Torch route through New Westminster revealed

Locals have been speculating about the probably path of the Torch route through New Westminster for some time, but today the real deal was revealed.

Locals have been speculating about the probable path of the Torch route through New Westminster for some time, but today the real deal was revealed.

A bird’s eye view of the path of the Olympic Flame through New Westminster when it arrives on February 9 is now visible on the VANOC website (screenshots below).

Bird's Eye view of the Torch route through New West, via the VANOC website. This is as close as we can see, so far.
Bird's Eye view of the Torch route through New West, via the VANOC website. This is as close as we can see, so far.

As you can see, the Flame arrives in New West via Royal Ave, and will pass City Hall before going up Sixth St, then past Royal City Centre on Sixth Ave, turning on to 8th St. (past Moody Park), then on to 8th Ave by Mercer Stadium and NWSS. The Flame will then pass through Queen Park along 2nd St. to the park itself. There will be a big celebration in Queen’s Park from 10:15am – 12:15pm, and then the Torch relay continues downhill to Columbia St. and on to the Quay. From the Quay, torchbearer Laura Cuthbert will carry the Flame to Queensborough via paddlewheeler.

Part one of the Torch route through New Westminster: from City Hall, up to NWSS, through Queen's Park and down to Columbia St. and the Quay.
Part one of the Torch route through New Westminster: from City Hall, up to NWSS, through Queen's Park and down to Columbia St. and the Quay.
Part two of the Torch Route: the torchbearer boards a paddlewheeler at the Quay and crosses the Fraser River to Queensborough.
Part two of the Torch Route: the torchbearer boards a paddlewheeler at the Quay and crosses the Fraser River to Queensborough.

Laura is one of the two torchbearers nominated by the City (all other torchbearers were selected following application to Coca Cola and RBC, the corporate sponsors of the 2010 Winter Olympics torch relay). The paddlewheeler segment will become the latest addition to the unique modes of travel that the torch has been on over the course of the longest relay in Olympic history.

Tourism New West hopes to see lots of local Olympic supporters wearing red in Queen’s Park for the big party and lining the streets along the Torch route on February 9. ┬áThe city’s even got a Facebook event invitation out there, if you want to declare your attendance to your Facebook friends!

Who plans to be there?

Briana Tomkinson

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3 comments

  1. The Royal City Record is reporting that Justin Mourneau will be carrying the torch on the 11th which means he won't be in New West — sure wish he could be the torch-bearer here in his hometown!

    How many torch-bearers will participate in New Westminster? Other than Laura (IMO, an excellent candidate/representative), do we know who else is participating?

  2. The Douglas College torchbearer is Anna Solnickova – I'll have Anna's story up on the college blogs insidedouglas.com and douglasishere.com momentarily! (disclaimer: I work in the Communications and Marketing Office at Douglas College)

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