The 2018 BC Summer Games are set to take place July 19 to 22 in the Cowichan Valley. This is the 40th anniversary of this biennial celebration of sport and community, and will see more than 3,700 athletes, coaches and officials participating in 18 sports, and up to 3,000 community volunteers who help plan and stage the games.
The games kick off with opening ceremonies at the Laketown Ranch near Lake Cowichan on July 19. Venues will be spread out throughout the Cowichan Valley, with field lacrosse, beach volleyball and baseball taking place in Ladysmith; wrestling in Chemainus; box lacrosse in Fuller Lake; equestrian at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds; soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, athletics, rowing and swimming in Duncan; sailing in Maple Bay, kayaking and canoeing in Lake Cowichan; golf at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club; rugby and towed water sports at Shawnigan Lake; and indoor volleyball, box lacrosse and triathlon in Mill Bay. Visit the event website for more details on times and venues.
Since 1978, the BC Games have been held in 38 different communities across the province, and have had more than 350,000 participants and volunteers. The games serve as a stepping-stone to national and international competition and to the Canada Games and Olympic Games for many athletes, coaches and officials. The games are also expected to bring $2 million into the local economy.