There was an air of anticipation as the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay made its way through Canada’s first National Park on Jan. 20th, 2010. In Banff, thousands of people filled the streets to watch the relay make its way to central park. The last hand off was made to Karen Percy Lowe and as she lit the cauldron; central park filled with cheers. During the 2 hour event, the Canadian Tenors headlined and Bomba was also on stage to keep the crowd going. The following day Banff National Park said good bye to the Torch on its way home to Vancouver, the Olympic Games begin in 21 days!
The Olympic torch started the journey across Canada in Victoria on October 30th, and will be welcomed into more than a thousand communities across Canada. The Torch will travel for a total of 106 days, over 45,000 km, & 12,000 Torchbearers participating from all walks of life. The Olympic Games will take place over 17 days beginning Feb. 12th with 15 events happening all over the Vancouver area. The Olympic Cauldron will be lit in Vancouver on Feb 12th, follow the journey of the Olympic Torch Relay into Vancouver!
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