2017 Games Blog

Gold medal

After two amazing weeks of celebrating excellence in sport in Canada, the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society and Co-Hosts, Treaty No. 1, Treaty No. 3 and the Metis Nation represented by the Manitoba Metis Federation along with 6,000 passionate volunteers are bidding adieu ...

Golf Canada Games

With ball speeds reaching 340 Kilometers per hour, it’s no wonder the golfing events were shrouded in a quiet, yet very intense, atmosphere. Each player focuses intently on their tees, tactically hitting their ball to propel it with pinpoint accuracy and watching as it reaches it destination. The silence finally breaks as the athletes pump their fists in the air. Hole in one!

Cole with Medals

At the age of 14 Cole Pratt is already making a major splash in the pool (as well as a name for himself in the world of sports!) The Calgary native has been swimming for the past 10 years and is currently part of the Cascade Swim Club under the guidance of coaches Ildi Deliu and Wendy Johnson.


Noooo, say it ain’t so, Joe! This is our last Top 5 list of the games. We’ve seen triumph and we’ve seen heartbreak, and we’ve also seen a province come alive each day with both locals and visitors alike.


The early birds at the CanoeKayak morning heats were a tremendous crowd of proud parents and coaches. The paddlers' team spirits were also high, as athletes created a warm ambiance of camaraderie with upbeat music and cheers.


the cowbells clang, snare drums boom, and horns toot at the University of Manitoba’s Investors Group Athletics Centre, fans are utterly absorbed into the loud and chaotic atmosphere of the Canada Games’ Volleyball events!

NWT Volunteers

An event such as the 2017 Canada Summer Games requires plenty of man-power, and while Winnipeggers were quick to rise to the challenge and volunteer, they weren’t the only ones. Even more help was trickled down from further up north when the North-West Terretories Youth Ambassadors Program (NWT YAP) decided to send 23 of its participants to assist.


Sun’s out, athletic fun’s out. Well, after a rainy day on Wednesday, Thursday arrived basking in sunshine. It was a perfect day to take in the Canada Games. Competitions are starting to wind down now and we’re thrilled at what we’ve seen so far, but also getting a bit verklempt thinking that we only have a few day left.

Soccer Canada Games

Oh Friday, what delights do you have in store for us today? Let’s see, there’s wrestling, soccer, swimming and so much more. Here’s where to find yourself today...


At first glance, a wrestling match seems more like a ball of tangled humans drenched in sweat rolling across the mat until the referee blows the whistle. Blink once, if feels, and you've missed all the action. It seems like a step back in time to the most basic primal moves of our ancestors, but if you pay close attention, winning a match is complex and aggressively demanding.

Canada Games

Wait. Was that rain falling from the sky yesterday? Trying to dampen our Canada Games mood?! Ha! No way. A little rain is not going to stop us now. We had a few delays, but once those skies cleared, the competitions shifted into higher gear.


As I am sitting on the spectator benches in a chlorine-scented, balmy, humid 26 degree Celsius environment at the Pan Am Pool, it became evident to me that swimming is the most popular event to date! The fans, decked out in team colours, temporary tattoos and costumes, were eager to show their support with the aid of cowbells!


Did you know that paddlers competing in CanoeKayak sprint races can hit rates of up to 180 strokes per minute? That’s three strokes a second! On top of that, they paddle in extremely narrow boats and balancing them on the water requires strength and skill.

CG  Soccer

What does Kevin Costner have to do with the Canada Games? Absolutely, positively, nothing. However, a few of his famous movies seem to fit perfectly with today’s top five places you need to be.

CG Volleyball

Before setting foot in the building at Investors Group Athletic Centre at the University of Manitoba, you could tell by the amount of people filing in that tonight's Men's Volleyball game was going to be one you wouldn't want to miss.

Vincent Family

If you’re like us, attending family reunions isn't necessarily one of your fondest memories, but what about a family reunion at the 2017 Canada Summer Games? The Vincent family is taking it all in this week.

Winnipeg Rocks

Who had a pet rock as a child? If you did, I’m assuming it wasn’t the most exciting or fond memory you had as a child. But who said rocks can’t be fun…or that rocks can’t bring together two of the hottest things in Winnipeg right now: the 2017 Canada Games and “Winnipeg Rocks”!


Please be advised that there has been a postponement in the Canoe/Kayak August 9 competition. Competition will resume tomorrow.


Yesterday, the athletes were bringing it at the Canada Games! Competitions were fast and furious, with action happening in the pool, on the river, over the pitch and out at the park. Here’s how the day went down...


Hey week one, week two is giving you a run for your money. From new sports to new athletes, to amazing Festival nights and everything in between, week two is great. What’s even better? The fun continues! Here’s where you should be today:

Pole Vault

It’s a universally accepted fact that “game faces” aren’t meant to be pretty. In the midst of the action, all thoughts of grace and elegance generally get thrown out the window.

Canada Games softball

It was Manitoba day in Festival world and boy did we celebrate! Visitors (just under 10,000 of them) were in awe as we showcased talent from across the province. Weren’t able to make it? Here’s what you missed:


Actions speak louder than words. Whether it’s swinging a club, pedaling a bike, or lobbing a tennis ball, you can find a variety of athletic movements to suit your style at the Canada Games. Here’s what to move to the top of your list today...


