Sunday, October 10, 2010

Northern BC's Prince George to host 2015 Canada Winter Games

Prince George, British Columbia has been named the host of the 2015 Canada Winter Games. It was announced last month by the Canada Games Council in front of the Olympic flame cauldron on Vancouver's Coal Harbour. This was only the second time the cauldron was lit since being extinguished during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games closing ceremonies.

In just over four years, Prince George will welcome Canada's best young, developing athletes to compete in 20 selected sports representing the best in their province or territory.

Other British Columbia cities vying for the venue included Kamloops and Kelowna. The selection process took 15 months.

Planning and preparations for the 2015 Canada Winter Games has already begun. Having hosted the 1973 Canada Summer Games in New Westminster and Burnaby and the 1993 Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, the 2015 Canada Games will mark the third time the Games are hosted in BC and the first time for British Columbia to host a Winter Games.

Key representatives from Prince George will attend the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halfax, Feb. 11-27.

In other chilly news, the 24th Annual Iceman Prince George is set for Feb. 13, 2010. It's part of Prince George's Snow Daze Winter Festival that runs Feb. 4-20, 2011.