Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro

Bringing together our province’s top youth athletes


Staged every two years and alternating between summer and winter sporting events, the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro is the largest ongoing multi-sport event in the province. Every two years, the Games are awarded to a Host Community that comes together to put on this multi-sport event. The Games create important legacies in new and enhanced sport facilities, volunteer, and leadership development, that build capacity and support for amateur sport across the province. 

The Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro involves upwards of 7,500 athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers. Manitoba's young athletes (10-U18) enhance their skill development and experience multi-sport competition to help prepare them for higher levels of competition like the Canada Games, Western Canada Games, and national, and international championships in their sport.

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Past Games

Thompson 2018

The 2018 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro took place in Thompson Sunday, March 4 - Saturday, March 10. We’ve compiled all the information you need from the Games to ensure your memories and accomplishments are catalogued within Manitoba’s sports history.

Includes biographical information about the participants, their history within the sport, as well as a comprehensive breakdown of the scores/points earned in each event.

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Celebrates the best sights and moments of these Games.

A stunning visual catalogue of the Games. 

Economic Impact

Sport Manitoba and the host communities worked with the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM Pro 2.0) to generate economic impact studies for both the 2016 and 2018 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro.

Economic impact studies measure the positive effects that events have on the economic activity in a specific region. They first calculate the amount of new money being spent in the host community as a direct result of holding the event, and then the impact these new monies have on the regional, provincial, and national economy as a whole.

The 2016 Summer Games in Steinbach generated $2.6 million in economic activity in Manitoba, including a $1.5 million boost to provincial GDP and $660,000 in visitor spending. The 2018 Winter Games in Thompson generated $1.7 million in economic activity in Manitoba including a $591,696 boost to provincial GDP and $859,000 in direct spending.

If you’re interested in learning more about hosting a future edition of the Manitoba Games, please contact Pat Kirby, Senior Games Manager, at


Connecting our province in Sport since 1972

In 1972 the Provincial Government approved the initiation of a Provincial Games Development Program, which would give rural Manitoba an equal opportunity to participate in amateur sport.

The first province-wide Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro were held in Winnipeg in late December as part of the city’s 1974 Centennial Celebration. These Games were used to identify and select Manitoba’s 1975 Canada Winter Games teams. Neepawa was chosen to host the 1976 Manitoba Summer Games and the 1978 Manitoba Winter Games were held in Dauphin. After a hiatus, the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro program was reinstituted in 1986 and has been held every two years since.

Fast-forward to 2021 when the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro will return to the city of Dauphin for the first time since 2004. For more information about the upcoming Games, visit the City of Dauphin’s website. 

The Manitoba Games aren’t possible without our title sponsor, Manitoba Hydro, presenting sponsors Calm Air, Manitoba’s Credit Unions, Konica Minolta, Travel Manitoba, the Manitoba Dental Association, and by KIMIK iT, the official sponsor of the volunteer and participant registration and results software. With their support we can continue to unite communities, inspire the next generation, and build a healthier Manitoba.

Manitoba Games Host Communities

1986 Winter - Flin Flon
1988 Summer - Beausejour/Pinawa
1990 Winter - Carman
1992 Summer - Minnedosa/Neepawa
1994 Winter - Thompson
1996 Summer - Morden
1998 Winter - Gimli
2000 Summer - Virden
2002 Winter - The Pas/OCN
2004 Summer - Dauphin
2006 Winter - Beausejour
2008 Summer - Carman
2010 Winter - Portage la Prairie
2012 Summer - Swan Valley
2014 Winter - Morden, Stanley, Winkler
2016 Summer - Steinbach
2018 Winter - Thompson

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