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).
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.
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. The 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?