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Pan Am Games Torch Relay arrives in Kingston on July 2

May 21, 2015 -

Kingston is one of the celebration stops on the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay route – and arrives on July 2, so igniting the spirit will be part of the City's Canada Day festivities at Confederation Park and Grass Creek Park (see the line-up of activities below).

"We're adding more excitement to our Canada Day celebrations as we prepare for the arrival of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay on July 2. To welcome the Pan Am flame, I encourage Kingstonians to take part in the community-led celebrations including free music and explorations of Pan American culture, sports and heritage," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

Michele Kehoe was chosen by the community to be Kingston's final torchbearer and she will light the community cauldron when she arrives carrying the Pan Am flame at Fort Henry. Kehoe is a runner, who has also led physical activity and healthy-living programs for aboriginal youth. 

The torch relay will start in Canada on May 30 and will make its final stop on July 10 at the Opening Ceremony of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.

Celebrations on Canada Day

Fort Henry will host a free Pan Am Cultural Festival from July 1 to 4. For full details, see www.forthenry.com/events/pan-am-cultural-festival/. Visitors will also enjoy free access to Fort Henry programming during the four-day festival.

July 1

  • From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grass Creek Park, 2991 Highway 2, enjoy Pan Am Game sporting demonstrations along with other family-friendly Canada Day activities, including: live entertainment, wagon rides and – new this year – a kite festival. 
  • The Canada Day festivities in downtown Kingston will culminate in a 10 p.m. spectacular Pan Am-themed fireworks display that can be viewed from Fort Henry or Confederation Park.
  • Fort Henry will have special Pan American-themed Canada Day live entertainment on multiple stages starting at 4 p.m. It will also be hosting a sports zone, a heritage art and culture area and other activities. 

July 2

  • Follow the torch relay along its route through downtown Kingston. The flame will briefly visit the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in City Park and City Hall (6: 30 p.m.) before arriving at Fort Henry for the evening celebration at 7 p.m. Watch for more details of the route which will be announced closer to the date at www.CityofKingston.ca.
  • Confederation Park will host sporting demonstrations and live cultural entertainment from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a sports-themed Movie in the Square at dusk (presented by Downtown Kingston!).
  • Fort Henry will have entertainment starting at 12 p.m. Festivities leading up to the arrival of the flame start at 5:30 p.m. in the fort's advance battery. The Pan Am flame will arrive at 7 p.m. with the celebration ending at 8 p.m.

The Pan Am Games run from July 10 to 26 and the Parapan Am Games run from August 7 to 15. For more information go to www.toronto2015.org.

Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.