February 23 to March 10, 2021 ribbon Canada Winter Games 2007
New Dates! Whitehorse Canada Winter Games set to begin Feb. 23rd, 2007
2006, June 26th:

The Whitehorse 2007 Canada Winter Games announced they will be extending the Games by one day. This change will see the Games run from Feb. 23rd to Mar. 10th, opening one day earlier than previously scheduled. This extension will allow athletes more time to prepare for competition, reduce the pressure of complex sport schedules and eliminate the need for a fifth arena.

Traveling to Whitehorse will take many of our athletes the better part of a day, especially those coming from the east,” said Piers McDonald, President of the Whitehorse 2007 Canada Winter Games Host Society. “By giving athletes one day to rest before their competitions start we will level the playing field for all our competitors.”

The one day extension of the Games will change the sport schedule slightly, affecting hockey, ringette, squash and badminton. These sports will extend or shift their competition schedule, taking advantage of the extra day to start preliminary round play.

“Since we have begun the planning of this event our focus has been on the athletes,” said Karen Thomson, Vice President, 2007 Winter Games Host Society Sport Division. “This date change will ensure that athletes have the best possible competition schedules.”

The new hockey schedule means the four existing Whitehorse ice rinks will be sufficient. The Games will no longer build a temporary ice rink on the river front as they had originally planned. All hockey competitions and practices will use the Canada Games Centre, the Takhini Arena and the Stan McCowan Arena.

“We have been part of the whole process and are in full support of the decision to start the 2007 Canada Games one day early,” said Sue Hylland, President and CEO of the Canada Games Council. “It is an excellent decision from an athlete development perspective.”

This is not the first time a Games has adjusted their dates to lighten the athletes’ schedule. In 1999, Corner Brook, Newfoundland changed the timeline of their Games, choosing to open on a Saturday, one day earlier then Games had in the past.