A rainy Friday afternoon in advance of the medal round baseball games does nothing to dampen the spirits of 2017 Canada Summer Games volunteer Dave Walchuk.

Red couch tour

The 2017 Canada Games is gearing up to be the most exciting event of the year! With countless sporting events and festivals, there is something for everyone. However, for those of you looking for events that breakaway from the mainstream…

Family canada games

All eyes have definitely been on the athletes this summer, but what about the rest of Canada?


No sports? Don’t worry - we had big plans for the Festival and we showed our prairie neighbors a lot of love! From retro team Saskatchewan jackets to welcoming Buffy Sainte-Marie to our beautiful province, Sask night did not disappoint.

Swimming Canada Games

Bring on week two! Aren’t you just loving the Canada Games so far? The enthusiasm of the athletes, families and volunteers is absolutely infectious. Week two brings a whole new bunch of competitions to the table. With a little help from a few Canadian slang terms, here’s what should be on your agenda for today...

benevole des Jeux du Canad

Cheers to our volunteers! You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t seen Team Orange around the province all week. From keeping score to fixing issues to getting snacks, the 6,000 Canada Games volunteers are doing everything under the sun to make sure these Games go off without a hitch and that you enjoy every darn minute of it.

Niibin at Shaw Park

You may have seen Niibin, the 2017 Canada Games Mascot, out and about at community events, dancing at press conferences or even devouring a plate of cupcakes on his first birthday, but have you ever wondered who is Niibin?  Lucky for you, we interviewed the beloved magical creature.


And just like that, it was time to say aurevoir to our week one athletes. Hello turnaround day!

Rayannah at the Festival

See ya British Columbia, hello Saskatchewan!

Softball week two

With the first week of competitions coming to a close, week two promises to be just as thrilling and action-packed. New sports, new athletes, new volunteers but the same amazing Canada Games atmosphere!


So, in case you don’t know yet, the competitions are on a bit of a break. It’s Turnaround Day, which means we have to say goodbye to many athletes (we’re going to miss you!!!) and hello to a whole bunch more. But we wouldn’t leave you hanging with nothing to do.

Gold medal

Last day? Noooo! Medals were given and records were broken, you’ll be missed week one.

Canada Games

Looking for something to do for the long weekend ? Look no further then the Canada Games ...

Volunteers at the Games

On Day 6 we sprinted into action. Quebec scored a Gold in Women’s Soccer, Baseball was striking on all cylinders at Shaw Park, Rowing was gliding its way into Kenora’s heart, and two sprinters stole the show at Athletics.

Canada Games 2017 Winnipeg

And why should they be calm? The Games brings out the loud and proud in all of us. 

Proud Mom Canada Games

For parents, watching your child compete brings a roller coaster of emotions. Nervousness, stress, excitement, concern, actually, you can pretty much add all the emotions to the list. But the biggest one is always Pride. Pride in seeing what your kid can accomplish and how they’re doing it on their own.

Sailing at the Canada Games

Guys, week one of the Canada Games is coming to a close and things are getting serious. Your Friday is going to be crazy because many competitions are ending.

Cheering at Pan Am Pool

Their competition may be over, but their team spirit is never ending! The stands of Pan Am Pool were filled with athletes who were not afraid to be loud and proud as they cheered on the divers who were competing in the 10 meter preliminaries.

Volunteer Canada Games

The athletes of the Canada Summer Games have shown nothing short of fierce athleticism, but our volunteers are not far behind with their friendly hospitality and staggering enthusiasm. Meet Tammy Chwaiewsky: a volunteer who brings her A game anywhere she goes, and who may be just as excited for the games as the athletes, if not even more than them.

Pin Trading

Although the Forks site may not be an official venue for any of the 2017 Canada Games sports, it’s a major hub of the “unofficial sport” of the 2017 Canada Summer Games - Pin trading!

Canada games

On Day 5 we dove in early at Diving, bounced over to Basketball, went hard at Softball, scored at Soccer, and hit the Beach before dancing the night away at the Festival. Doesn’t that sound like a wonderful day? It was! Here’s how good it looked… 


A few days into the Canada Games and some competitions are already in their final stretch and the games are getting intense. This is usually the time when questions start racing through your mind..


For most parents, watching their kids compete in a multi-sport event such as the Canada Games is a dream come true, but what about watching it from 4000 kilometers away on a TV screen? “It’s great to see!”

Fans Canada Games Winnipeg

Wondering what’s behind the amazing athletes competing at the 2017 Canada Summer Games? A whole lot of love and support from their families! Find out who we met today while out enjoying a game of soccer at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.

Day 4 Soccer Canada Games Winnipeg

Teamwork makes the dream work! On Day 4 we saw the sun continue to shine upon all our shining athletes. From Athletics to Beach Volleyball to Soccer to Mountain Bike, here’s how the day unfolded…


Hear that? It’s the thrilling sound of competition mixed with exciting cultural showcases and artistic performances. It’s the best of all things Canada Games in one friendly province. With a little help from a few songs, here’s where you need to find yourself today…

Beach Volleyball Canada Games

The warm Manitoba sun beats down upon the sandy fields at Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex, a superb parallel for this year’s slogan for the Canada Games, The Hottest Summer in Half a Century!

