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August 22, 2000
Backgrounder - Toronto Activities During Trans Canada Trail Week
Tuesday, August 22, 2000 Take to the Trail Day
  • Toronto residents and visitors are encouraged to get active. Spend some time on our City's trails. From noon to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m., look for Trail representatives handing out information and Relay 2000 memorabilia on the Waterfront/Martin Goodman trail, officially designated as the Trans Canada Trail in Toronto.
Wednesday, August 23, 2000 Toronto Blue Jays Celebrate Relay Day 2000
  • Celebrations for the Trans Canada Trail will take place at the Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals game at 7 p.m.
  • Relay 2000 tattoos flags and other memorabilia will be available free of charge.
  • Trans Canada Trail Prize Packs will be given away during the game.
Thursday, August 24, 2000 CNE Welcomes Relay 2000
  • The CNE is the first official stop of Relay 2000 in Toronto.
  • Presentation at the Faces of Canada Stage at 12:30 p.m., Automotive Building with Relay 2000 organizers and special guests.
  • The Relay will arrive at the Princes' Gates at approximately 12:45 p.m.
  • Celebrity water carriers will take part in a mini-relay through the CNE grounds, traveling down streets named after Canada's provinces and territories.
  • Relay 2000 Rally will take place at the Faces of Canada Stage at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Trans Canada Relay Trail began on February 19, 2000 in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT, when water from the Arctic Ocean was drawn by local Junior Rangers and blessed by local church representatives before being placed in a symbolic baton.
  • The western leg of Relay 2000 began in Victoria, British Columbia on April 7. Water was drawn from Victoria's Inner Harbour and brought to shore by Aboriginal war canoes for its trip east across Canada. On May 5, the Atlantic waters were drawn in Cape Spear, Newfoundland.
  • Five thousand official water carriers (1,300 in Ontario) have walked, run, cycled, ridden horseback, cross-country skied, snowmobiled and journeyed by wheelchair along the 16,000 kilometer Trans Canada Trail that stretches across Canada's mountains, prairies, forests, parks, towns and cities. The waters from the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans will all reach their final destination of Hull, Quebec on September 9, 2000, when the Trans Canada Trail is officially unveiled. When it is complete, Relay 2000 will have visited more than 800 communities across Canada, including 165 in Ontario.

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