The Grey Cup is making its way around country by train and is set to stop in Kamloops next month.
"The Grey Cup really belongs to every Canadian, so our goal for this special year of the 100th Grey Cup game is to bring it to as many cities, towns and Canadians as we can," said Mark Cohon, commissioner of the Canadian Football League. "And thanks to our presenting partner RONA, we are doing it in a way that will make Canadians proud, and in a most Canadian way possible: by train."
The Grey Cup 100 Tour will make over 100 stops across Canada over 72 days, launching in Vancouver on Sept. 7 and ending in Toronto for the 100th Grey Cup festival and game on Nov. 25.
There will be autograph signing, photo opportunities, B.C. Lions merchandise, a football obstacle course and the Kamloops Broncos Skills Station during the Kamloops stop on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Hillside Stadium.
While it won't arrive by train here, due to railway schedules, the Grey Cup will be transported by road.
Donated by then Governor General Earl Grey in 1909, the Grey Cup has, like Canada, emerged from two World Wars, a Depression, and countless challenges and triumphs.
"We are proud that the Grey Cup has for decades been the trophy awarded to the champions of our league," Cohon said. "We are prouder still that it has become something even bigger than our game. It is a symbol of Canadian unity, of our ability to compete and come together at the same time. The Grey Cup is special. It's ours. And it's time to celebrate it -- and Canada."
Dates and times and a full list of tour stops can be found at www.greycuptour.ca.