Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch arrives in B.C.

MLAs Shirley Bond and Mike Morris celebrate the Canada Winter Games Roly McLenahan Torch’s arrival at the B.C. Legislature with the Honourable Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes, representatives from the Official Host First Nation, the Lheidli T’enneh , the Canada Games Official Host City of Prince George, the 2015 Canada Winter Games Host Society, Canada Games alumni and athletes.

VICTORIA – The Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch arrived in Victoria today, officially starting the British Columbia leg of the 2015 Canada Winter Games Torch Relay.

“The arrival of the torch means that we are that much closer to the 2015 Canada Winter Games,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “As the torch illuminates the north, it will be fantastic to see torchbearers across northern B.C. being part of the legacy of the Games.”

“The arrival of the Canada Games Torch in British Columbia is another milestone that reminds us how soon the 2015 Games will begin,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Not only will the games highlight some of Canada’s most promising athletes, it will allow us to share our Northern hospitality and ‎showcase this beautiful part of our province to the rest of the country.”

To celebrate the kick-off, representatives from the Official Host First Nation, the Lheidli T’enneh were joined by the Canada Games Official Host City of Prince George, the 2015 Canada Winter Games Host Society, Canada Games alumni and hopefuls and provincial delegates at the B.C. Legislature today.

As part of Canada Games tradition, the Canada Games Torch was lit from the Centennial Flame in Ottawa on October 16, 2014.

The Canada Games Torch will travel north next week and on November 4, 2014, the torch starts its journey in Prince George to Illuminate the North.

Learn more about the 2015 Games Torch Relay at canadagames2015.ca.