Sunday, July 5, 2015

Days 34 & 35, Kingston to Belleville to Toronto

Day 34 on the 2015 Pan-Am Games Torch Relay. I had a bit of time to check out downtown Kingston.

Including the Frontenac County court house, built back in 1858

One last look out at the water, (where the St. Lawrence river flows into Lake Ontario) and part of Fort Henry, with the cannons on the shore.

Crossing the bridge, a plaque commemorating the La Salle Causeway, completed in 1917.
The La Salle Causeway is a causeway that allows Highway 2 to cross the Cataraqui River (the southern entrance of the Rideau Canal) at Kingston, Ontario.

another Kingston Landmark, this archway is in memory of the cadets that served in the wars that went to the Royal Military College. (which has been in Kingston since 1876)

Our first torchbearer meeting point of the day 34 was in another old historic building, the town hall in Napanee. (population about 15,500.

the Town Hall was erected in 1856 and is a National Historic Site of Canada

Napanee torchbearers

This was a big old building close to the downtown core..........

which closed down a few years ago after 173 years in business.

following our pilot through the brick façade of downtown Napanee
We ended up back at the town hall for one of our many community celebrations.

Our second meeting of the day was in our last "on the road" layover city before we get back to Toronto. Here we are by the Bay of Quinte in Belleville, Ontario (population around 50,000)

The going over the bridge while driving shot. (not the best)

The torch relay vehicles line up at our last on the road hotel in Belleville
Day 35 was another special day on the relay. Our first torchbearer meeting point was at CFB air force (Canadian Forces Base) in Trenton.

and we were also lucky enough to have our start of day celebration at the National Air Force Museum

Inside the museum, this plane was so huge, I couldn't even get in all on my camera.
They had everything here. I only wish we had more time to check it all out.

Even the plane engine section.

They had a celebration outside, and our torchbearers were getting the star treatment.

It was a great community event.

To start the ceremony, a sky-diver descended from above.
the relay continued into the civilian world of downtown Trenton. (now part of Quinte West, population about 43,000)

This torchbearer is far from showing the usual nerves. He look quite chill as he awaits his turn to carry the Pan-Am flame.

Then it was down a quiet highway for the last time on the relay as we head  towards our final few days in the Greater Toronto Area.

But first Haley and I had time for a quick break at a Chinese restaurant. (Almost like being at home)

and then to our second meeting point of the day in Cobourg. (population around 18.200, and our last small community of the relay)

The smaller communities spirit have rocked this relay.
They give us extra time to get from our meeting point to the point where the first torchbearer in our group starts their segment, but I must admit I was a little nervous when we had to wait for this freight train to go by.

Now that is the kind of support torchbearer support we like to see!

Our pilot vehicle give us the downtown tour once again

and then we headed to our final hotel for the relay, our home away from home for 7 days, the Holiday Inn in Yorkdale, close to downtown Toronto

As we are getting close to the Pan-Am games time, we will need accreditation to get into some of the venues in the GTA

That's my view for the next week, wow the days that brought us back to Toronto have flown by.

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