50 years of the Canada Games

Held every two years since 1967, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes. As the best in their age group, these young competitors come to the Games having trained long and hard to be among those chosen to represent their respective province or territory. With the Canada Games poised as a key step in the development of Canada’s future stars, Canada Games athletes are Canada’s next generation national, international and Olympic champions.

Québec City, 1967 - The first Canada Games

For the first time in Canada’s history, 1,800 athletes from 10 provinces and two territories gathered to compete in 15 sports. Under the Games’ motto ‘Unity through Sport’, these first Canada Winter Games paved the way to what is now Canada’s largest multi-sport competition for young athletes.

Winnipeg, 2017 - 50 years of the Canada Games and 150 years of Confederation

The 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg will mark not only the Canada Games’ 50th anniversary, but also Canada’s 150th birthday. The 2017 Canada Games will recognize and celebrate past host cities and notable alumni, and have been earmarked as an official celebration of Canada 150.

Canada Games Host Cities  

  • 1967 – First Canada Winter Games – Québec City, Québec 
  • 1969 – First Canada Summer Games – Halifax/Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 
  • 1971 – Canada Winter Games – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 
  • 1973 – Canada Summer Games – New Westminster/Burnaby, B.C. 
  • 1975 – Canada Winter Games – Lethbridge, Alberta 
  • 1977 – Canada Summer Games – St. John's Newfoundland 
  • 1979 – Canada Winter Games – Brandon, Manitoba 
  • 1981 – Canada Summer Games – Thunder Bay, Ontario 
  • 1983 – Canada Winter Games – Saguenay-Lac St. Jean, Québec 
  • 1985 – Canada Summer Games – Saint John, New Brunswick 
  • 1987 – Canada Winter Games – Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia 
  • 1989 – Canada Summer Games – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 
  • 1991 – Canada Winter Games – Charlottetown, P.E.I. 
  • 1993 – Canada Summer Games – Kamloops, B.C. 
  • 1995 – Canada Winter Games – Grande Prairie, Alberta 
  • 1997 – Canada Summer Games – Brandon, Manitoba 
  • 1999 – Canada Winter Games – Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador 
  • 2001 – Canada Summer Games – London, Ontario 
  • 2003 – Canada Winter Games – Bathurst-Campbellton, New Brunswick 
  • 2005 – Canada Summer Games – Regina, Saskatchewan 
  • 2007 – Canada Winter Games – Whitehorse, Yukon 
  • 2009 – Canada Summer Games – Prince Edward Island
  • 2011 – Canada Winter Games – Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2013 - Canada Summer Games - Sherbrooke, Québec
  • 2015 - Canada Winter Games - Prince George, British Columbia
  • 2017 - Canada Summer Games - Winnipeg, Manitoba