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Greater Vernon to host BC Winter Games in March 2023

March 01, 2022

The BC Games Society and the Greater Vernon 2022 BC Winter Games Society ahave announced 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