The Years Gone By
1970 - Yellowknife, NWT: The first Arctic Winter Games were opened
by then Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau of Canada. Alaska, Yukon and Northwest
Territories had a budget of some $400,000 to stage the Games.
1972 - Whitehorse, Yukon: Starting a trend of rotating the Games
between the International Committee partners, the Games moved to the Yukon. Northern
Quebec and Greenland sent contingents of athletes while the Soviet Union and Labrador sent
1974 - Anchorage, Alaska: The Games were held in the largest city
north of 60 on the North American continent. A small contingent from Northern Quebec made
the long trip west. Greenland did not attend these Games.
1976 - Shefferville, Quebec: The host was tiny
French-speaking mining community. The size of all contingents was reduced to suit the
1978 - Hay River/Pine Point NWT: The only Games to be held in two
locations, this was also the occasion of the first and only rail passenger service in the
NWT, used to enable competitors to travel between the two communities.
1980 - Whitehorse, Yukon: The Games have matured. Organization for
these Games set the standard for future events and the cultural activities reached a new
high, featuring representatives of all International Committee partners.
1982 - Fairbanks, Alaska: Participants in these Games had a taste
of army life, when they were accommodated at the military base. Again the Games were
extremely well organized, and local enthusiasm and support was high.
1984 - Yellowknife, NWT: Opening and closing ceremonies were held
indoors for the first time in a new arena. The Alaskan contingent arrived by 747 aircraft,
the first ever to land at Yellowknife.
1986 - Whitehorse, Yukon: A small contingent from Northern
Alberta made an appearance, together with a contingent from Northern Quebec. Silhouette
shooting and the Triathlon were added to the Games roster.
1988 - Fairbanks, Alaska: Northern Alberta joined the Arctic Winter
Games International Committee and increased its team size. A laser show and a display of
Chinese ice sculpting were highlights.
1990 - Yellowknife, NWT: Greenland sent a contingent of 50, and
Russia sent a cultural delegation from Magadan Province in northeastern Siberia. Northern
Alberta increased its team size, and the Games budget grew to some $1.2 million. Following
the lead of Calgary in the 1988 Olympics, medals were presented to athletes at
1992 - Whitehorse, Yukon: Greenland sent a contingent of 50
athletes, coaches and mission staff and 10 cultural performers, and Russia sent a small
group of athletes and cultural performers, marking the first ever athletic participation
from this country. Northern Alberta increased its team size to 200. For the second time
the Games enjoyed national television coverage in Canada.
1994 - Slave Lake, Alberta: With the addition of alpine skiing,
short track speed skating and table tennis, there were more sports than ever in the Games.
Greenland, as a permanent member of the International Committee, sent its largest
contingent of 70 participants. Two Russian Provinces attended with delegations of 35 each.
1996 - Chugiak/Eagle River, Alaska: The first Games at the scenic
base of the Chugach mountains in south-central Alaska. A total of 19 sports and 1600
participants took part in these memorable Games.
1998 - Yellowknife, NWT: The last Games in the NWT before division
creates two new territories.
2000 Whitehorse, Yukon: The XVI Arctic Winter Games begins the new millennium
in Whitehorse, Yukon
2002 - The first games held outside North
America. The XVIIth Games was jointly hosted in Nuuk, Greenland and
Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada
2004 - The games move to
Northern Alberta - to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo which incldes
Fort McMurray and region.
2010 - Grande
Prairie Alberta Canada: welcomed 2000 athletes to the 21st Games. The
community provided a very memorable Games for both the athletes and the
2012 - Whitehorse, Yukon: hosted the 22nd Arctic Winter Games in
it's multi[plex that hosted quite a few sports and was the centre of
2014 - The last time the Games were held in Fairbanks was in 1988.
The citizens of Fairbanks Alaska, after 26 years went all out to host the
2014 Games. it was memorable Games for the Host Community and all our
2016 - Nuuk, Greenland: hosted 14 sports in Nuuk as well
as Ice Hockey with the help of hosting partner, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Canada. Live streaming of sports and cultural events, including
Opening and Closing Ceremonies was made available by the Host Community.
2018 - South Slave Region, NWT Canada