Meet The Countries and Territories Of The Pan Am Games

This article is an oldie but a goodie!

Posted: April 24, 2015

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

The excitement is building as Canada welcomes the athletes from all 41 PASO member nations to compete in this summer’s Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Athletes from the Americas and the Caribbean will converge in Toronto and surrounding cities, including some events held in Ontario’s Central Counties, to take part in the third largest international multi-sport Games. It is important to remember that the games are as much about people coming together as they are about winning. As host, we are awarded the responsibility to show our kindness, appreciation, and good spirit to all visitors from other countries either competing in an event or spectating. Let’s take this time to learn more about some of the countries and territories involved in this year’s games:
People likning arms at the  Pan Am Games
Argentina: This beautiful country, located in SouthAmerica, is known for their love of football (soccer). They enjoyed a deep run in the most recent World Cup, finishing second to Germany. They also love red meats, being the country that consumes the most red meats in the world. There people are passionate about sport and a lot of fun to celebrate with.
Grenada: Commonly referred to as the ‘Island of Spice’, Grenada is an island country with flavour. Kirani James won the first Olympic gold medal for Grenada in the 2012 Summer Olympics in men’s 400 metres. This means they are both friendly and speedy!
Honduras: Honduras is one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world. But if you prefer to have two solid feet on the ground, the country has several different days of celebration to participate in. Honduras Independence Day features eclectic bands and tasty local foods to help you become one with the culture.
Peru: Tourists often visit Peru to climb the incredible and historic Machu Picchu, but the country has so much more to offer. Peru is one of the countries home to the Amazon rainforest and with that a huge variety of wildlife. The people are friendlier then the animals though, so stay alert if you find yourself on a tour group through the massive rainforest.
Trinidad and Tobago: Not surprisingly this country consists mainly of two islands, appropriately named Trinidad and Tobago. It has a diverse cultural background, which makes the dancing and music so rich and unique. If you want to experience the time of your life, head to Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival!
United States of America: Everyone is familiar with our friends to the South. The United States always brings strong and talented athletes to any games they compete in and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with. Off the field of competition, Americans are always down for a good time and a lot of fun to be around.
We hope you are now a little more familiar with a few of the countries and territories Canada will welcome to the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Check out the full list here to get to know them all!. When you attend some of the events this year, make sure to say hi to our friendly visitors. Ontario’s Central Counties is happy to help welcome the athletes and people from these amazing countries.

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