Catch the Spirit

Inspiration for classrooms, schools and our communities

Educational Program

The Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games staff is meeting with educators from our four school boards - the District School Board of Niagara, the Niagara Catholic District School Board, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde and the MonAvenir Conseil Scolaire Catholique - to develop fun learning opportunities related to sport, healthy living, and our Games.

Mascot Challenge

Canada Games Park

As part of the Catch the Spirit Education program, students between the ages of 10 and 15 were invited to name and design the Niagara 2021 Canada Games mascot - a turtle! Turtles are a natural fit with many species native to the Niagara Region. Additionally, it is the belief of many indigenous communities that the Niagara Escarpment is the backbone and heart of “Turtle Island”. The contest launched on World Turtle Day (May 23rd) and entries poured in by the closing date of June 30th. One mascot design winner and one mascot name winner will be awarded a Google Chromebook courtesy of SPARK Niagara. Each winner will also receive VIP passes to a number of 2021 Canada Games events, and of course, bragging rights. Each prize package is valued at $1,000.00 Canadian.

With over 160 schools across the Niagara Region, our mascot is going to be one busy turtle! Starting in January of 2020, our mascot will visit schools across the Niagara Region, injecting enthusiasm for our Games. Students may have the opportunity to meet alumni of past Games, participate in fun activities and learn about healthy lifestyle activities.

Our mascot loves to socialize and will be happy to make an appearance at your community event, school, service club or special event starting in January 2020. Please ensure that you register for our newsletter at the bottom of the page to be among the first to know when the mascot appointment schedule is going live.

Torch Relay

Canada Games Park

The Canada Games Torch Relay is steeped in the tradition of the Canada Games which the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games will honour. Starting with the lighting of the Roly McLenahan Torch in Ottawa at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in May of 2021, the torch will travel to the Niagara Region, culminating with the lighting of the cauldron at Canada Games Park on August 6, 2021.

Along the route, communities will share the excitement of the Games and celebrate Canadian athletes. Our goal is to use both contemporary and historical transportation paths that might include waterways such as the Welland Canal.

The final thirteen stops will be within the Niagara Region with celebrations in each our municipalities and culminate with the lighting of the Canada Games Cauldron near Niagara Region headquarters at the newly designed Canada Games Park.

Torchbearer application forms will be available on this website in the fall of 2020 with details of the route.

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