Next year’s Canada Summer Games torch will arrive in very unique, Niagara way

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Officials and Games mascot Shelly announce the 2022 torch relay program at Lock 3 beside the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, Oct. 6, 2021. Photo credit: Niagara 2022 Host Society


When you think of Niagara, what first comes to mind?

Wineries. Yes. 

The casinos. For sure. 

But what about the Welland Canal? An engineering masterpiece that is almost 200 years old. 

With the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games 302 days away, the Niagara Host Society made a very unique announcement earlier this week.

In partnership with Canada Steamship Lines (CSL), the Canada Games torch will travel the Welland Canal System when it arrives in the Region next summer. 

“We can’t wait to bring to life our Niagara 2022 Torch Relay program and this unique vision that was only made possible thanks to CSL,” said Doug Hamilton, Board Chair of the Niagara 2022 Host Society. 

“Next summer’s Niagara 2022 Torch Relay will represent an invitation to our country and local Niagara community to join in the journey of the Games as we prepare for the arrival of the next generation of Canadian athletes to the Niagara Region for Canada’s largest multi-sport event.”

“CSL has been navigating the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes for over 100 years and this is truly a first for us,” said Louis Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer of The CSL Group. We are honoured that one of our ships will be the first torch bearing vessel in the history of the Canada Games, bringing energy and excitement along our waterways.”

“We look forward to carrying this iconic symbol that brings hope, unity and determination to our young athletes and communities.”

“The Canada Games spark greatness across Canada by showcasing the best of our next generation of athletes and leaders,” added Dan Wilcock, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Games Council.

“The Torch Relay provides that initial spark, which will inspire the nation en route to the 2022 Canada Summer Games, while paying homage to the historic waterways of Ontario and the Niagara Region.”

The Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games torch will travel through all 12 municipalities that make up the Region, starting Saturday June 25 in Thorold. 


Date Location Date Location
Saturday, June 25 Thorold Saturday, July 16 Pelham
Sunday, June 26 Niagara Falls Sunday, July 17 West Lincoln
Saturday, July 2 Fort Erie Saturday, July 23 Grimsby
Sunday, July 3 Port Colborne Sunday, July 24 Lincoln
Saturday, July 9 Wainfleet Saturday, July 30 Niagara-on-the-Lake
Sunday, July 10 Welland Sunday, July 31 St. Catharines


Over 5,000 athletes, their coaches and support staff will converge on Niagara from August 6 to 21, 2022.

Almost the same number of volunteers will make sure the Games run smoothly. 

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