Welcome to the Renfrew County 2023 Ontario Winter Games
The Renfrew County 2023 Winter Games is supported by the Ontario Government through its Games Ontario program. This program delivers and supports multi-sport events, including the Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth, the Ontario 55+ Winter and Summer Games and the Ontario Parasport Games.
As Ontario’s largest multi-sport events, the Games are a showcase of amateur sport in Ontario and provide top young athletes with development and competitive opportunities to prepare them for national and international competition. The Ontario Winter Games were first delivered in 1970 by the City of Etobicoke. Since then, they have been held in even numbered years, and attract as many as 3,000 participants competing in over 20 sports.
PACHI is the head cheerleader of Games Ontario events, all of which showcase Ontario athletes competing in sports at the Renfrew County 2023 Winter Games. PACHI also supports the athletes and coaches on Team Ontario at the Canada Games.
PACHI is a porcupine and like other porcupines, has a visual impairment and difficultly seeing people and objects that are far away.
His white hat and wristbands feature the Games Ontario logo, modelled on the iconic Ontario trillium and highlighted with red, green, and blue:
- Red represents “inspiration” and Team Ontario’s official colour
- Green represents “opportunity”
- Blue represents “community”
At A Glance
Over 3,000 participants
Over 20 sports
7 days over two consecutive weekends
Athletes aged 12-18 years
$5 million in estimated economic activity
Games Organizing Committee
The Renfrew County 2023 Ontario Winter Games is governed by a Games Organizing Committee (GOC), led by enthusiastic community leaders in partnership with Local (County of Renfrew) and Provincial Government representation (Games Ontario), to shape the Games and create a unique event that will welcome all of Ontario to Renfrew County and area.
Renfrew County and
Renfrew County is ready to welcome over 3,000 athletes, coaches, officials, dignitaries and visitors, with a potential economic impact of over $5 million dollars amongst the communities hosting the Games.
Athletes will compete in 20 sports throughout Renfrew County in communities such as Petawawa, Pembroke, Renfrew and Arnprior over the seven day competition taking place in February 2023.
The Games will attract participants and spectators from across Ontario and beyond, and are a great opportunity to showcase and promote our communities, tourism and attractions to our visitors.
Renfrew County has a rich sport history, both as participants and as event planners and was chosen as host due to its high quality sport venues and an engaged community with outstanding civic pride and willingness to work with all organizations and levels of government.
Be on the lookout for several public celebrations, cultural and promotional activities to support the Games.
About Renfrew County
Renfrew County is located in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, located in Eastern Ontario. It is comprised of seventeen beautiful municipalities. Although rural in nature and is made up of distinct physiographic regions, covering 7,645.68 sq. km., the County has a very diverse industrial, agricultural, recreational, sport and tourism make-up with a rich history and future opportunities.
What we Offer
- A wide range of living styles including historic towns, scenic rural areas and waterfront locations, with amenities and services
- Many opportunities for businesses and individuals looking to build careers and companies
- Outdoor adventures including World-class white water experiences, historical locations, access to the Ottawa River, a World Heritage River, and several other rivers across our vast county
- Ottawa Valley hospitality and culture where neighbours support each other to create a welcoming community
Check out the Ottawa Valley Tourism Association for special events, festivals and activities.