Williams Lake and Quesnel will go head-to-head for the 2015 Canada Winter Games torch relay celebration.

Williams Lake and Quesnel will go head-to-head for the 2015 Canada Winter Games torch relay celebration.

Williams Lake and Quesnel to go head-to-head in 2015 Canada Winter Games community torch celebration

Williams Lake and Quesnel will go head-to-head in a Canada Winter Games community torch relay celebration contest.

  • Aug. 27, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Eight communities from the 2015 Canada Winter Games Regional Community Torch Celebration competition are going head-to-head in an online vote to determine which communities will host the 2015 Games Regional Torch Celebrations, as part of the 2015 Games Torch Relay.

One community in each region of northern B.C. has the opportunity to host a Canada Winter Games regional torch celebration — in what will be the largest 2015 Games celebration outside of Prince George — leading up to the 2015 Games.

Voting is open at www.canadagames2015.ca and ends on Sept. 12, 2014, at 11:59 p.m.

“The quality of submissions we received from communities across the region were remarkable,” 2015 Canada Winter Games CEO Stuart Ballantyne said.

“Now, it’s up to British Columbians to help decide what communities will host 2015 Canada Winter Games Regional Community Torch Celebrations.”

The finalists in each region are:

Northwest — Terrace and New Hazelton

Northeast — Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Pouce Coupe

Central Interior — Williams Lake and Quesnel

Visit www.canadagames2015.ca to learn more about the communities and to vote for a deserving community in one or all three regions.

The three successful communities will be announced Sept. 24, 2014, at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention.

The 2015 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport cultural event to ever be held in Prince George and northern B.C. and is forecasted to generate an economic impact of more than $90 million while building champions and inspiring dreams amongst Canadian youth.

Athletes from 10 provinces and three territories will compete in 19 sports with the dream of becoming Canada’s next champions.