Media Advisory - TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay to Celebrate in Gatineau and Ottawa on June 30

Pan Am flame to visit Gatineau City Hall and Rideau Hall — evening celebration on Sparks Street

TORONTO, June 27, 2015 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, June 30, Day 31 of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice® and OLG, the Pan Am flame will visit Gatineau and Ottawa.

The Pan Am flame will start the day in Gatineau at city hall before crossing the Alexandra Bridge into Ottawa and arriving at Rideau Hall. The Pan Am flame will then travel along Colonel By Drive via an inline roller skater, by boat and on a bike before arriving at city hall and the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame. The community celebration will take place on Sparks Street, where the cauldron will be lit by Karelle Edwards.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 (Relay Day 31: Gatineau, QC to Ottawa, ON)
Gatineau City Hall 9 a.m. (ET) (25 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC)
Photo opportunity:

  • Community torchbearer and volleyball player on Team Canada, Nicholas Hoag, will depart carrying the Pan Am flame.

Rideau Hall10:15 a.m. (ET) (1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON)
Photo opportunity:

  • Governor General David Johnston will welcome the flame to the Rideau Hall grounds at the Fountain of Hope.

Rideau Canal Path/Daly Avenue 11 a.m. (ET)  
Photo opportunity:

  • Vincent De Haître, Olympic speed skater, will inline roller skate along Colonel By Drive while carrying the Pan Am flame

Ottawa Rowing Club 11:30 a.m. (ET) (10 Lady Grey Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N)
Photo opportunity:

  • Paul Amesbury, 2007 Pan Am Games gold medallist in rowing will carry the Pan Am flame

Dows Lake Pavilion 12:30 a.m. (ET) (1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, ON)
Photo opportunity:

  • Joey Desjardins will ride a hand bike while carrying the Pan Am flame

Ottawa City Hall/Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame – 2:40 p.m.  (ET) (340 Albert Street Ottawa, ON)
Photo opportunity:

  • Herve Lord, Paraylympic multi-medallist in sledge hockey will arrive carrying the Pan Am flame

Sparks Street – (93 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON)
Commuinity celebration:

  • Community torchbearer and Karelle Edwards, national team member in athletics, will arrive at 3 p.m. carrying the Pan Am flame and will light the community cauldron
  • Franceso Yates will perfrom at the celebration


The Pan Am Games Torch Relay is a 41-day journey that will share the Pan Am spirit in more than 130 communities. The torch relay is one of the most exciting events as it sets the stage leading up to the Games.  There will be more than 3,000 torchbearers and 180 community celebrations taking place.

Media Materials
The following torch relay items are available at relay route map, full list of communities and dates, daily highlight summaries and media vehicle registration information.

All torch relay media advisories and news releases are available on CNW. Day 31 highlight images and videos are available on Flickr by copying and pasting this URL into a web browser: ="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">

The torch relay can also be followed on Twitter.

About the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay   
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice® and OLG, is supported by community partner CIBC, signature supporters Star Media Group and Metroland Media, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Porter Airlines, and funding parties the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. The torch relay will invite Canadians to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit throughout its 41-day journey towards Toronto, the Host City of the Games.

The torch relay starts May 30, 2015, and concludes July 10, 2015, with the dramatic lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto.

The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.

To learn more about the torch relay and when the Pan Am flame will visit a community near you, visit or download the official TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games app, presented by CIBC.

SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information: Vanessa St. Louis, Host/communications assistant, TO2015, 416.697.7410,

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