Sylvan Lake chosen as official relay stop for 2019 Canada Winter Games

Sylvan Lake chosen as official relay stop for 2019 Canada Winter Games

There will be 26 official torch relay stops and 22 celebration stops across the country

Sylvan Lake has been chosen as one of the 26 official stops in the 2019 Canada Winter Games Torch Relay.

Along with the official stops across the country there will also be 22 “celebration stops”.

The relay was officially announced in Red Deer on May 15. This is the first time the Canada Winter Games has had a torch relay.

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The relay will begin this October, and will visit just about 50 cities and towns across the country before arriving in Red Deer on Feb. 15, 2019.

The torch will stop in Sylvan Lake on Feb. 5, 2019 before moving on to Ponoka and finally Red Deer.

Sylvan Lake Town Council was told of the stop at the May 14 Council meeting by the acting Chief Administrative Officer Ron Lebsack.

“We are of course looking forward to it and to the upcoming Games,” Lebsack said to Council, which all members agreed.

Other Central Alberta stops include Rimbey, Blackfalds, Olds, Lacombe, Stettler, Wetaskiwin Rocky Mountain House, Maskwacis and Innisfail.

Along with the relay, Canadians are being encouraged to nominated a torchbearer.

Lyn Radford, board chair for the Games, said at the announcement everyone should find a nearby stop and nominate an individual who they feel is a worthy recipient of being a torchbearer.

It is expected 10-15 torchbearers will be chosen to carry the torch across the 26 official relay stops.

Nominations for torchbearers are open until June 30. More information can be found online at www.canadagames.ca/2019/mnptorchrelay.