The Olympic flame arrives in Victoria directly from Athens, Greece and will begin its journey across Canada on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 10:40 am just steps from the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites.
The flame will travel more than 45,000 km before arriving back in Vancouver on Feb. 12, 2010 signaling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at B.C Place Stadium. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay route will be the longest domestic torch relay route in Olympic history.
Set against the backdrop of the historic Legislative buildings, the Fairmont Empress and Victoria’s stunning Inner Harbour, the Olympic Torch Celebration will feature a kaleidoscope of colour, energy and light in a multicultural, multidisciplinary spectacle.
The Main Stage will feature many of Victoria’s home-grown, yet widely recognized musicians, an ensemble performance of commissioned work performed by a mass choir and orchestra, as well as involvement by local luminaries, athletes and celebrities.
There will be a multimedia mega-projection and video wall, exciting street-level animation featuring giant puppets, interactive characters and lanterns, and a choreographed aerial sculpture which features audience inclusion and interaction.
Thousands of handheld torchieres, state-of-the-art glow products and a thrilling fireworks finale will mirror the symbolism of the flame, while adding to the beauty and spectacle of this momentous event.
Follow the flame’s 106-day journey across Canada on an interactive map featuring daily coverage, profiles, photos and videos.