back in Vancouver, BC on February 12, 2010.

The route will be the longest domestic torch relay route in Olympic history. Upon completion of its journey through Canada, the torch will have been welcomed in more than 1,000 communities and places of interest in Canada. Presented by Coca-Cola and RBC, the relay will connect Canadians in every province and territory in its 100-day journey that includes 12,000 torchbearers.

The journey of the flame will culminate at BC Place in Vancouver on February 12, 2010 with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, signalling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Find out more about it in an interactive map.