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Greater Vernon will host the BC Winter Games in March 2023

Author: BC Games Society/Friday, February 25, 2022/Categories: Front Page, 2022 News, 2022 BC Winter Games, Winter Sports

Victoria, B.C. (February 28, 2022) – The BC Games Society and the Greater Vernon 2022 BC Winter Games Society are pleased to announce new dates for the Games, originally scheduled for this month. The Games, expected to attract up to 1,800 participants in 17 sport competitions, will now be held March 23 to 26, 2023. 

In January, organizers decided not to proceed with the 2022 BC Winter Games because of a number of factors including the COVID-19 pandemic and recent flooding and wildfires in many parts of the province. 

Staging the BC Winter Games in Greater Vernon during the spring break in March, 2023, instead of the traditional Games dates in February, will help minimize disruption to the local school district as the Games depend on strong partnerships between the sport and education sectors for sport venues and accommodation as well as the local school bus fleet for transportation. 

Hosting the BC Winter Games during the spring break also avoids an overlap with the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island set for February 18 to March 5, 2023.
Over the next year, provincial sport organizations in BC will review qualification requirements to determine if athletes who qualified for the 2022 BC Winter Games will be able to compete in 2023.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the BC Games cycle since 2020. As sport organizations continue to plan for a safe return to sport, future editions of the BC Games are currently scheduled as follows:

2022 BC Summer Games    Prince George     July 21-24, 2022 
2022 BC Winter Games       Greater Vernon    March 23-26, 2023
2024 BC Winter Games       Quesnel               February 22-25, 2024
2024 BC Summer Games    Maple Ridge        July 18-21, 2024
2026 BC Winter Games       Trail-Rossland     February 19-22, 2026
2026 BC Summer Games    Kelowna              July 23-26, 2026


The Honorable Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport:
“I know it was a profound disappointment for the athletes, coaches and for people in Greater Vernon’s sport and tourism community to not have the BC Winter Games this year,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “Moving up the BC Winter Games to next spring is another great sign that B.C. is on track for a strong recovery. For many young people the chance to participate in these Games is a lifechanging. I commend the Host Society and BC Games Society for the tireless work they have done so that these Games can take place in 2023. This is wonderful news.”

His Worship Victor Cumming, Mayor of Vernon:
“Of course, we were disappointed when the 2022 BC Winter Games could not proceed,” said Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming. “But we are pleased organizers and stakeholders have found a way to reschedule the Games in 2023. Vernon will be prepared to deliver an exceptional sport experience!”

Val Trevis, President, Greater Vernon 2022 BC Winter Games:
“Although we will now stage the Games a year later than planned, we know we will be able to provide a memorable event for all participants,” said Val Trevis, president Greater Vernon 2022 BC Winter Games Society. “We will continue to refine our plans over the next 12 months to make sure our venues and services are ready to give the best sport development opportunity for our province’s young athletes, coaches, and officials”.


Media Contacts:

Alison Noble
President and CEO
BC Games Society

Val Trevis
Greater Vernon 2022 BC Winter Games Society


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