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November 20, 2009
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Celebrating the Olympic Flame on Prince Edward Island

Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

The light of the Olympic Flame will shine on Prince Edward Island this weekend when the historic torch relay for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games arrives on day 23 of its 106-day Canadian journey. The national event will involve 250 Island torchbearers and visit 26 Island communities, covering 320 kilometers by land and water.

“The Olympic Torch Relay will give our entire One Island Community an opportunity to help bring the Olympic Spirit to life,” said the Premier Robert Ghiz. “For many Islanders, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the excitement of the Olympics and share the true spirit of the Olympics here in their home.”

The Flame will arrive on Prince Edward Island on Saturday, November 21, in Wood Islands and travel through Belfast, Vernon Bridge, Cherry Valley, Pownal, and Stratford on Route to Charlottetown. Islanders are invited to a free Celebration Event at Confederation Landing Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that evening. Dress in your Canadian red and help celebrate Canada’s Olympic Games.

On Sunday, November 22, the flame will be departing from Charlottetown on foot, and will proceed through: Cornwall, Winsloe, Hunter River, New Glasgow, Rusticoville, North Rustico, Cavendish, Stanley Bridge, New London, Clinton, Margate, Kensington, Lennox Island, Abram-Village and Wellington. At 6 p.m. Islanders are again invited to a Celebration event at Credit Union Place in Summerside.

Torchbearers will carry the flame out of Summerside on Monday morning, November 23, through Bedeque, Kinkora and Borden-Carleton, where it will be taken across the Confederation Bridge and begin its journey through New Brunswick.

“We look forward to bringing the Olympic Spirit to communities throughout our province as a part of this nationwide event,” said Minister Bertram. “I encourage all Islanders to join in the celebration, to help cheer on our torchbearers and take part in the community festivities taking place throughout the province.”

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay route will be the longest domestic torch relay in Olympic history, stretching 45,000 kilometres within Canada. Upon its conclusion, the Olympic Flame will have been welcomed in 1,020 communities and places of interest or passed within a one-hour drive from nearby cities and towns, making it accessible to more than 90 percent of the Canadian population.

Media Contact: Autumn Tremere
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