The Olympic flame finally made its way to Canada Friday morning after a long flight from Greece.
The flame arrived at the Victoria airport met by dignitaries, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the mayor of Vancouver and premier of British Columbia. John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee said, “For the next 106 days, we’ll have the time of our lives.”
The flame lasts approximately 14 hours, but there are believed to be at least five backups.
As part of the 45,000 km trek across Canada leading up to February 2010, medal-winning Olympians Simon Whitfield and Catriona Le May Doan were revealed as the first torchbearers.