The first Canada Games were held in Québec City, from February 11 to 19, 1967, on the occasion of Canada’s centennial celebrations. Since that time, alternating every two years between the Winter Games and the Summer Games, these competitions have brought together nearly 100,000 young Canadian athletes from various disciplines. They have been a springboard for many future sports stars, including Bob Gainey, Shirley and Sharon Firth, Annie Pelletier, Bruny Surin, Clara Hughes, Brian Orser, Hailey Wickenheiser, Maryse Turcotte and Steve Nash. They have also provided 24 host communities with facilities that have become gathering centres for regional and provincial sports and recreational activities.
These photos come from the fonds of the Fitness and Amateur Sport Directorate documenting the first six Canada Games, held from 1967 to 1977.