50th anniversary of the Canada Games


The 2017 Canada Summer Games will celebrate the Games' 50th anniversary and Canada's 150th birthday by bringing Canadians together, celebrating the exceptional athletes who have competed at the previous 25 editions, while also investing in the future of sport and the next generation of Canadian champions, both on and off the field of play. 


Featuring 16 sports and over 250 events, and combined with a major cultural festival, the 2017 Canada Summer Games will bring together exceptional athletes and artists from coast to coast to coast to celebrate these major milestones in a truly unique fashion. Visitors from across the country will be invited to share in the celebration of our shared culture and heritage while cheering on this country’s finest young athletes as they vie for a place on the podium.

Canada Games Activity Challenge

To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and the 50th Anniversary of the Canada Games, the Canada Games Council will launch the Canada Games Activity Challenge as a Canada 150 Signature Project. 


The Canada Games Activity Challenge will officially begin in schools in January 2017. The online physical literacy tracker and rewards program is aimed at inspiring the 90% of youth who are not currently meeting the recommended daily amount of physical activity, and supporting elementary teachers with physical literacy activities.
Participants in the Canada Games Activity Challenge will stick to a daily activity program, based on the principals of physical literacy. These fun activities and interactive challenges are developed to build healthy, habit-forming behaviours in students and will empower teachers with a database of age-appropriate and skill-specific activities, linked to Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. Students will also participate individually at home, challenging themselves to accomplish personal bests. These efforts will be supported by a web-based application to help track participation and motivate—using the principals of gamification.

Click here for more information about the Canada Games Activity Challenge.


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.

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1867 - 2017: Canada is 150 years strong

Nearly 150 years ago, at the Charlottetown and Québec conferences, the Fathers of Confederation worked on a visionary project—to create a lasting democracy—which today serves as a model for the world. Many important people, milestones, cultural and political events have shaped our country’s history and helped it grow into a Canada that is a strong model and leader in the world; proud of its identity, diversity, innovation, and natural beauty; and that is a free, open, diverse and pluralistic society.

Canada’s centennial year in 1967 helped create many important legacies that have had a lasting impact on our society, including the creation of the Canada Games. The first competition, held in Québec City, brought together 1800 athletes from 10 provinces and 2 territories and paved the way for what has become Canada’s largest multi-sport competition for young athletes.

Learn more about Canada 150 celebrations and how you can get involved with the 2017 Canada Games to celebrate this major milestone in our country’s history: