MNP Canada Games Torch Relay kicks off Alberta leg

After three months of travelling the country, the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay has arrived in Alberta. Starting today, Jan. 5, the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay starts the Alberta leg of the torch relay in Grande Prairie, the last Alberta host of the Canada Games in 1995.

From Grande Prairie, the torch relay visits 23 additional Alberta communities, including Edmonton, Calgary, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, host of the 1975 Canada Games, through a series of torch relays and community celebrations before arriving in Red Deer on February 15, 2019, to open the 27th edition of the Canada Games. The relay will visit 24 Albertan communities over 42 days.

Almost 200 Albertans are participating as torchbearers in this historic relay following a nomination process that was hosted in the summer of 2018. The torchbearers were selected based on their incredible contributions as leaders in youth, sport and community development.

On Oct. 4, the Roly McLenahan Canada Games Torch was lit by the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill and has travelled from Halifax, N.S., to Victoria, B.C., uniting Canadians through sport along the way. This is the first time in the Canada Games’ 52 year history the torch has embarked on a national relay, with nearly 50 communities hosting torch relays or celebration stops across the country. The Albertan torchbearers join over 100 Canadians who have carried the torch so far as part of the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay.

Now, its Alberta’s turn to share in the spirit of the torch relay in anticipation of the return of the Canada Games to our province and we hope you will join us in celebration. Come out and cheer on torchbearers or enjoy a community celebration in a community near you. Dates of upcoming stops are listed below. For the complete MNP Canada Games Torch Relay schedule and information of torchbearers, please visit www.canadagames.ca/2019/mnptorchrelay.

Grande Prairie – Jan. 5

Edmonton – Jan. 8

Lloydminster – Jan. 9

Vegreville – Jan. 9

Stettler – Jan. 10

Drumheller – Jan. 11

Medicine Hat – Jan. 12

Taber – Jan. 15

Lethbridge – Jan. 16

Calgary – Jan. 18

Kananaskis – Jan. 21

Airdrie – Jan. 22

Rimbey – Jan. 23

Rocky Mountain House – Jan. 24

Leduc – Jan. 25

Wetaskiwin – Jan. 26

Maskwacis – Jan. 26

Blackfalds – Jan. 29

Innisfail – Jan. 30

Olds – Jan. 31

Lacombe – Feb. 2

Sylvan Lake – Feb. 5

Ponoka – Feb. 7

Red Deer – Feb. 15

Note: Communities in bold are community celebrity stops.

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