Winnipeg, Manitoba will host the Canada Summer Games from July 28 until August 13, 2017. Featuring 16 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival, the 2017 Canada Games will welcome over 4,000 athletes and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors. And we at Birchwood are proud to be apart of the games and to be supplying the games with 140 new vehicles!
The Canada Games are this country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes and in 2017 will celebrate their 50th anniversary and acknowledge Canada’s 150th birthday. The 2017 Canada Summer Games will leave a lasting legacy of new and enhanced sports facilities, volunteer and leadership development that will benefit athletes and the broader community for years to come.
The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society would like to acknowledge the co-hosts for the 2017 Canada Games, Treaty No. 1, Treaty No. 3 and the Manitoba Metis Federation whose traditional lands and waters these Games will be held upon as well as the many Elders and Grandmothers that have provided the Host Society with cultural guidance for the Games.
Winnipeg is the second city in Manitoba to host a summer edition of the Canada Games after Brandon hosted a summer Games in 1997. We can’t wait to welcome the athletes, coaches, officials and everyone who will be joining us for the 2017 Canada Summer Games on the occasion of the 50th anniversary.
The Canada Games are a powerful, nation-building event that promotes unity, cultural understanding, and diversity.
The first Canada Games were held in Québec City in 1967 and were an outstanding success. They paved the way for what is now Canada’s largest multi-sport competition for young athletes. As the best in their age group, amateur competitors from all over Canada come to the Canada Games from the 13 provinces and territories across the nation and compete for the Canada Games Flag and Centennial Cup.
These athletes are our country’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions. Some of the best sports stars to ever come out of Canada gave us their first glimpses of success at the Canada Games, including:
Susan Auch, Team MB – Speed Skating: 1983 Canada Winter Games in Saguenay/Lac-St-Jean, Québec, Cycling: 1985 Canada Summer Games in Saint John, New Brunswick
Sidney Crosby, Team NS – Men’s Hockey: 2003 Canada Winter Games in Bathurst-Campbellton, New Brunswick
Cindy Klassen, Team MB – Speed Skating: 1995 Canada Winter Games in Grande Prairie, Alberta; 1999 Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland; Cycling: 2001 Canada Summer Games in London Ontario
Catriona Le May Doan, Team Sask – Speed Skating and Athletics: 1983 Canada Winter Games in Saguenay/Lac-St-Jean, Quebec; 1987 Canada Winter Games in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Steve Nash, Team BC – Men’s Basketball: 1993 Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, British Columbia
Sami-Jo Small, Team MB – Women’s Hockey: 1991 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island; Athletics: 1993 Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, British Columbia, 1997 Canada Summer Games in Brandon, Manitoba
Bruny Surin, Team QC – Athletics: 1985 Canada Summer Games in Saint John, New Brunswick
Adam van Koeverden, Team ON – Canoe-Kayak: 1997 Canada Summer Games in Brandon, Manitoba
The Canada Games — a celebration of youth, sport, culture and community — are the product of an ongoing collaboration between the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, host municipalities, strong private sector partnerships and the Canada Games Council.
Learn more about it here.