Mountain Biking

Mountain bike racers took to the Bison Butte Mountain Bike course today to compete in the relay event, but how do the athletes pass off to another team member on two wheels? Great question.

Heart of the country Winnipeg Canada Games

We were promised the Hottest Summer in Half a Century, and we were not disappointed. Not only have the Canada Games started off with competitive spirit and energy, but local residents have equally stepped up their game in exuding warmth and hospitality to visitors from afar.

Canada games

The heat wave continues! On Day 3 we saw the sun beat down on some intense action. Athletics, Diving, Triathlon and Rowing all began while Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Beach Volleyball and Sailing kept gliding along. Here’s what the day looked like…

Pole Vault

Hello August, nice of you to join us at the Games. As the stakes begin to rise, so does the level of play and the passion of fans from all across the country. Here’s where you need to find yourself today…

Oreo the Pomeranian, an athletes' village therapy dog

During the Games, athletes can relax at the athletes' village with the help of the St. John’s Ambulance therapy dogs.

Quebec night Canada Games

The Canada Games Festival presents FREE activities and concerts every evening from July 29 to August 12, at the Forks. After Saturday's launch spotlighting Ontario, it was Quebec's turn on Sunday, with a not-to-be-missed outdoor music extravaganza!

Abbott twins Beach Volleyball Canada Games

Winnipeggers and Manitobans alike did not let the spike in temperature keep them from coming out to support the home team during the initial matches of Women’s Beach Volleyball. From parasols to a visit to the Beer Gardens, spectators managed to keep cool and show the competition that they are Manitoba Strong.

mountain bike, canada games

Day two was a scorcher! Not only in temperature, but in fierce competition.  Mountain Biking, Sailing and Beach Volleyball all started and the Canada Games is now in full force! Here’s the day in photos...

Rowing at Rabbit Lake

The games are here for a good time, not a long time, so you don’t want to miss a minute! Get your tickets before it’s too late.

Basketball 30 juillet

When Team Saskatchewan scores a point, Shirley Laprise, proudly waves her flag as high as possible. ‘This is exciting’, she says with a beaming smile.

Mountain Bike competitions

The games are here for a good time, not a long time, so you don’t want to miss a minute! Get your tickets before it’s too late.


First day of competition marked an exciting day! The women's soccer teams had their head in the game during the opening matches as Team Newfoundland took on Team British Columbia. 

Niibin and young person

Before you dive in to your two-week extravaganza of athleticism, ferocity, and fun, here are six tips to get you prepared!

Softball Family

The sun was certainly shining on the fields at John Blumberg Softball Complex yesterday, as the men’s softball teams kicked off the Canada Games with their first match of the week. The first game saw Nova Scotia win against Prince Edward Island with a 6 to 2 victory.


Let the games begin!

The games are here for a good time, not a long time, so you don’t want to miss a minute! Get your tickets before it’s too late.

Ceremony to kick off the Games

As the clock counts down the final hours until the beginning of the 2017 Canada Summer Games today marks the culmination of four years of planning. It is also a day of celebration for those who have been involved since the very beginning.

Participants in the Canada Games torch relay cross Esplanade Riel

By Jared Zipman

The 2017 Canada Games torch has been lit in the city, ladies and gentlemen. On Wednesday, July 25 2017, at 9:30 in the morning, Winnipeg’s one and only Dancin’ Gabe represented the city as the first relay runner heading out of downtown’s Memorial Park.

The Common at The Forks Market

Winnipeg is a great multicultural city. From Middle-Eastern to Italian, Japanese and other Asian-inspired restaurants, to Brazilian and Chilean dining, we have some great eats to satisfy any craving.

Young person in the park

If you are visiting Winnipeg to attend the Canada Summer Games with the whole family, you’ll want to keep the little ones busy! Here are 10 fun things to do with the kids while you wait for the next competition in your schedule.

WPG Torch Relay

The torch is on its way. Since the official lighting on June 6 in Ottawa, the torch has traveled through 10 rural communities as part of the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay and will make its final stop in Winnipeg on July 26.

Torch in Brandon

The excitement of the 2017 Canada Summer Games will heat up Brandon on July 20 when the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay and the Roly McLenahan Torch pass through the city.

Sagkeeng Torch Relay

On July 14, the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay and the Roly McLenahan Torch will pass through Sagkeeng First Nation and Great Falls bringing the excitement of the Games to north-eastern Manitoba.

SLFC Opening

Canada Games Sport for Life Centre Ready to Host 2017 Canada Summer Games

Coach Amy

This summer a total of 20 women and 10 Indigenous coaches from across Canada will participate in the 2017 Canada Games as part of the Canada Games Apprenticeship Program.

Dauphin torch

On July 11, the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay will bring the excitement of the 2017 Canada Summer Games through Dauphin with the Roly McLenahan torch.

Games Gear Fridays

The 2017 Canada Summer Games retail store is now officially open at The Forks!

MB Hydro

On Monday, July 10, the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay for the Canada Summer Games will pass through The Pas/Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN).

