Québec - The Canada Games are set to reach new heights with the addition of freestyle skiing and sport climbing to the official sport program for the Québec 2027 Canada Winter Games.
The 2027 Host Society has tapped freestyle skiing and sport climbing as the Host Choice sports for the Games. This marks the Canada Games debut for sport climbing, while freestyle skiing has been on the winter program since 1995.
With the Host Choice selections now complete, the following sports and disciplines have been selected to date for the 2027 Canada Winter Games:
- Alpine Skiing and Para Alpine Skiing
- Artistic Gymnastics
- Cross Country Skiing and Para Nordic Skiing
- Curling (Four-Person Team and Mixed Doubles)
- Figure Skating and Special Olympics Figure Skating
- Freestyle Skiing
- Speed Skating (Short Track and Long Track)
- Sport Climbing
- Table Tennis
- Wheelchair Basketball
The third and final phase of the Canada Games sport selection process will unfold in the winter of 2024. The Canada Games Council (CGC) Sport and Games Committee, in consultation with the 2027 Host Society, will select the final sport(s) based on the remaining participant quota to complete the sport program for the 2027 Canada Winter Games.
For the initial selection, the CGC Sport and Games Committee adhered to a transparent and objective sport selection process in which it analyzed all sports and disciplines that wished to be included in the 2027 Canada Winter Games. The total number of sports/disciplines selected for the Games are based on a participant quota that each Games must follow.
The 2027 Canada Winter Games will take place from February 26 to March 15, 2027 in Québec, marking a return to the birthplace of the Canada Games 60 years after the inaugural event held in 1967.
"We are pleased to welcome freestyle skiing and sport climbing to the Canada Games program for 2027, and we extend our thanks to the 2027 Canada Winter Games Host Committee for their thoughtful consideration and ongoing collaboration throughout the sport selection process. The CGC looks forward to working alongside the Host Society, Freestyle Canada and Climbing Escalade Canada to host successful competitions at the 2027 Canada Winter Games.”
- Catherine Gosselin-Despres, Chair, CGC Sport and Games Committee
“Today's announcement is the result of a rigorous selection process, relentless teamwork and several weeks of consultation. We are truly proud of the selection of freestyle skiing and sport climbing as optional disciplines to be presented here in 2027. Québec is unquestionably a national, if not a world centre for freestyle skiing. And what more can we say about the momentum that the 2027 Canada Winter Games will give to climbing, a sport presented for the first time as part of the event and crowned a new Olympic discipline. Once again, we can confirm that the 2027 edition of the Games promises to be a breathtaking spectacle for athletes and spectators alike!”
- Denis Servais, President of the 2027 Canada Winter Games Host Society
About the Canada Games Council
The Canada Games Council, a private, non-profit organization, is the governing body for the Canada Games. Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes. The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada’s Centennial in 1967. The Games are proud of their contribution to Canada’s sport development system, in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity. The organization of the Canada Games is made possible through the tireless dedication of local Host Societies and the contribution and support of the federal, provincial/territorial and host municipal governments.
For the Ville de Québec and the Host Society, the 2027 Canada Winter Games are part of a well-established relationship of friendship with the Huron-Wendat Nation. This major event adds to the many initiatives already in place to strengthen the ties that unite us.
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Canada Games Council
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Ville de Québec