Boating in Canada Archive

Olympic Flame crosses Canada 2009

From Pacific to Arctic to Atlantic
106 days, 45,000 kilometres, 12,000 Canadians
By canoe, surfboard, Haida canoe, ...

The torch for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver has been carried by runners, in a plane and a dog sled, but also by water in a canoe, kayak, ferry, surfboard, and a sailboat.

TOFINO, BC - Nov. 1, 2009 - Canoe and Surfboard

The Olympic flame traveled by logging truck and canoe on its way to Tofino, B.C. on the Pacific ocean. Just as the sun dipped into the Pacific Ocean at Pacific Rim National Park, 72-year-old surfer Ruth Sadler waded into the waves with an Olympic torch and passed the flame to 34-year-old Raphael Bruhwiler as he glided by on a surf board. [ | photo]

SAANICH, BC - Nov. 2, 2009 - K8 kayak

The Olympic flame left solid ground and sailed across British Columbia's Elk Lake yesterday, rowed towards shore by a troupe of Canadians who became Olympic champions on its waters. Members of the men's eight, victorious at the glamour event of the 2008 Olympic regatta in Beijing, traversed the kilometre-long stretch to the cheers of hundreds of onlookers, uniting the torch with a lake where they trained with less pomp, circumstance and recognition, and where they forged gold medals. []

HAIDA GWAII, BC - Nov. 4, 2009 - Bill Reed's carved canoe "Loota"

The Olympic Torch arrived on the ancient shores of Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte, in a traditional Haida canoe carved by the famous Bill Reed. []

ST. JOHN'S, NF - Nov. 13, 2009 - Dory and rowing boats

Day 15: Michael Dinn, 35, took the Olympic Flame for a short ride in the little yellow traditional Newfoundland fishing dory (boat) off Petty Harbour, 15 kilometres south of St. John’s. Ron Brennan, recently inducted into the Regatta Hall of Fame, held the torch as it was rowed around Quidi Vidi Lake, home of the Royal St. John’s Regatta boat races — North America’s oldest continuing sporting event. [Youtube Video | Photos | Photos St. John's Telegram]

HOPEWELL ROCKS, NB - Nov. 24, 2009 - Bay of Fundy sea-bottom

Brazil’s Cesar Cielo, an Olympic gold medal swimmer and current world-record holder in 100-metre freestyle, was a torchbearer for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Cielo carried the flame along the ocean floor of the Bay of Fundy while the world’s largest tides were at their lowest. []

SHIPPAGAN, NB - Nov. 28 2009 - fishing boat in Shippagan, New Brunswick

Day 29: The Olympic Flame travelled aboard a large fishing boat in Shippagan, located about 100 kilometres east of Bathurst, New Brunswick. A loop of the harbour from Shippagan pier started the day. []

KINGSTON, ON - Dec. 15, 2009 - sailboat

Day 47: Former Olympic sailor Tim Irwin, who competed for Canada at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, sailed the torch into Kingston's Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on Day 47 to pass to the first Torch bearer of the day. Irwin is the chairman of the board of directors for the Canadian Olympic Training Regatta Kingston. The Tetra statue in the harbour was built for the 1976 Olympic sailing events.