The Pan Am flame has officially begun it’s journey to Canada! The flame began its’ journey in Teotihuacan, Mexico at the Pyramid of the Sun. The ceremony featured an ancient ceremonial lighting of the torch by the Aztecs, and included a passing of the torch to the official Canadian representatives to begin it’s travel to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Toronto 2015 representatives, the Mexico Olympic Committee and various consulate members and dignitaries were in attendance at the ceremony to officially light the Pan Am torch and to signify the beginning of the torch relay. Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Chief Bryan Laforme and Elder Garry Sault were in attendance to participate in the flame lighting ceremony and to represent the official host first nation of the Toronto 2015 games.
Over the next 41 days after the official arrival to Canada on May 30th, the torch will visit over 130 communities across Canada. The majority of stops are scheduled to be in Ontario but Montreal, QC; Calgary, AB; Richmond, BC; and Winnipeg, MB, will also receive the flame. The final stop of the torch will be in Toronto on Day 41 and will mark the official opening of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games on July 10th.