Olympic Torch Relay visits Ottawa and region
- Tuesday, 15 December 2009 03:52
- Written by Jantine Van Kregten
On Saturday, the Olympic Torch Relay visited Ottawa, after spending Friday night in neighbouring Gatineau, Québec. The torch crossed into Ontario over the Alexandra Bridge. And who was waiting to run the torch up to the statue of Samuel de Champlain at Nepean Point? None other than Bryan Murray, general manager of the Ottawa Senators. Here he is waiting for his big moment:
As Mr. Murray scaled the hill, we circled around to the front of the National Gallery of Canada and the iconic 9m bronze spider sculpture known as Maman. There we witnessed another “passing of the torch” moment:
The torch ran off past the Royal Canadian Mint (where they’re busy making the medals for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games), 24 Sussex Drive (where the Prime Minister’s wife and children were waiting to greet it), Rideau Hall, Rockcliffe Park and Vanier neighbourhoods, then to the ByWard Market district.
We caught another glimpse just before the torch passed the original BeaverTails stand in the Market, on its way to Ottawa City Hall, through more neighbourhoods, before ending up at a huge party on Parliament Hill at 7:00pm.
We had to miss the Parliament Hill celebration, complete with fireworks and the launch of the Christmas Lights Across Canada program, as we were attending our Ottawa Tourism Christmas party that night!