The Queen's Baton Relay (QBR) will in Edmonton Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29, as part of the Canadian tour, as it makes its way from England to the 2018 Commonwealth Games Host City, the Gold Coast, Australia. Watch this What is the QBR video to learn more.
How to See the Baton
Edmonton is proud to once again share in the excitement of the Commonwealth Games. As a former Games host city, we get the opportunity to host the Queen's Baton Relay. We want everyone to interact with the Baton, so we are bringing it to you. You’ll be able to hold it and take pictures with it in several locations during the visit to Edmonton.
On Friday July 28, the Baton will be at the Edmonton Eskimos game at Commonwealth Stadium, which was built in 1978 to host the Commonwealth Games. The Baton will be:
- Featured on the field, on the big screen and passed around in the crowd
- At the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame display in the Jackie Parker Room (on the west concourse)
On Saturday July 29, the Baton is traveling throughout the city to highlight history and sports culture. You can see it:
- 10-10:30am: at Welcome and launch event at
- Relive moments through photos and videos and meet alumni from the 1978 Games and hear from visiting dignitaries
- Belgravia Elementary School, one of two schools in Canada to be partnered with a school in the Gold Coast, will receive a pennant of celebration and friendship
- 2-2:45pm: at in William Hawrelak Park Please see link for how to get to the park, including a free shuttle.
- Throughout the day: from Downtown to Old Strathcona to the river valley, you'll see the Baton travel on a variety of vehicles, including Edmonton Rickshaw, Edmonton Radial Railway Streetcar, vintage fire truck, Park Ranger rescue boat and military jeep.
Follow the Baton’s journey in Edmonton on social media using #QBR2018.
Meet Athletes from 1978 Games
These successful 1978 Commonwealth alumni will be traveling with the Baton in Edmonton.
- Diane Jones-Konihowski, Athletics, won gold in Pentathlon at the 1978 Games and participated in three Olympics.
- Graham Smith, Swimming, won 6 gold medals at the 1978 Games and a silver medal at the Montreal Olympics. In 1977, Smith set a world record in the 200m individual medley.
About the Queen's Baton Relay
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Commonwealth Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.
The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.
The Gold Coast 2018 Relay will be the longest and most accessible ever, visiting all 70 Commonwealth nations and territories. The Baton started on March 13, 2017 at Buckingham Palace, and is on an epic 388-day journey through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on April 4, 2018, where Her Majesty, or a representative, will remove the message from the Baton and read it aloud to officially open the Games.
About the Baton
The Queen’s Baton has been specially designed to capture the boundless energy of the Gold Coast and is an inspiring symbol that will connect the Commonwealth with Australia, Queensland and the Gold Coast.