The Pam Am Flame started the day at Gatineau City Hall before crossing the Alexandra Bridge into Ottawa and arriving at Rideau Hall. The flame then travelled on foot, by bike, boat and roller skates over to City Hall and the Ottawa Sport Gall of Fame.

The community celebration took place on Sparks St. where the cauldron was lit by hurdler Karelle Edwards.

"I think it's great, especially with Canada Day tomorrow and the Parliament Hill right there and everyone came out so it's kind of a great way to kick things off," said Edwards.

The Pam Am Torch Relay is a 41 day journey where the flame visits over 130 communities in preparation for the Pam Am Games in Toronto, July 10th.

Pan Am Games CEO Saad Rafi was in Ottawa during these celebrations. "These games are bigger than just putting on games, they bring a sense of community, they demonstrate our diversity and inclusion in this community and the community where the games will be held," said Rafi.

Celebrations will continue tomorrow as the torch moves to Parliament Hill at one PM.