2010 Paralympic Torch Relay

The 10-day, 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay will give many Canadians, young and old, a chance to discover the unique and inspiring stories of Paralympians and other Canadians who defy the odds.

The 2010 Winter Games are Canada’s Games and the Paralympic Torch Relay is an important event to connect Canadians to the Games.

Through public celebrations, school programs and online, the 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay will engage Canadians, and hopefully the world, by demonstrating the fire inside each individual and how it inspires others. It will shine a light on their achievements and celebrate their passion for sports.



The 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay in brief:

  • Lighting of the Paralympic Flame during a ceremony in Ottawa involves torchbearers who represent each province and territory.
  • This relay is distinct from typical relays as it will happen in and around the Celebration Communities.

The 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay will begin in Ottawa on March 3, 2010 and conclude at the Opening Ceremony in Vancouver signalling the start of the Paralympic Winter Games on March 12, 2010 where Paralympians from all over the world will unite to celebrate the possible.

Daily Highlights

  • March 3 - Ottawa
    Founded in 1855, Ottawa is the capital of Canada and is located on the banks of the Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau rivers....
  • March 4 - Quebec City
    As the capital of the Province of Quebec, Quebec City is the North American birthplace of the French civilization, a...
  • March 5 - Toronto
    As Canada's economic capital, Toronto is considered a global city and is one of the top financial cities in the world....
  • March 6 - Esquimalt and Victoria
    Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt is located just west of Victoria, British Columbia and is home to the Canadian...
  • March 7 - Squamish
    Squamish has been one of Canada’s “hidden gems” for many years. For centuries, the incomparable beauty of this valley...
  • March 8 - Whistler
    Nestled in the Coast Mountains, only 40 kilometres inland from the Pacific Ocean and 120 kilometres from one of Canada's...
  • March 9 - Lytton and Hope
    Located at the convergence of the mighty Fraser River and its largest tributary, the Thompson River, Lytton is known as...
  • March 10 - Vancouver (Riley Park) and Maple Ridge
    One of the signature venues of the 2010 Winter Games is in the Riley Park neighbourhood near scenic Queen Elizabeth...
  • March 11 - Vancouver (UBC)
    The main campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) is located 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver and, with its...
  • March 12 - 24-hour Event in Vancouver (downtown)
    Downtown Vancouver is well recognized for its numerous attractions, restaurants, shopping, entertainment and special...
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