Ontario Winter Games 2016 Guide

The Ontario Winter games have been held since 1970 and take place every two years. They are the largest multi-sport event in the province and feature over 3,500 athletes, coaches, managers, and major officials. There are over 25 different sporting events to take part in and they highlight young up and coming winter athletes from ages 11 to 22. The games provide development and competitive opportunities for these young athletes and help to prepare them for national and international competitions.

Ontario Winter Games Brief History

The Winter Games began in 1970 and take place every two years. They have become the province's largest multi-sport winter event. The games are designed to be a platform for the development of young amateur athletes and they provide them with the chance to gain competition experience. For some, the Ontario Winter Games are a pathway to national and international competition.

The last games were held in 2014 and there were 3,500 participants ranging from the age of 12 to 18. The games were held in the Muskoka region across either different locations. Gravenhurst was the location for the sledge hockey tournament, home to sledge hockey veteran Graeme Murrary. These games consisted of twenty three different sports over four days and included, Ringette, sledge hockey, freestyle skiing, volleyball, and wheelchair basketball.

Sports Included in the Ontario Winter Games

This Winter event is a unique and is part of a program of the Ministry of Health Promotion, delivered by the Sport Alliance of Ontario. Sports include:

  • Alpine skiing
  • Archery
  • Artistic gymnastics
  • Badminton
  • Biathlon
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Curling
  • Figure skating
  • Freestyle skiing
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Ringette
  • Shooting
  • Speed skating
  • Squash
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Wheelchair basketball

Ontario Winter Games 2016

The Ontario Winter Games for 2016 have been cancelled and will be put on hold until at least 2018 after no municipality put forward a bid to host the province's 2016 Winter Games. A new simplified bidding process has now been introduced to make it easier for municipalities to host future games which will include increased funding by over 30 per cent and extended bid timelines.

The City of Mississauga is still slated to host the 2016 Ontario Summer Games and the Town of Midland will be hosting the 2016 Ontario 55+ Games.

Ontario 55+ Winter Games

The Ontario 55+ Winter Games will be held in 2017 with approximately 1000 participants from across Ontario taking part. It will provide a unique opportunity for companies to demonstrate community support and assist in the development of active older adults in 10 different sports.

These competitive events will take place from the 21st February, 2017 through to the 23rd of February, 2017. There are ten main areas of competition with each area further broken down into specific competitive events. Sports include:

  • Alpine Skiing - ages 55+, 65+, 75+
  • Badminton - ages 55+, 65+
  • Curling
  • Duplicate Bridge
  • Ice Hockey - ages 55+, 65+
  • Nordic Skiing - ages 55+
  • Skating - ages 55+, 75+
  • Table Tennis - ages 55+, 65+
  • Ten Pin Bowling - ages 55+
  • Volleyball - ages 55+, 65+