August 6-21, 2022
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Torch Relay

Niagara's communities sharing in the excitement of the Canada Games, one runner at a time.

A Brief History of the Torch Relay

Canada Games Torch Relay

Prior to every Canada Games, a Torch Relay takes place and sees the Roly McLenahan Canada Games Torch travel part of the country, as it makes its way to the Host City for the Opening Ceremony.

In keeping true with this time-honoured Canada Games tradition, the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games will begin its Torch Relay with a lighting ceremony for the Roly McLenahan Torch in Ottawa at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill, before heading to Montreal for its unprecedented journey on the water!

Our Waterways Program

With Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) acting as the program’s presenting sponsor, Niagara 2022’s Torch Relay will begin its initial leg on the Trillium Class bulk carrier CSL Welland travelling on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Specifically, the Torch will embark this ship at St. Lambert Lock in Montreal, before later disembarking at one of the world’s greatest engineering marvels, the Welland Canal, where it will begin its journey across the Niagara Region.

By travelling on the water, the Niagara 2022 Torch Relay will take a unique path from its predecessors, while also paying tribute to the historical significance of water as a means of transportation across Canada and through Niagara.

Our Land Program

Following its trek on water, the Torch will then visit each of Niagara’s twelve municipalities and engage with local residents in the lead up to the 2022 Canada Games. 

After the final leg of the land program is complete, the Torch will make its way to the Meridian Centre on August 6, 2022 for the Opening Ceremony, where it will ignite the Canada Games cauldron and officially commence the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.

Ultimately, the Niagara 2022 Torch Relay represents an invitation to the country and our local Niagara community to join in the journey of the Games, and an opportunity for us to showcase our community pride as we prepare the arrival of the next generation of athletes to the Niagara Region for Canada’s largest multi-sport event. 

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