Media Advisory - TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay to Celebrate in Thunder Bay and Algoma Districts on May 31

Pan Am flame will visit Fort William First Nation, morning celebration at Thunder Bay City Hall and evening celebration at Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre

TORONTO, May 27, 2015 /CNW/ - On Sunday, May 31, Day 2 of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay presented by President's Choice® and OLG, the Pan Am flame will visit several communities in northern Ontario, including Fort William First Nation, Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Terrace Bay, Marathon, White River and Wawa.

The relay day will begin at sunrise in front of a picturesque backdrop as the Pan Am flame visits Fort William First Nation before travelling to Thunder Bay City Hall for a community celebration. From City Hall, torchbearers, including Curt Harnett, legendary cyclist and Team Canada's chef de mission for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, will carry the flame along the streets of Thunder Bay, including a visit to the Terry Fox Monument.

Continuing on its journey, the flame will visit Nipigon and the Terrace Bay Lighthouse, Marathon and the Winnie the Pooh statue in White River. Day 2 of the torch relay will conclude with an evening celebration at Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre when community torchbearer Diane Spencer, selected by the Municipality of Wawa, lights the community cauldron.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 (Relay Day 2: Fort William First Nation to Wawa, ON)

Fort William First Nation6 a.m. (ET) (Mt McKay Lookout Drive, Thunder Bay)
Photo opportunity:

  • Pan Am flame indigenous Welcome Ceremony atop Mount McKay (scenic lookout) 
  • Lenny Pelletier to be the first torchbearer of Day 2

Thunder Bay City Hall – (500 Donald Street East, Thunder Bay)
Community celebration:

  • Flame to arrive at 9 a.m. (ET) carried by community torchbearer Curt Harnett, three-time Olympic medallist (cycling) and chef de mission for Team Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games

Terry Fox Monument10:55 a.m. (ET) (1000 Highway 11/17, Thunder Bay)
Photo opportunity:

  • Flame to be carried by Andrea Cole, Paralympic and Parapan Am medallist, swimming

Terrace Bay Lighthouse – 2 p.m. (ET) (Simcoe Plaza Intersection, Trans-Canada Highway, Terrace Bay)
Photo opportunity:

  • Flame to be carried in by torchbearer Helen Jones and exchanged with community torchbearer Stacey Wallwin, who will then depart with the flame

Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre – (3 Chris Simon Drive, Wawa)
Evening celebration:

  • Community torchbearer Diane Spencer will be the final torchbearer who will light the community cauldron at 7 p.m.
  • Francesco Yates will perform 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 2 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: Lindsay Hamilton, Coordinator, marketing and communications, TO2015, 416.697.1318,

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