Special activities and initiatives — 2019 Canada Winter Games

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MNP Canada Games Torch Relay

Photo of MNP Canada Games Torch Lighting Ceremony on Parliament Hill

The Canada Games Torch was renamed the Roly McLenahan Torch in 1985, in honour of one of the original members of the Canada Games Council. He demonstrated a lifelong commitment to youth and encouraged their participation in sport.

The first-ever national MNP Canada Games Torch Relay kicked off on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario on October 4, 2018. The 2019 Canada Winter Games Torch Relay is designed to carry the excitement of the Canada Games to over 48 Canadian communities, with 26 torch relay stops and 22 celebration stops being hosted across Canada.

Following the cross-Canada tour, the torch will reach its final destination in the host city of Red Deer, Alberta. The torch will then be used to light the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games on February 15, 2019.

Opening Ceremony

The 2019 Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 18:30 MST at the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta. The ceremony will celebrate dynamic, memorable moments, which will be weaved into a variety show that not only welcomes the athletes but also celebrates the community. Each segment of the show captures a moment that celebrates the values of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. What an exciting way to set the tone for two weeks of competition and cultural celebration!

Closing Ceremony

The 2019 Canada Winter Games Closing Ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 18:30 MST at the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta. This bold, unique show will mark the end of the 27th Canada Games, celebrate the accomplishments of the athletes and the culture of Alberta, and pass the torch to the 2021 Canada Summer Games which will be held in the Niagara Region of Ontario. This high energy show will be packed with inspirational moments, grand musical performances and athlete interaction. The athletes will be given a spectacular send-off from Red Deer.

52° North Music and Cultural Festival

Experience some of Canada’s best arts and entertainment as part of the 2019 Games’ 52° North Music and Cultural Festival presented by ATB and ATCO at the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza.
This free non-ticketed festival includes more than 80 acts performing over 10 days between February 16 and March 1, 2019. There will be something for everyone as the talent and diversity of Canada’s finest performers are showcased. 52° North also features local artisans, food vendors and sponsor-led activities.

Mascot

Waskasoo (mascot)

Meet Waskasoo. His name comes from the Cree name for what is now known as the Red Deer River. What makes Waskasoo stand out is his personality. He is super enthusiastic! Waskasoo is always ready to cheer, dance and get others excited. You will see Waskasoo leading people in activities wherever he goes. This deer is full of energy and can’t wait for the Games to begin.

Catch the Spirit education program

Help your students Catch the Spirit of the Canada Games – the largest multisport and cultural event for youth in the nation!

Designed for teachers by teachers, Catch the Spirit is an elementary school curriculum for students from kindergarten to grade eight using five overarching themes:

This newly revamped program may be integrated into classrooms by educators and used as a tool to inspire children about the Canada Games movement and build awareness for the benefits of physical activity and sport. The program also acts as an inspiration for classrooms and schools to create their own mini Canada Games.

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