Olympic Torch Run

We’re all getting caught up in Olympic Fever as our athletes continue to pile up the medals at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Prior to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, we had a chance to see the Olympic Flame for ourselves during the Collingwood portion of the Olympic Torch Run.

With just 45 days to go until the opening of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, the Olympic Torch Relay passed through Collingwood. On Tuesday December 29th, Collingwood residents braved blustery winter conditions to cheer on participants of the torch relay as the Olympic Spirit embraced the entire southern Georgian Bay Region.

Following early morning visits to Owen Sound and The Blue Mountains, the Torch Relay arrived in Collingwood at approximately 9:30 in the morning on December 29th, making its way along First Street to Hurontario Street and stopping at Collingwood Town Hall for a brief ceremony hosted by former Mayor Chris Carrier before continuing along Hume Street en route to stops in Wasaga Beach, Midland, Creemore and eventually, Barrie later in the day.

Despite the stormy weather, hundreds of people lined the streets of Collingwood to experience this ‘once in a lifetime’ occasion. Each torchbearer carried the flame for 300 metres along the journey through Collingwood. In total, the Olympic Torch Relay is travelling on a 45,000 kilometre journey throughout Canada, making the it the longest torch relay in Olympic history.

Photos from December 2009 – Olympic Torch Relay – Collingwood

On this day, Collingwood residents celebrated the time when Bob Story represented our town and Canada in the 1972 Winter Olympic Games in Sapporo, Japan, as a member of the National Bobsledding team.