History of the Nova Scotia 55+ Games

The first Nova Scotia 55+ Games were held in Cornwallis Park in the Valley Region 28 Sep – 1 Oct, 2005. 154 participants and 14 non-participants from four of our six regions attended. 14 activities in all were held during the days and each evening featured various entertainers. Our second provincial games were held in Truro in the Fundy Region 26 – 30 Sep 2007 and these games attracted 246 participants and 6 non-participants, an increase of 50% from the first games. Our third provincial games were held in Yarmouth in 2009 with 333 participants taking part, in 2011 we moved to Kings County (Kentville area) with 455 Nova Scotians attending. In 2013 our games were held in Colchester County, centred in Truro and 565 Nova Scotians attended and in 2015 the games went to Pictou County and over 750 attended, just a huge success. In 2017, Lunenburg County hosted the Games with 782 participants in attendance, the largest Games yet. We look forward to 2019 when Antigonish will host the Games in early August with many facilities from St. Francis Xavier University being used.

Nova Scotia joined the Canada 55+ Games Association in the spring of 2004. This is a national organization which sponsors wellness- that is spiritual, mental and physical for Canadians over the age of 55. These games, regardless of whether they are local, regional, provincial or national are not to be categorized as only sporting events – they span a wide range of physical and mental activities. The first ever Canada 55+ Games was hosted in Regina, SK in 1996, followed by Medicine Hat, AB in 1998, Summerside, PEI in 2002, Whitehorse, YN in 2004, Portage la Prairie, MB in 2006, Dieppe, NB in 2008, Brockville, ONT. In 2010 and Sydney, NS in 2012 and Strathcona County, Alberta in 2014. Although there have been individuals representing Nova Scotia at all of these games, the games in Whitehorse in 2004 were the first games attended by an official Nova Scotia contigent. Albeit only 19 strong, they did manage to return with 2 silver and one bronze medal. Moving along to 2012 the Nova Scotia contingent grew to 310 participants and we collected 108 medals, just an excellent effort. At the 2016 Games in Brampton, ON., approximately 150 Nova Scotians attended, winning a total of 44 medals. The next Canada Games are in St John, NB in August 2018, and we expect many more Nova Scotians will attend those games.