Pan Am Games Torch Relay Will Cross Canada, Hit 130 Ont. Communities

October 1, 2014 Updated: November 23, 2014

TORONTO—The torch relay for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games will be a national event, with stops in five Canadian cities as well as more than 100 Ontario communities. 

Organizers say the torch will be carried by 3,000 people during its 41-day journey to the Games, and Canadians aged 13 and up can enter for a chance to be one of them. 

Stops are planned in Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal, Halifax and the Greater Vancouver Area, as well as 130 communities “in all corners of Ontario.” 

The relay will begin on May 30 in Toronto and end back in the city on July 10 for the lighting of the cauldron at the end of the opening ceremony downtown. 

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has already been named as an honorary torchbearer but others wishing to take part can enter online at

Names will be chosen by a random draw in December. Torchbearers will also be chosen by communities along with route and other stakeholders. 

A separate Parapan Am Torch Relay will take place prior to the start of the Parapan Am Games on Aug. 7, 2015.