Torch on the way to Wolf Capital of the World

On July 6, the Manitoba Torch Relay will bring the Roly McLenahan torch through Thompson, the “Hub of the North.”

The excitement of the 2017 Canada Summer Games has made its way through Steinbach, Kenora, Morden, and Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation through the torch and will continue through five more communities before making its way to Winnipeg for a celebration on July 26 to kick off the Games in the city.

Ten local torchbearers will carry the flame through Thompson.                    

Located in the heart of Canada’s northern wilderness, Thompson radiates wildlife and culture. For those looking to learn about Aboriginal culture or to get up-close with the tusk of a woolly mammoth, there’s the Thompson Heritage North Museum. For an outdoors adventure, take a short hike to explore Pisew Falls, or cross the suspension bridge to start an 11-kilometre hike to Manitoba’s highest waterfall, Kwasitchewan Falls.

The community’s love and respect for wolves is evident in their presence throughout the town. If you take a walk down the town’s two-kilometre path, Spirit Way, you’ll come across colourful wolf sculptures, the start of Canada’s largest rock face carving of wolves, and the 10-storey high reproduction of “Wolf Sketch”, Canada’s largest photo-real mural.

The Thompson Zoo houses live wolves and wild wolves are occasionally seen on the outskirts of town.

As the self-declared Wolf Capital of the World, Thompson aims to be a world-class centre for wolf-positive research, education and ecotourism.

“This community is amazing, we do wonderful things here in the North.  When we come together no other community is better,” said Sandra Ross-Hitch, one of Thompson’s torchbearers and Co-Chair of the Manitoba Games Powered by Manitoba Hydro in Thompson next year.

Ross-Hitch came to Thompson from Thunder Bay, where the 1981 Canada Summer Games were hosted and she still remembers the excitement that surrounds the Games.

The Games Society left Thunder Bay with a brand-new pool, and outdoor track, and Ross-Hitch is excited for the legacy that the Games will leave Winnipeg and our province.

“Youth need sport and culture in their lives to enhance their well being,” said Ross-Hitch. “This gives youth an outlet to make their confidence soar in different ways.” 

For her, volunteering is a way of life. “Everyone was put on this earth to do something and for me it’s volunteering.” said Ross-Hitch.

The relay starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Manitoba Hydro Office - 16 Station Rd and ending at Mclean Park. After the relay, join us for a community celebration BBQ at 12:20 p.m. This event is open to all, so come cheer on our torchbearers and feel the excitement of the Canada Summer Games in Thompson!