Fly your colours: Games spirit abounds in Red Deer

2019 Canada Winter Games merchandise, sports ticket packages hot items for Christmas

With the weeks counting down to the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, excitement is building.

Your pride in the community is starting to show, too, with a growing number of Red Deer 2019 hoodies, hats and Waskasoo mascot gear being sported around the city.

If you’re looking to share that spirit and still have family and friends left on your Christmas list, check out the selection of Games gear at the 2019 Canada Games holiday store, located in the Great Indoors Market in Bower Place until Dec. 24.

Branded sweatshirts and other clothing items are proving especially popular, says Lee Ann Waines, Director of Marketing and Revenue with Red Deer Canada Games 2019.

“We’re quite proud of the design and they’re high-quality garments,” she says. “We worked hard to select items that you’re going want to wear long after the Games are over.”

Wear your Games gear on Fridays and you could win!

“We invite central Albertans to participate in Games Gear every Friday from now until the 2019 Games for a chance to win an exclusive prize pack,” says Waines.

Simply take a picture of yourself or your group wearing 2019 Canada Winter Games official merchandise and share the photos on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages using the handle @2019CanadaGames and the hashtag #2019GamesGear/#JCVêtements2019.

Power of the pins prevails

Multi-sport competitions have various things in common, but one of the most visible is the trading and collecting of pins. The Canada Games, with provincial and territorial teams bringing their own pins, is no different.

“Pin trading is a huge thing; it’s known as the unofficial sport of the Games,” Waines says, noting that Canada Winter Games pins make great stocking stuffers. “It’s a great way to meet people from across the country.”

Single event and full-Games passes selling fast

Games tickets – either to specific sporting events or full-access passes – are also in-demand Christmas gifts. There’s corporate packages available, too, if you’re keen on gifting tickets to employees or clients!

If you’re looking at taking the whole gang – remember, area public and Catholic school students have time off during the Games – check out the Waskasoo Family Pack. It provides full general admission access to all ticketed sports events, so you and the kids can watch anything from long track speed skating at Great Chief Park to table tennis at Westerner Park.

It’s free to attend events at Riverbend Golf and Recreation Area, Nakiska Ski Resort, WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park or Canyon Ski Resort; however, lift passes may be required to access spectator areas.

“No matter what the sport, the level of competition is extremely high and you can cheer on Team Alberta,” says Waines. “The energy in the crowds is like nothing you’ve ever seen!”

Show your spirit in the storefront

The Feb. 15 Opening Ceremonies are fast approaching, and merchants are invited to check out special Community Spirit Packages to help get your staff and customers in a Games frame of mind. With a balloon tower, garland, window decals and more, they’re a great way for smaller companies to fly the Games colours and share some eye-catching community spirit.


Since the Canada Games only comes to Alberta every 25 years, this is very much a once-in-a-generation opportunity for people, Waines adds. Learn more about ticket packages by clicking here and follow the 2019 Canada Winter Games on their Facebook page.


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