Message from The Chair of The Board of Directors

On behalf of the Host Society Board of Directors, it is with great pride that we welcome you to the Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games.

This multisport event brings the circumpolar world together to celebrate the north through athletic competition, cultural exchange and social interaction and we are thrilled to carry on the Arctic Winter Games legacy.

As hosts of the first Arctic Winter Games in five years, we are determined to provide an unforgettable week for everyone involved from participants and mission staff to volunteers and visitors.

Although the pandemic delayed us by a year, it only made us more excited to welcome the circumpolar North to our region, showcase our world-class facilities and work together to create memories that will last a lifetime.


To the participants and coaches, we commend your dedication and commitment to your sport – it does not go unnoticed. To the visitors, we hope you get to enjoy all we have to offer in Wood Buffalo and that you feel the warmth and passion of our community. And to the community and partners, thank you for your ongoing support and eagerness to volunteer. You are what makes this event a reality and we couldn’t be prouder of how Wood Buffalo has joined together to welcome the circumpolar North.

Our slogan for the Games is “Time to Shine” as we believe that we all deserve a moment to shine. Whether you’re an athlete with dreams of the podium, a volunteer with the spirit to give back, or an organization with the drive to support, the Games are your TIME TO SHINE!



Melissa Blake
Board of Directors Chair
Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games Host Society

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