Torch Relay in Thompson

On July 6, the Manitoba Torch Relay will bring the Roly McLenahan torch through Thompson, the “Hub of the North.”

Gillam Torch Relay

On July 1, the excitement of the 2017 Canada Summer Games will be carried through Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation with the Roly McLenahan torch for the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay.

Opening Ceremony at Bell MTS Place

With less than 30 days until the start of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Opening Ceremony at Bell MTS Place, the time to get your tickets is now! Seats in the lower bowl are filling up fast but no need to worry if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet. In order to meet increased demand, we’ve opened up a section of the upper bowl and tickets are available on Ticketmaster for only $39.


On June 29th, the Canada Summer Games Torch Relay will pass through the vibrant community of Morden. Located in the rolling hills of the Pembina Valley of Southern Manitoba, Morden is known for its rich culture and active arts scene.


On June 24, the Roly McLenahan torch will bring the excitement of the 2017 Canada Summer Games to Kenora, the small city situated on the picturesque Lake of the Woods in Northwestern Ontario.


The Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay kicks off on June 23rd in, Steinbach, Manitoba’s 3rd largest city.


As Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers from the Turtle Lodge, we were invited by the Canada Games Host Society to offer an Indigenous perspective to the 50th Anniversary Canada Games. We acknowledge the Canada Games Host Society for taking a leadership role in respecting territorial and cultural protocols when holding an event on our territory.

UofM announcement

The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society and Co-Hosts today announced they have signed an agreement with the University of Manitoba, making Winnipeg’s largest post-secondary campus a key venue of the 2017 Games.

Gimli Destination

As you walk along the Gimli shoreline, it’s hard to tell whether you’re in the prairies or walking along the ocean coastline. Lake Winnipeg stretches 30 kilometers into the distance and on a hot summer day, the beach is crowded with thousands of visitors, and cottagers who call Gimli their summer home.

Tracy Bowman

By Tracy Bowman

I am REALLY excited about the upcoming Canada Summer Games that Winnipeg, Gimli and Kenora will play host to from July 28 to August 13! I hope you are too.

festival thumb

With 50 days to the first day of competition, the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society and Co-hosts gave the public a taste of the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Canada Games Festival

Torch lighting in ottawa

Today, in keeping with a Canadian tradition, the Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch was lit on Parliament Hill from the Centennial Flame, signaling the start of the 2017 Canada Summer Games’ Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay.

Sami Jo Small

When Canada’s top young athletes take in the torch lighting ceremony for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, their minds will be filled with dreams of owning the podium. For many, however, the Games will offer a far different experience. Athletes will have to embrace new roles and learn valuable lessons from competing on a national stage.

Southwood Golf and Country Club

Southwood Golf & Country Club is busy preparing to be a host venue for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. The club has been readying the course, facilities, and staff for this world-class event. Things like security, transportation, volunteers, and clubhouse services are already being put into place.

Flowers Games colors

With just two months to the 2017 Canada Summer Games, organizers and volunteers are calling on the community to help prepare its host cities for the arrival of 4,000 athletes and coaches, and 20,000 visitors this summer.

Shawnee canada Games

Shawnee (Turk) Scatliff was 10 when she participated in the 1967 Canada Winter Games in Quebec City for figure skating in singles and pairs. She and her mom stayed at the picturesque Château Frontenac, which overlooks the St. Lawrence River.


The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2017 Canada Summer Games will be a celebration of sport and culture, with musical stars, athletes, performers, dignitaries and a national television audience coming together to honour the heart and spirit of the Games

Niibin torch

A group of Winnipeggers received a red-carpet welcome this morning as the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society and Co-Hosts announced the torchbearers for the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay leading up to the Games.

Games Gear Fridays

The 2017 Canada Summer Games is adding a twist to casual Fridays! We’re encouraging individuals and organizations to participate in our Games Gear Fridays contest.

Sarah Brault

An Olympic triathlon consists of a 1.5km swim, followed by a 40km bike ride and 10km run. What is most striking when watching a triathlon is the grit and determination of the athletes competing in the race.

Games Gear contest launch

The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society and Co-Hosts have launched “Games Gear Fridays”, a contest encouraging citizens and businesses in Winnipeg, Gimli, and Kenora to show their Games spirit by wearing official 2017 Canada Summer Games clothing and accessories every Friday from May 5 through July 21.

M2 in Winnipeg

Provincial and Territorial team managers were in Winnipeg at the end of April to familiarize themselves with the plans and services that will be available during the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

The Mission Conference brought together approximately 40 Mission Staff delegations from across the country for a week of meetings and updates. It is a critical connection between the Host society to all of the teams, coaches, athletes and parents.

Dancing Gabe

Dancing Gabe is a name so well known in Manitoba, it’s almost synonymous with The Golden Boy perched atop the dome of the Manitoba Legislative Building.

Great West life pin

Congratulations to the winner of the Great West Life / 2017 Canada Summer Games trading pin design contest whose design titled Great-West Life shines at the Canada Summer Games was judged and chosen based on submission quality, creativity and the relevance to the spirit of the Games theme.

Earth Day

The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society and Co-Hosts have made a commitment to incorporate sustainability principles, strategies and actions into its planning and delivery activities for the Games.

