Arctic Winter Games

About The Games

The Arctic Winter Games is an international sport festival bringing together athletes from the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, Alaska, Greenland, Russia, Nunavik, Northern Alberta and the indigenous people (Sami) of Norway and Finland.

Team Alberta North

The concept of the Arctic Winter Games was developed as a direct result of the experiences of Northern athletes at the 1967 Canada Winter Games.

Representatives of the Yukon and Northwest Territories realized that their teams were at disadvantage due to relatively small athletic pools, lack of facilities and infrequent training opportunities. Therefore, the concept of an event specifically designed for northern athletes was born.

The first Games were staged in 1970 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and have taken place every two years since, alternating among participating jurisdictions. Team Alberta North joined the Arctic Winter Games in 1986, and we hosted for the first time 1994 in Slave Lake.


Team Alberta North: 2016

Team Albera North headed to Nuuk, Greenland for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games March 5-12, 2016.


Interested in participating in the 2020 Arctic Winter Games as an athlete?  Each Provincial Sport Organization identifies one person that lives North of the 55th parallel to act as a Sport Coordinator that oversees team selection.  See the list below to find out who to contact if you would like to participate!

Sport Sport Coordinator Sport Email  Team Size
Alpine Skiing Ms. Wendy Nairn Alpine Skiing 12
Arctic Sports Mr. Tim Horsman Arctic Sports 18
Badminton Ms. Kathie Harrop Badminton 10
Biathlon- Ski Mr. Michael Morgan Biathlon 6
Cross Country Mr. Grant Bouree Cross Country 15
Culture Ms. Barb Mah Culture 5
Curling Mr. Dan Kleinschroth Curling 10
Dene Games Mr. Eoghan Curran Dene Games 18
Figure Skating Ms. Adele Bonetti Figure Skating 10
Gymnastics Ms. Katie Watson Gymnastics 5
Hockey Mr. David Brown Hockey 38
Indoor Soccer Mr. Chris Spaidal Indoor Soccer 20
Snowboarding Beryl Larson Snowboarding 10
Snowshoeing Mr. Sean McConnell Snowboarding 10
Speed Skating Ms. Jamie Schoorlemmer Speed Skating 10
Male Volleyball Mr. Leigh Goldie Volleyball 11
Wrestling Mr. Robert Thomson Wrestling 780-841-9182 14



 Results and Participation

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Team Alberta North Past Results

Thousands of athletes, coaches and managers have been members of Team Alberta North








 For more information, contact:

Jerry George
Team Alberta North, Chef de Mission
Alberta Sport Connection
500 HSBC Building
10055 106 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1G3
Phone: 780-415-9714
Fax: 780-415-0308