Saturday, February 06, 2010

Olympic torch to dip down into the USA on Feb. 9

Peace Arch Park

The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay started in Victoria on Vancouver Island on Oct. 30, 2009. Now, after nearly 45,000 km (27,961 miles), it's almost to its final destination of Vancouver for the start of the 2010 Winter Games on Friday, Feb. 12.

But first, it will take a little dip into the US, passing through Peace Arch International Park on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 AM.

Two torchbearers, one Canadian and one American, will carry the torch. There will also be a ceremony by the Semiahmoo First Nation from Surrey. Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire and BC Premier Gordon Campbell are expected to speak, and there will be performances of the two country's national anthems.

According to The Seattle Times,"Spectators are advised to arrive early, but they don't need to go through customs stations because the Peace Arch monument can be reached on foot from parking lots on either side of the border."

Cars line up to return to Canada at the Canada-US Peace Arch crossing between Blaine, Washington and Douglas, BC. Photo by Sue Frause.