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Canada Games Council


In keeping with Canada Games tradition, the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay begins June 6, with the lighting of the Roly McLenahan Torch at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. This highly symbolic ceremony brings energy and excitement to the nation and connects the capital city to the 13 provinces and territories that will send 4,000 athletes and coaches to Winnipeg to participate in the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games from July 28 to August 13, 2017.

Once lit, the torch will make its way back to Manitoba and to tour 11 communities: Steinbach Kenora (Ontario), Morden, Gillam, Fox Lake Cree Nation, Thompson, The Pas, Opaskawayak Cree Nation, Dauphin, Gimli, Brandon, Sagkeeng First Nation, and Great Falls before the final community celebration in Winnipeg.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
12:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill
2008 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON


  • Sami Jo Small, Olympian, Canada Games Alumna
  • Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport
  • Tom Quinn, Chair, Canada Games Council
  • Mariette Mulaire, Co-chair, 2017 Canada Summer Games
  • Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO, 2017 Canada Summer Games Elder Dave Courchene and an Algonquin Elder (to be confirmed)


  • Sami Jo Small will ignite the Roly McLenahan Torch from the Centennial Flame
  • The torch will be handed to each of platform guests
  • All platform guests and speakers
  • Students from a local school will sing national anthem
  • Games mascot Niibin will be present 


  • All speakers





For media inquiries, please contact:

Monique LaCoste
Media Relations Consultant
2017 Canada Summer Games
Office: 204-594-5863
Mobile: 204-451-1202

Joel Allard
Communications Coordinator / Coordonnateur des communications
Canada Games Council / Conseil des Jeux du Canada
701-2197 promenade Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON  K1H 7X3
Téléphone/Phone: 613.526.2320 (ext. 2708)