Patrice Cormier

Manitoba Moose forward Patrice Cormier doesn’t hesitate when talking about how his experience playing hockey for Team New Brunswick in the 2007 Canada Winter Games in the Yukon has helped shape his career.

Northern Ambassador Program

Athletes aren’t the only ones preparing for the 50th Canada Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, this summer. A group of youth from Canada’s North are also gearing up for our country’s largest celebration of athletes, culture and sport.

Manitoba eats

Winnipeg is proud to host the Canada Summer Games, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and giving local neighbourhoods an opportunity to showcase their unique charm and popular attractions.

Eric Comrie moose

Congratulations to Canada Winter Games alumni and Manitoba Moose goaltender Eric Comrie who will hit two important milestones this evening, April 6. He is starting in net for the very first time for the Winnipeg Jets and his debut will be his 100th pro game!

Brandon Flag Relay

50 years of Canada Games is being commemorated in Brandon as part of a flag relay that is spreading the spirit of the Games throughout the nation.


Hundreds of high-level ball players will fight for gold in Winnipeg this summer, and that has local baseball experts excited about the chance the city now has to show off three of its finest baseball diamonds.

Torch Relay

The Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay will be carrying the excitement of the Games to different locations around Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario this summer.

Duckworth Centre venue

30-year-old gymnasium gets makeover for 2017 Canada Summer Games


Bonne journée internationale de la Francophonie!

La Société hôtesse des Jeux d’été du Canada 2017 est fière de démontrer son attachement à la langue française en cette Journée internationale de la Francophonie !

JP Perron

Thirty years after participating, Payworks President JP Perron still relies on virtues learned from the Canada Summer Games.

Desiree Scott

It’s a long way from Winnipeg to the World Cup and the Olympics, but Desiree Scott made the journey.

Volunteer Fair

For those who wish to get even closer to the action this summer, from village operations to event servicesmedia and communications, and transportation to name a few, we have

Niibin and the route

The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society and Co-Hosts announced the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay route and the torchbearer selection process.

Donna-Rae Gabbs

International Women's Day (today, March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.  This year’s theme is Be Bold for Change.

In recognition of IWD we are sharing the story of a Manitoba field hockey pioneer who competed in the very first Canada Summer Games held in 1969.

By Dave Baxter


For Victoria Tachinski, a three-sport athlete and multiple Canadian youth record holder in athletics, an active life is a way of life and part of her preparations for the 2017 Canada Summer Games


The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society and Co-Hosts today welcomed local agriculture and power sports dealer Enns Brothers Ltd. as the Official Equipment Supplier.


All ticket packages, individual sport passes, medal competition, and Opening and Closing Ceremonies tickets for the 2017 Canada Summer Games are now on sale through Ticketmaster.
“It is an honour to host a sporting event that celebrates the country’s youth, diversity and multiculturalism,” said Mariette Mulaire, Co-Chair of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society.  “We invite everyone to join us for The Hottest Summer in Half a Century by purchasing their tickets for what will be a once in a lifetime experience.”


Day dreaming of summer warmth and fun? We can help!

Doreen Botterill

Though it has been nearly 50 years since Doreen Botterill originally received her Bison adorned jacket, she still remembers how honoured she felt on that day back in 1967.

press release

The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society and Co-Hosts are celebrating 50 years of the Canada Games, a bi-annual sporting and cultural event that has united Canadians and left a legacy of sport facilities, community pride and exceptional athletes.


The 2017 Canada Summer Games is seeking volunteer performers with a background in dance and movement of all levels.

Niibin Valentine

Two friendly faces who share a love of sport and community and most importantly, each other, will be welcoming athletes and coaches to Winnipeg this summer.

Patrick Roberge

Anyone who’s watched a live sporting event can agree on the thrill and magic that fills a stadium when the team walks onto the field. Now multiply that feeling by 2000, the number of athletes that will participate in the 2017 Canada Summer Games being held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For some of these athletes, they have reached the pinnacle of their sporting career. That in itself is a huge achievement. For others, the Games are a stepping stone to world championships and being able to compete in the Games brings those championships just that little bit closer.


The 2017 Canada Games is recruiting a team of 6,000 amazing volunteers and we need you!


This summer, Winnipeg will host the country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes, featuring 16 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival. It’s going to be the hottest summer in half a century, but how long must we wait until the sun comes out?

Margaux Miller

Margaux Miller has never competed in a Canada Games, but she knows exactly how much dedication it takes for an athlete to perform at such a high level.


Save up to $50 when you buy your tickets for the 2017 Canada Summer Games before February 28, 2017!


Physical activity makes kids healthier and happier, yet it’s estimated that only nine per cent of Canadian kids aged five to 17 get the recommended minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity per day.


It’s officially 2017 – the year Winnipeg will host the Hottest Summer in Half a Century! As the countdown continues, we look forward to the many exciting announcements and events that will get us ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games


It’s been a busy year for the 2017 Canada Summer Games staff and volunteers. As we look forward to 2017 and prepare to host The Hottest Summer in Half a Century, we look back and remember in 2016 we:


By Lauren Parsons

Playing in Canada’s largest multi-sport event helped NHLer take pride in something bigger than himself

Activity Challenge

The Canada Games are turning 50 this year so they created a free program to inspire dreams and build champions in playgrounds and classrooms across Canada. In order to participate in sports, develop confidence and do well in school, kids need fundamental movement skills, and teachers are the coaches who can help them get to greatness!


