Canada Games Centre

Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Games Centre's management staff shows the cheque from Barrier Buster grant

Project Description

The Canada Games Centre, built as a host venue for the 2007 Canada Winter Games, is the largest centre of its kind in Northern Canada. It features two arenas, a flexi hall, a fieldhouse, aquatic and fitness centres, indoor running track and event space. A Barrier Buster grant will allow the aquatic centre to install a ceiling track lift to transfer people to and from their wheelchairs so that people with mobility disabilities can participate more easily in aquatic activities.

Project Team Q&A

  1. Why did you decide to break down barriers in your community?

    Teachers, parents, caregivers, and other members of our community came together to generate interest in applying for this opportunity, and offered encouragement for the project to move forward. The goal was, and is, to remove a barrier for those who arguably benefit the most from aquatic therapy.

  2. How is this project going to make a difference in your community?

    The ceiling track lift will help those who need to be transferred to and from a wheelchair in order to be suited while participating in aquatic therapy or recreational swimming. This project has started further discussions on accessibility in Whitehorse.

  3. What’s the best thing about being a Barrier Buster?

    Feeling a part of the great community in Whitehorse!

Awareness Event


July21, 2017

Uplift Whitehorse

Location: Canada Games Center, Shipyards Park – 100-1 Ogilvie Street, Whitehorse, Yukon

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Description: This public event includes a pep rally for Team Yukon to travel to the Canada Summer Games and a Canada Games Flag Relay, while it raises awareness of its Barrier Buster project, a ceiling track lift for the aquatic centre. Enjoy entertainment by a local DJ, a fundraising BBQ, and a variety of interactive games and activities such as try-it sports, a photo booth, a trivia and craft station, as well as information booths by local organizations promoting their recreational activities. The City of Whitehorse will be on hand to promote the Barrier Buster project and explain its benefits to the community.

For more information, please contact:
Adrienne Marsh or Carmen Lindsay  at or