The Canada Games celebrated its 40th anniversary at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon and it marked the first time that the Games were held north of the 60th parallel.These set of Games where also unique as it featured a Pan Northern approach with contributions from all three territories.Whitehorse played host to over 4,500 athletes, coaches, managers and officials that included future stars Steven Stamkos and Marianne St.-Gelais.When it was all said and done, Saskatchewan captured the coveted Centennial Cup as the most improved team, while Ontario recaptured the Games flag after Québec took it home in 2003.
The total economic injection into the Yukon economy was estimated at $94.8 million, and capital spending during that time was responsible for $69.1 million of that injection. This is in part due to the construction of the new Canada Games Centre, the Athletes’ Village and approximately $6 million worth of upgrades to various facilities by the Host Society.Visitor spending was estimated to be $8.7 million, with over 7,500 visitors visiting during the Games. The Whitehorse airport saw over 10,000 deplanements in both February and March of 2007. This is almost double compared with statistics from 2001-2003. Much of the visitor spending was in the hospitality industry as just about every hotel in Whitehorse was full for 16 days straight.
Male athletes: 1,329
Female athletes: 1,418
Total athletes: 2,747
Total coaches/managers: 700
Team Québec’s Marianne St.-Gelais made her presence felt in short track speed skating, capturing five medals (four gold and one silver) while breaking Canada Games records in the 500 metre, 1000 metre and 3000 metre races as well as sharing the record in the 3000 metre relay.
The Canada Games Centre is one of a kind in the North and is a world class multi-sport venue and consists of two competition ice rinks (international and NHL sized), two field houses, a 25 metre swimming pool with a leisure pool area, 300 metre running track, wellness centre, meeting facilities, and privately operated rehabilitation centre and food concession spaces. The Canada Games Centre will also serve as a long term legacy to the community.
Athletes’ Village: helped identify long term housing needs in the affordable housing market and providing much-needed family residence space for Yukon College.
Investment in Youth
The Canada Games Aboriginal Sports Trust Fund (CGASTF) has been established by the Host Society as a special program and The Aboriginal Sport Circle has been tasked with the responsibility for administering the management and the grant program for the Fund.
Regional Pride and Spirit
Improved regional bonding and cooperation among the municipalities
Improved self-esteem and bonding within each hosting community
The Host Society recruited, trained and dispatched 4,000 volunteers. Whitehorse, Yukon and indeed the North have developed a very large volunteer pool that can be dispatched for future high calibre events.
Did you know?
The 2007 Canada Winter Games marks the first time that the Canada Games were hosted in one of Canada’s territories.
The Pan North Division collaborated with Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon as well as the Host Society to showcase the North prior to and throughout the Games and raise the profile of the Canada Games Movement prior to and during the 2007 Canada Winter Games by developing projects to promote the North to the rest of Canada.
The three mascots were representative of each of the three Canadian territories.Yúka (Yukon), Taiga (Northwest Territories) and Uqila (Nunavut) are husky dogs who have distinguishing characteristics, colours and markings to identify their character and their respective territory.
The 2007 Whitehorse Canada Games logo was the first to incorporate the new Canada Games gold ring and red maple leaf logo.