Getting gifts for the holidays? Warm up to the season with tickets for and official Games Gear from The Hottest Summer in Half a Century.

Dan Vandal

By L. Nadine De Lisle

Boxing and the Canada Games changed his life says MP Dan Vandal

In the living room of the St. Boniface home he shared with seven siblings, young Danny sits transfixed.


We’re recruiting a team of 6,000 amazing volunteers! Will you be one of them? Sign up to volunteer on or before December 15, 2016 and your name will be entered in a draw to win a pair of Winnipeg Jets tickets! Already signed up? Log in to your account to ensure your profile is complete to have your name entered into the draw.


Tickets to the largest multi-sport and cultural event in the country will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, November 18 at 10AM through Ticketmaster. This is the first opportunity to secure tickets to see Canada’s best young athletes compete and be a part of the opening and closing ceremonies in Winnipeg next summer.

Sachit Mehra

Volunteering for major events is nothing new for Sachit Mehra, so when the opportunity to be a volunteer spokesperson for the 2017 Canada Summer Games presented itself, the decision was easy.


No matter what level an athlete competes at, they know hard work and the support of family, friends and the community is an integral part of their success.

The same can be said for any city hosting a major event because it takes the dedication of volunteers working tirelessly to ensure the event is successful.


Desiree Scott highlighted her Canada Games experience, shared fond memories and showed off her soccer skills at a reception held this morning to announce three new sponsors of the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

“My fondest memories of the Canada Games are meeting people from across the country who were as passionate as I was, hanging out in the athlete village and being a part of the ceremonies. I can’t wait for Winnipeg to host in 2017 and I am excited for the athletes and the memories they’ll create and take home with them,” said Scott, an alumna of the 2005 Canada Summer Games.


After spending years volunteering in support of her kids’ numerous activities, 2017 Canada Summer Games spokesperson Michelle Pereira decided it was time to do something a little different.

Daniel Lussier

It’s not often that an event like the 2017 Canada Summer Games comes to Winnipeg, and to make it successful organizers will need to rely on a number of volunteers to step forward.

Torch Unveil

The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society is pleased to announce several new sponsors, including Official Sponsor Manitoba Hydro. The Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay will journey through Manitoba in Summer 2017, making a number of stops at local community celebrations.

Alyssa Reid

As a former Canada Games participant, Alyssa Reid knows first hand how important volunteers are to an event of this size.

Reid, one of the 10 volunteer spokespeople helping to recruit volunteers for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, represented Team Manitoba in Short Track Speed Skating at the 1995 Canada Winter Games in Grand Prairie, Alberta.

Kelsie Duplin Volunteer

In just under a year, over 4,000 athletes will arrive in Winnipeg and its surrounding areas for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, and they’ll be met by a team of volunteers to help them on their quest for gold.

It will take the work of approximately 6,000 volunteers to help run the games. Volunteer sign up officially began on September 6, but a few individuals have already been giving their time to the event.

Birds Hill Provincial Park

Birds Hill Provincial Park is the official venue for the cycling, triathlon and open water swimming competitions at next year’s 2017 Canada Summer Games. The Park is located just a short drive from Winnipeg.

With approximately 30km of walking trails and over 7km of paved bicycle trails, it is no surprise that hiking and cycling are two of the most popular activities on visitors’ to-do lists. Visitors can also spend their day swimming in the man-made lake or enjoying the warm Manitoban sunshine on the beach’s sandy shore.


The Gimli Yacht Club is the official venue for the 2017 Canada Summer Games sailing competitions. The club sits right in the heart of Gimli on 1 Avenue overlooking Lake Winnipeg. In front of the club is the marina and Gimli Seawall Gallery - a long stretch of concrete wall coloured with 72 different mural paintings. Inside the club are spaces to host community gatherings as well as a separate space for sailing school.

Laryssa Sawchuk

The Hottest Summer in Half a Century is coming to Winnipeg in 2017, but before the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games kicks off, a team of volunteers is being assembled to ensure everything is in order.

Mountain Bike

Today, the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society announced a major legacy project at Fort WhyteAlive. Bison Butte Mountain Bike Course will be the first mountain bike venue to meet national standards in central Canada.

FortWhyte Alive

Winnipeg's 640-acre wild oasis features five lakes, seven kilometres of self-guiding forest trails, and natural adventure for everyone! Canoe and rowboat rentals are available for paddling and fishing for pike, walleye and trout on FortWhyte's scenic lakes. FortWhyte Alive is home to an abundance of wildlife including waterfowl, whitetail deer, and muskrats.


Katie is a Sprint Canoe/Kayak athlete from Mississauga, Ontario. She is 20 years old and currently studying Kinesiology at Dalhousie University and a member of the Canadian Canoe/Kayak Team.


Today the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society announced a major legacy project at the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex. The newly created Sargent Park Beach Volleyball Centre will be the official beach volleyball venue for the 2017 Games.



