Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Passes Through Burnaby, BC
The Olympic torch began to make its way across the Lower Mainland this week and it passed through the suburb of Burnaby this morning. The torch made its way through Langley and Richmond this week, and will pass through Burnaby and Vancouver today. The Burnaby Village Museum drew a huge crowd as the torch made its way on through Deer Lake Parkway and up Willingdon Avenue towards the Metrotown area.
A few hundred people were gathered on Willingdon Avenue, just up from BCIT, including a few classes of elementary school kids and numerous locals from the surrounding Forglen neighborhood. People were clad in all kinds of Canada apparel, red and white clothing, and many were waving Coca Cola sponsored Olympic flags given out prior to the torch arriving. One woman had a huge Canada flag draped over her shoulders like a cape and another man wore a Canada hockey jersey. Everyone had cameras and almost every vehicle heading up the hill on Willingdon honked for the crowds.
Many police cars first made their way up the hill on Willingdon followed by Coca Cola sponsored vehicles, official Olympic vehicles, and an RBC Olympic truck. Next came runners accompanying the torch bearer. The torch runner was all smiles and waved to everyone on the sidewalks as he made the uphill climb towards Kingsway. Minivans of other Olympic torch runners followed the torch bearer with their windows open and cheering for Team Canada. Music from the Black Eyed Peas was blaring from Olympic sponsored vehicles as everyone cheered the Olympic torch passing. Burnaby definitely has Olympic spirit!
The torch will then be transported south to the Burnaby Village Museum for a celebration there before it continues its next leg, along Gilpin Street, north on Deer Lake Parkway past city hall and then west along Canada Way, all the way to Willingdon Avenue.
The torch will then go south along Willingdon, past BCIT, Moscrop Secondary and Willingdon Church, up a steep hill, all the way to Kingsway