History

The BC Seniors Games Society was organized in 1987 with the assistance of the Recreation and Sport Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Culture (now the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport).  The premise was that sport and recreation development for seniors would have a direct bearing on the quality of life for older British Columbians and for the province as a whole.

The concept of a provincial Seniors Games was presented at a meeting of 30 representatives of seniors’ groups from all parts of the province on November 6, 1986.  The concept was unanimously endorsed and a steering committee was formed.

On July 10, 1987, the BC Seniors Games Society was registered and later that year, a core grant was received by the Society from the Recreation and Sport Branch.  Seniors Lottery and New Horizons (Health and Welfare Canada) also provided organizational grants, and funding was obtained from corporate sponsors.  The first Games were held in Vernon on June 14-16, 1988 with 650 seniors competing in 15 sports.

The province was divided into 12 zones.  Each zone established an organizing committee responsible for ensuring the play-downs for each sport were well coordinated, local public relations, local fundraising and registration of all participants in the zone.

On May 17, 1994, the BC Seniors Games Society signed an affiliation agreement with the BC Games Society.  The purpose of this agreement was to ensure prosperity, quality and evolution of the BC Seniors Games Society and the BC Seniors Games.

In 2015, the name of the Games was changed to the 55+ BC Games and the BC Seniors Games Society continued to organize and be the main funding partner for the Games.  In the fall of 2017, the working partnership between the BC Seniors Games Society and the BC Games Society ended and all aspects of organizing and managing the 55+ BC Games now rests with the BC Seniors Games Society.

Past Games

Here is a look at where we have been and how we have grown.

YearHost CommunityNumber of participantsNumber of sports hosted
2021Greater Victoriapostponedto be held in 2022
2020RichmondcancelledCOVID-19 pandemic
2019Kelowna4,08630
2018Kimberley/Cranbrook2,20224
2017Vernon3,58527
2016Coquitlam3,08922
2015North Vancouver3,26623
2014Langley3,80824
2013Kamloops3,60024
2012Burnaby3,51426
2011West Kootenay2,95725
2010Comox Valley/Campbell River3,47828
2009Richmond3,82528
2008Prince George2,56126
2007Nanaimo3,57526
2006Abbotsford3,00725
2005Cowichan3,06623
2004Penticton3,25823
2003Chilliwack2,65621
2002Prince George2,48720
2001Surrey2,72220
2000Kelowna3,09921
1999Elk Valley2,37320
1998Port Alberni2,36320
1997New Westminster2,09719
1996Kamloops2,15019
1995Oliver/Osoyoos2,05419
1994Prince Rupert1,27520
1993Cranbrook1,72320
1992Dawson Creek1,45020
1991Coquitlam1,75020
1990Comox1,40020
1989Trail1,00018
1988Vernon65015

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