The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay will be coming through various communities and locations within Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Overall, the event is a 41-day journey that will share the Pan Am spirit in more than 130 communities. Deeply rooted in history and tradition, the Pan Am flame will be lit during a traditional ceremony in Teotihuacan, Mexico, before it travels to Canada. The torch relay will start in Canada on May 30, 2015, and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. The torch relay route map is available at www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay.

Here is a list of locations related to TLDSB:

Lindsay

The City of Kawartha Lakes is excited to announce the arrival of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay. The torch relay will visit Victoria Park in Lindsay on Thursday, June 4, from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. The celebration features live local entertainment, TO2015 zone that will include sports activities and much more.

They invite all residents and students of the City of Kawartha Lakes and the surrounding areas to join them in celebrating this momentous occasion.

Huntsville

Residents are encouraged to come out and line the streets of Huntsville on June 3 at 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to cheer on the local torchbearers as they carry the flame throughout Huntsville! On June 4, between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. residents and students can again line the streets and cheer on the torchbearers as the Pan Am flame departs Huntsville on its way to another community.

In addition to the torch relay, Huntsville is pleased to announce the details of the Community Celebration scheduled for the evening of June 3. Residents are welcome to come to River Mill Park at 5:00 p.m. to take part in the pre-flame arrival celebration and activities, which includes, indigenous and TO2015 welcoming messages, speeches from dignitaries, Pan Am Games Partner entertainment and Torch Relay Highlight videos all leading up to the flame arrival and the official lighting of the cauldron on the OLG stage. The community celebration will run from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in River Mill Park on June 3rd.

After beginning the day at sunrise on Canoe Lake at Algonquin Provincial Park, Day 6 will see the Pan Am flame travel in various canoes and boats, including a visit to Minden Wild Water Preserve, the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games canoe/kayak – slalom venue.

Minden

On June 4, Pachi (Pan Am Mascot) will visit Archie Stouffer Elementary School. Following the Pan Am assembly (10 – 10:30 a.m.) ASES students will gather outside for a picnic lunch as they await the torch relay that will depart from ASES. Grade 8 student Shawn Walker was selected as the school torch bearer and will run the torch past ASES down Bobcaygeon Road to the museum.

ASES is a marshalling location for all the torch bearers from Minden. They will start arriving around 9 a.m. for uniform distribution etc.

Gravenhurst

The public is encouraged to line the route and cheer on our torchbearers who will be arriving between noon and 12:45 p.m. On June 9, the flame will begin the day at the OPP headquarters in Orillia before heading north to Gravenhurst, entering along Muskoka Road South and travelling through the downtown with a brief visit to the Gravenhurst Opera House.

Taking Bay Street to Cherokee Lane, the torch will continue to a staging area at the Muskoka Wharf for a community celebration beginning at 1:00 p.m. where community torchbearer Cara McLeod will carry the Pan Am flame and light the community cauldron. The public is also invited to share in the celebration, which includes entertainment at the wharf beginning at 12:30 p.m. There will also be activities and giveaways for kids at the Special Events Field at the wharf prior to and following the ceremony. Activities will include a variety of sport, dance and music that celebrates the cultures of the Pan Am participating countries.

The ceremony will include presentations from Mayor Paisley Donaldson, Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement, and officials from Pan Am.

Next up is a stop at Bethune Memorial House, located at 235 John St N, around 1:10 p.m. where Susan Keast will carry the flame. The flame will then travel through Bracebridge and then on to Parry Sound.

Bracebridge

The Pan Am Torch Relay is coming through Bracebridge on Tuesday, June 9. The Bracebridge route will start at Muskoka Outfitters dock on Muskoka River, where the torch will travel in a Muskoka Rowing Club boat up the river to Bracebridge Bay. The Rowing shell will be surrounded by a “flotilla” of other paddlers (in kayaks, canoes, SUPs, etc) plus the Santa’s Village jet boat accompanied by security boats. There will be a short ceremony at Bracebridge Bay Park and then the torch will continue up Manitoba Street to CIBC, where there will be another short stop. The Bracebridge relay will start around 2:30 p.m.

The Town of Bracebridge is also hosting a CELEBRATE AND SHARE community event at Bracebridge Bay Park from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., which will include the torch ceremony, live music, a free BBQ and “try-it” activities in the Bay, including rowing, kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding. The public will also have an opportunity to take a cruise down the river on the Santa’s Village boat.

For more information on celebration and torch locations, please visit http://www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay/celebration-summary.