Highlights from Canada Games Flag Tour

Watch this video compilation of the official Canada Games Flag crossing the country to visit every past Canada Games host community in the lead up to the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax.

Corner Brook Celebrates with the Canada Games Flag

When Corner Brook, Newfoundland received the official Canada Games flag on February 1st, they celebrated the event with a flag raising ceremony in not only Corner Brook, but in Steady Brook and Stephenville, which contributed to hosting the 1999 Games.  After the flag was raised, they held an athlete appreciation reception to celebrate the Western Newfoundland athletes who are headed to Halifax for the 2011 Canada Games.  The reception featured music from Newfoundland music group Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case.  The whole event was captured on video and you can see highlights of the events here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QcC2X6pX7M

Halifax Raises the Canada Games Flag

The Games are almost here!  And a sure sign of that is when the Canada Games flag arrived in Halfiax for the Flag Raising Ceremony at Celebration Square (Grand Parade) in downtown Halifax.  Mayor Peter Kelly was on hand as well as members of the of the 2011 Host Society and the Canada Games Council Board of Directors.  The flag raising was a symbol of the legacy that the 1969 Canada Summer Games in Halifax/Dartmouth has left behind as well as the building of new legacy with the 2011 Canada Games.

The crowd gathers for the Flag Raising Ceremony at Celebration Square in Halfiax

Mayor Peter Kelly (right), Chairman of the 2011 Host Society Jean-Paul Deveau and Chuck Bridges, Vice-Chair of the 2011 Host Society hold up the Canada Games flag at Celebration Square in Halifax

The Canada Games Flag is Raised in Halifax

Members of the Canada Games Council Board of Directors, 2011 Host Society and City of Halifax pose with the Canada Games Flag raised at Celebration Square in Halifax

Charlottetown set to fly Canada Games flag

Charlottetown Councilor Eddy Rice (left) joined by athletes who will represent PEI at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax

The City of Charlottetown is proud to fly the Canada Games flag as a tribute to the huge impact the 2009 Summer Games had on our City and to show our solidarity with Halifax, which will host the 2011 Winter Games next week.

From Feb. 11-27 the 44th anniversary of the Canada Winter Games in Halifax will host more than 2,700 athletes competing in more than

20 sports.

Team PEI will be sending 19 teams to participate in 16 sports. There will also be a group of artists representing PEI in the National Artists Program. 

Charlottetown was the last Canadian city to host the games, which brought a lasting legacy through exposure, new and improved infrastructure, citizen engagement, volunteerism and  pride.

The official Canada Games flag has been traveling across the country since early December. It will arrive in Charlottetown Mon. Feb. 7, 2011 – its last stop before it flies over the games in Halifax.

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee is proud to fly the flag and wishes Halifax well.

“Hosting the Summer Games in 2009 was a tremendous opportunity for our city, our citizens enjoy the infrastructure it brought to this day,” he said.

“The games gave us a chance to show off our top-notch venues and showed the rest of the country our citizens’ spirit and pride. In Charlottetown, countless volunteers made it a huge success. I hope Halifax experiences all of these great benefits too.”

Mayor Lee will raise the Canada Games flag and host a reception at Charlottetown City Hall at noon on Mon. Feb. 7 to wish Team PEI the best of luck in Halifax.

The Canada Games Flag in Saguenay

The official Canada Games flag was raised in front of Saguenay City Hall during a special ceremony.  Saguenay Deputy Mayor Luc Blackburn, along with former and current Canada Games athletes, coaches and official were on hand for the raising of the flag.

Saguenay Deputy Mayor Luc Blackburn, along with former and current Canada Games athletes from the region, hold up the Canada Games flag in front of City Hall

The Canada Games flag is being raised in front of Saguenay City Hall during a special ceremony featuring former and current Canada Games atheltes from the region.

The official Canada Games flag flies in front of Saguenay City Hall. Saguenay/Lac St-Jean hosted the 1983 Canada Winter Games.

Saguenay raises Canada Games Flag

The City of Saguenay held a flag raising ceremony this morning to celebrate the 2011 Halifax Canada Winter Games taking place from February 11th to 27th.

In the lead-up to the 2011 Canada Games, the Canada Games flag is visiting every past host community. The past community engagement program is an alumni program that tries to create excitement for the 2011 Games in each community that has hosted in the past. Much like a torch relay, the Canada Games flag is travelling across the country with each community having the flag for a few days before it needs to go to the next community.

Deputy Mayor Luc Blackburn received the flag on behalf of the City of Saguenay and raised it in front of City Hall. He was surrounded by city officials as well as athletes, coaches and one official from the 1983 Games that took place in the region. Local athletes competing at the 2011 Games were also in attendance.

The 1983 Canada Games took place at the end of February in the former cities of Chicoutimi, Jonquière and La Baie, as well as in Alma and Lac-St-Jean. Significant legacies from those Games include the construction of the UQAC Pavillon sportif, at a cost of 4 million dollars at the time, renovation of the Palais des Sports in Jonquière and upgrade of the Centre de ski Mont-Bélu in La Baie. Over 4,000 volunteers helped make the nation-wide sporting event a success.

In attendance at the Canada Games flag raising ceremony:

Sport Guest Competition Dates Status
Gymnastics Alain Boily   1983 athlete
Curling Martin Gagnon   1983 athlete
Judo Roger Tremblay   1983 coach
Judo Antoine Bouchard
Geneviève Lavoie
February 22-26, 2011 2011 athletes
Volleyball Michel Gagnon   1983 coach
Volleyball Nathalie Pelletier   1983 athlete
  Alain Larouche   1983 official

Flag Raising in Thunder Bay

The official Canada Games Flag was raised at Thunder Bay City Hall on January 11, 2011 during a special ceremony featuring the Mayor of Thunder Bay Keith Hobbs as well as 2011 Canada Games athlete Amanda Makela and Rob and Christina Zuback, parents of 2011 Canada Games athlete Brittany Zuback.

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