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The 2001 Canada Games in London, Ontario

The Canada Games is a high-level multi-sport event with a National Artists Program held every two years in Canada, alternating between the Canada Winter Games and the Canada Summer Games. Athletes are strictly amateur only, and represent their province or territory. Since their inception, the Canada Games have played a prominent role in developing some of Canada's premier athletes, including Lennox Lewis, Catriona LeMay Doan, Dwayne De Rosario, Andrea Neil, Hayley Wickenheiser, Sidney Crosby, Steve Nash, Suzanne Gaudet, and David Ling.

The Games were first held in 1967 in Quebec City as part of Canada's Centennial celebrations. For the first time in Canada’s history, 1,800 athletes from 10 provinces and two territories gathered to compete in 15 sports. Under the Games motto ‘Unity through Sport’, these first Canada Winter Games paved the way to what is now Canada’s largest multi-sport competition for young athletes.

Held every two years, 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 and compete for the Canada Games Flag and Centennial Cup. 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.

The Canada Games and their lasting legacies continue to be the catalyst for the growth of sport and recreation across Canada.

Since 1967, over 75,000 athletes have participated in the Games with hundreds of thousands having engaged in try-outs and qualifying events. Over 100,000 coaches, officials and volunteers have been directly involved in the planning and staging of the Games. Cumulatively, $250 million has been invested in the Canada Games, about half of it in capital projects in the various host communities. From the Saint John Canada Games Aquatic Centre (1985) to the Hillside Stadium and Aquatic Centre in Kamloops, B.C. (1993); from the Corner Brook Canada Games Centre and Annex (1999) to the TD Waterhouse Stadium in London, Ontario (2001), a legacy of sports facilities has been built in over 16 communities across Canada.

The Canada Games, a celebration of youth, sport, culture and community, are the product of ongoing collaboration between the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, host municipalities, the private sector and the Canada Games Council. The 2009 Canada Summer Games are being hosted by the entire province of Prince Edward Island. Two years later, Halifax, Nova Scotia will host this prestigious event.

Since their inception in 1967, the Canada Games have played a prominent role in developing some of Canada’s premier athletes. The Games have acted as a stepping stone for many of Canada’s celebrated athletes, including: Toller Cranston (1967), Bob Gainey (1971), Ian Bridge (1977), Sylvie Daigle (1979), Catriona LeMay Doan (1983 and 1987), Bruny Surin (1985), Marianne Limpert, Annie Pelletier and Anne Montminy (1989), Hayley Wickenheiser and Marc Gagnon (1991), Andrea Neil (1993), Steve Nash (1993), Maryse Turcotte (1995), Alexandre Despatie (1997), Dwayne De Rosario (1997), Patrice Bernier (1997), Adam Van Koeverden (1997), Jeff Francis (2001), Kara Lang (2001), Erin McLeod (2001) Jared Connaughton (2005), and Sidney Crosby (2003).

The Canada Games Council is the governing body for the Canada Games. As the Games move from one host community to the next, the Council provides the continuity, leadership and support to Host Societies in key areas such as sport technical, organizational planning, ceremonies and protocol, marketing and sponsorship.


Host cities

The host cities have not been chosen for the games after 2013 but the provinces through 2035 have.[1]

Summer Sports

Winter Sports

List of Canada Games

For medal standings see List of Canada Games.


External links

Winter Summer
1967 Quebec City, Quebec 1969 Halifax/Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
1971 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1973 New Westminster/Burnaby, British Columbia
1975 Lethbridge, Alberta 1977 St. John's, Newfoundland
1979 Brandon, Manitoba 1981 Thunder Bay, Ontario
1983 Saguenay/Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec 1985 Saint John, New Brunswick
1987 Sydney, Nova Scotia 1989 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1991 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 1993 Kamloops, British Columbia
1995 Grande Prairie, Alberta 1997 Brandon, Manitoba
1999 Corner Brook, Newfoundland 2001 London, Ontario
2003 Bathurst/Campbellton, New Brunswick 2005 Regina, Saskatchewan
2007 Whitehorse, Yukon 2009 Charlottetown/Summerside, Prince Edward Island
2011 Halifax/Tantallon, Nova Scotia 2013 Sherbrooke, Quebec
2015 British Columbia 2017 Manitoba
2019 Alberta 2021 Newfoundland and Labrador
2023 Northwest Territories 2025 Ontario
2027 Yukon 2029 New Brunswick
2031 Prince Edward Island 2033 Nunavut
2035 Saskatchewan


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