Last night at The Forks more than 2,000 people came to be a part of the official Countdown to the Games: One Year To Go celebration. One year from today, Winnipeg will be buzzing as 4,000 athletes and coaches and 20,000 visitors begin their first day at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Ace Burpee kept the energy up as the evening’s host, with DJ Mama Cutsworth mixed her music to open the celebration before Leonard Sumner, Kelly Bado, and JP Hoe took turns performing on stage.


The 2017 Canada Summer Games Countdown to the Games: One Year To Go event is just a week away and we have some of Manitoba’s most talented artists performing live to kick off the countdown to THE HOTTEST SUMMER IN HALF A CENTURY!

The Clock is Ticking July 28: One Year To Go | Le 28 juillet, le temps file À UN AN DES JEUX

The 2017 Canada Summer Games Countdown to the Games: One Year To Go is the official countdown celebration, and will take place at The Forks Market Plaza from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 28. Did we mention it’s free?

July Festivals in Manitoba | Festivals de juillet au Manitoba

What’s one of our favourite things about summer in Manitoba? The festivals of course! Drop by the Travel Manitoba Visitor Information Centre at The Forks from July 8 to 12 as they showcase some of the best festivals in July.

Happy 149th Birthday, Canada! | Joyeuse 149e Fête du Canada!

With Canada’s 149th birthday just around the corner, it’s time for Manitoba to gather and celebrate!

Sponsorship announcement | Annonce de commanditaires

The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society is pleased to announce several sponsors, including Signature Sponsor, Investors Group. Today’s announcement brings the 2017 Games’ total of confirmed sponsorship to in excess of 75 percent of the overall goal of $8.7 million.

Kieran Moolchan

Both a competitive and chill person, Kieran is always striving for mastery in whatever he attempts to do. An alumnus of the 2009 Canada Summer Games and gold medalist in the 110m hurdles at Canadian Junior Nationals, Kieran currently works at SkipTheDishes, working to make sure restaurants can get more extra orders with marketing materials and a great web presence.

Countdown to the 2017 Games: One Year To Go Celebration | Compte à rebours des Jeux 2017 : célébration À UN AN DES JEUX

Entertainment lineup and sponsorship announcement for the 2017 Canada Summer Games One Year To Go event

Great-West Life, The Winnipeg Foundation,et Quick Transfer annoncent leur appui aux Jeux 2017.

Great-West Life, The Winnipeg Foundation, and Quick Transfer announce support for the 2017 Games

Niibin - the 2017 Canada Summer Games Mascot

Over the month of May, students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 from across Manitoba and Kenora, Ontario submitted some great names for the 2017 Canada Summer Games Mascot as part of the Mascot Naming Challenge. A committee of Host Society staff and volunteers narrowed it down to three finalists, and over 1,000 people from across the world voted for their favourite to determine the winner.

Meet Niibin - The 2017 Canada Summer Games Mascot!

The winning name was submitted by Grade 3 student Taylor Schepp, from Winnipeg, MB

WINNIPEG (June 9, 2016) – Niibin (NEE-BIN) has been chosen as the name of the 2017 Canada Summer Games’ mascot. Niibin is a magical creature, created by the summer heat who loves to dance, play sports, and head off on adventures. The name Niibin was submitted by Grade 3 student Taylor Schepp from St. Emile Cathloic School in Winnipeg.

Mission chefs Conference Winnipeg

Last week Chefs de Mission and Assistant Chefs de Mission from across the country gathered in Winnipeg for the M1 conference. Over the course of the week they toured sport and medical venues, athletes’ villages, and got to experience uniquely Winnipeg landmarks and delicacies (including Jeanne’s cake, of course!)

Get to know a little bit more about what some of the provincial and territorial team leaders love about the Canada Games and what they are most looking forward to in 2017.

Tyla Flexman, Canada Games Alumni

The 2017 Canada Summer Games will celebrate the Games' 50th anniversary by bringing Canadians together and celebrating the thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers who’ve been a part of the previous 25 editions.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games, we’ve reached out to Games alumni to share their experiences.

2017 Canada Summer Games Major Sponsorship Announcement | Annonce majeure de commanditaires des Jeux d’été du Canada 2017

The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society is pleased to announce several sponsors, including Premier Sponsor, James Richardson & Sons, Limited and Affiliated Companies.

Les produits dérivés des Jeux de 2017

2017 Canada Summer Games t-shirts, hoodies, polos, and shorts are now available in-store and online.

Winnipeg Feature: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in one word? "Wow!"
Angela Cassie, the museum's Vice-President of Public Affairs and Programs, took us on a tour of the first and only museum in the world dedicated to helping people understand, celebrate, and promote human rights through a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Shelby.Newkirk, Canada Games Alumni

Shelby Newkirk has been swimming for four years and has fallen in love with the sport, coaching a junior para swimming team while going to school full time and competing at the national/international level, most recently competed at Can-Am Championships in Bismarck ND, where Newkirk took home Gold in the 50m Backstroke.

Camryn Roadley, 2017 Canada Games, Golf Manitoba, Female Golf

Camryn Roadley calls herself an introverted person, but her titles show her confidence when it comes to golf.

