about the games

The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games 2026 held in Medicine Hat from August 11 to 15, 2026 will feature approximately 1600 participants including athletes, caregivers, and officials. We will welcome spectators from all over Canada for this prestigous event! 

welcome to medicine hat

Sports, recreation, education, community involvement, cultural events, health care and hospitality are just a few of the many reasons why people choose Medicine Hat as an excellent place to live, work, raise their families, and retire. With a population of approximately 65,000 people, it is a growing city with a small town feel and community warmth with big city business and services.

Medicine Hat residents have more recreational facilities per capita than most other cities in Canada. In addition to superior recreational facilities, the city offers more than 155 kilometres of hiking / biking trails, 250 hectares of parks and six first-class golf courses. There are indoor and outdoor pools, six indoor ice arenas, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and so much more. So, if you enjoy ice, water or sun, there is a sport for everyone in every season.

In 2015 the Co-op Place opened in Medicine Hat bringing a new 6000 seat arena to the city. The Co-op Place hosts the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) and many large concerts. In 2016 an expansion to the Big Marble Go Centre brought a new running track, fitness centre, two turf fields and two full gymnasiums.

Often referred to as an Oasis on the Prairie, the city is nestled in the beautiful South Saskatchewan River Valley, amid coulees, rolling prairie and carved hillsides. Medicine Hat enjoys a comfortable semi-arid climate with an average summer temperature of 22°C and more than 2,500 hours of annual sunshine on average.

From historic downtown to a modern array of malls, health and social services, transportation, parks, recreational facilities, culture, education, service clubs, industry and business, Medicine Hat offers a diverse range of opportunities. 

Situated at the crossroads of the TransCanada Highway 1 and Highway 3, Medicine Hat has easy access in all directions with excellent highway and air facilities. So, come see us and experience the vibrant, active, and energized community that residents consider to be their community of choice.

The City of Medicine Hat is ready to share its community spirit and hospitality and welcome all participants and visitors to the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games 2026.

ten different sports!

Athletes will compete in the following ten sports during the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games 2026!