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Canada Games Flag Relay

July 5, 2013 – As a former host community of the Canada Summer Games, Thunder Bay is flying the official Canada Games Flag at City Hall for three days beginning July 5.

The Canada Games Council is recognizing all previous host communities during the leadup to this year’s Canada Summer Games – which take place from Aug. 2 to 17, 2013, in Sherbrooke, QC – with a coast-to-coast flag relay. Each former host community will have a chance to fly the official Canada Games Flag for three days, passing it on until it reaches Sherbrooke for the Opening Ceremonies on Aug. 2.

Flag Relay Facts

  • The Canada Games Flag Relay has taken place since 2007
  • The official Flag visits all previous Games host communities during the relay
  • The same Flag is then flown during the opening ceremonies of the Games
  • An interactive map at lets Canadians track the Flag’s progress
  • The Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter
  • Thunder Bay hosted the Canada Summer Games in 1981
  • The first Canada Summer Games took place in 1969 in Halifax and Dartmouth, NS
  • The first Canada Winter Games took place in 1967 in Quebec City


Contact:   Doug Henry, Event Supervisor – Recreation & Culture Division, 625-2487

Canada Games Flag Raising Photo


(l-r): Mayor Keith Hobbs, diver Molly Carlson and wrestler Marco Palermo prepare to raise the official Canada Games Flag at Thunder Bay City Hall on Friday. Carlson and Palermo will both be travelling to Sherbrooke, QC, to compete in this year’s Canada Summer Games, which run from Aug. 2 to 17.
photo credit: John Sims