Nikki Cornwall

Hailing from Coquitlam, BC, Nikki Cornwall plays volleyball for the Trinity Western University Spartans. She was the starting setter when they won their first CanWest and CIS National Championship last year in 2015, and was also named MVP of the tournament.

Canada Games Alumni Brittany Hudack

Born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Brittany is the first para athlete to race in the able-bodied relay at the Canada Games in 2015.

Janet McMahon 2017 Canada Summer Games

Janet McMahon has worked in sport for the past 25 years. Most recently the Director of Sport at Sport Manitoba, she was also the Sport Operations Manager for the 1999 Pan Am Games, Team Manitoba’s Chef de Mission in 1997 and 1995, and she participated in her first Canada Games as mission staff for the 1987 Games in Saskatoon. “Sport is an even bigger part of my life than even I realize sometimes.”

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe - Canada Games Alumni

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe is a Canadian sprint canoer from Trois-Rivières, Quebec. She has won gold in the C-1 200 m event at the 2011, 2013, and 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.

Celebrate Women in Sport

On March 8, 2016 for International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating all women – especially our women in sport! The number of women and girls participating in physical activity, recreational sports and elite competitions has increased rapidly over the last few decades. Considering there were no women who participated in the first Olympic Games in 1896 – women have come a long way! Following the Year of Sport in Canada in 2015, we can recognize the achievements of women who dominated as athletes, coaches, and sport leaders.

Canada Summer Games Alumni Chris Voth

I'm a professional volleyball player, now living in The Netherlands. I also play for Team Canada's indoor volleyball team. Recently, I came out as the first active openly gay male national athlete from Canada.

Media Campaign - General Awareness

Manitobans will be seeing and hearing a lot more about the 2017 Canada Summer Games as of this week.


We can’t help but get caught up in the joie de vivre that builds in Winnipeg in February. Our French Quarter booms with the sound of fiddles, spoons, and “hého”!

2017 Canada Summer Games Co-Chairs Hubert Mesman & Mariette Mulaire

Meet the Co-chairs of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society: Mariette Mulaire and Hubert Mesman.

Flashback Friday: 50 years of Canada Games

#TBT to 50 years of the Canada Games. The Canada Games were first held in 1967 in Quebec City as part of our country’s Centennial celebrations. These Games paved the way to what is now Canada's largest multi-sport competition for young athletes. Check out the evolution of styles sported by our athletes in this collection of photos from 1971 - 2001.

Welcome to Winnipeg - Home of the 2017 Canada Summer Games!

This week, we installed temporary overlays on all ten Welcome to Winnipeg signs to extend a warm welcome to our city’s visitors. 

The signs show the dates of the 2017 Canada Summer Games that will take place in Winnipeg from July 28, 2017 – August 13, 2017.  Check out the new signs on your commute. They’re installed at each of our city’s entrance points: 

2017 Canada Games, Canada Games Alumni

In 2017, Winnipeg will host the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games and we’ll feature Games alumni to celebrate. The Canada Games bring together this country’s most outstanding young athletes. Whether you participated as a coach, athlete, or an official in any edition of the Games, we want to hear your story, so you can be a part of ours. 

Time Out with Team Toba's Barry & Marcie

Barry Moroz and Marcie Halls-Stronciski are stepping into new roles this year as Chef de Mission and Assistant Chef de Mission for Team Manitoba. 

All wrapped up - holiday update

Lending a helping hand: Winnipeg Harvest 

This season, the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society partnered with Winnipeg Harvest to collect nonperishable food items for Manitoba’s social agencies. 

Our team rallied through the month and collected over 110lbs pounds of food – way to go team!

Canada Games Staff, Winnipeg Harvest, Holiday Cheer

2017 Canada Summer Games Merchandise Winnipeg, Tea Infuser Mug, #GamesGear

You may have to wait to experience the excitement of the hottest summer in half a century, but you don't have to wait to rep official 2017 Canada Summer Games merchandise!

NEW additions to the online store include mugs and a gourmet tea infuser.

Jeff Hnatiuk, Canada Summer Games 2017

We sat down with Jeff Hnatiuk to find out more about his goals and dreams for these Games, his plans for the next few months, and the things he’s most looking forward to in 2017.

Susan Auch

Susan Auch helped put Canada on the map as a powerhouse in speed skating, representing Canada at the 1988, 1992, 1994, and 1998 Olympics. Auch won bronze as part of the 3000m relay team at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, and individual silver medals in the 500m at both the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer and 1998 Olympics in Nagano. Now a member of the board of Speed Skating Canada, Auch continues to make a lasting impact both in sport and in the community.

Legacy Partner | Grand partenaire

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries will be the 2017 Canada Summer Games' biggest sponsor

Nouvelle piste d’athlétisme à l’Université du Manitoba

It’s been 17 years since the last upgrade to the track at University Stadium at the University of Manitoba...

Brian McLeod

July 28, 2015, marked the two-year-out date for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. To celebrate, we welcomed the community to a media conference and launch event...

Rhiannon Leier Blacher

Rhiannon Leier Blacher has been making waves for a long time. Representing Canada from 2000 to 2004 as part of the Canadian National Swim Team, she competed at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.

Pelleté de terre

For many Manitobans, excellent training opportunities will soon be more accessible than ever before.