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2019 Canada Winter Games

Meet Waskasoo!



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  • Meet Waskasoo, the 2019 Canada Winter Games mascot!

    Waskasoo’s name comes from the Cree name for the Red Deer area. The saying “Waskasoo Seepee” was the name originally given to the area by the Cree, translating to “Elk River.” Settlers of the area called the area Red Deer after mistaking elk for European red deer.

    This deer is full of energy and can’t wait for the Games to begin. Waskasoo is 16 years old, born near Buffalo Lake. He has two older siblings, two brothers named Kerry and Wapiti. Waskasoo’s parents moved the family to Red Deer because they wanted to join a growing community filled with hard-working and welcoming people. The family calls Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary their home now.

    He has 13 blue, red, grey and yellow spots on his head and body that show his passion for Canada. At least one of his spot colours can be found in every provincial or territorial flag. His antlers form a W for Waskasoo.

    The spots were a gift from Mother Nature because of Waskasoo’s kindness towards other – he is a true Canadian. Each spot represents one of the 13 provinces and territories.

    Waskasoo has lots of interests! In the summer, he loves to visit the Westerner Days festival because he likes seeing the parade, going on the rides and eating cotton candy. Waskasoo loves to be active and be outdoors. Each summer, Waskasoo will travel Red Deer’s 110 km trail system.

    Winter is Waskasoo’s favourite time of year! The cold does not scare him, and Waskasoo can be found skiing at Canyon Ski Resort, building snow forts or going sledding at Michener Hill. His favourite sports are hockey and skiing (both cross country or alpine!)

    For food, Waskasoo loves to eat natural. His favourite foods are broccoli and watermelon. Waskasoo will also snack on nuts like almonds and cashews. He has a bit of a sweet tooth and will visit the Little Ice Cream Shop on Ross St.

    What makes Waskasoo stand out is his personality. He is super enthusiastic! Waskasoo is always ready to cheer, dance and get others excited. You will see Waskasoo leading people in activities wherever he goes.

    He is also encouraging. Waskasoo believes in you, and he will be there to celebrate with you when you cross the finish line, win or lose.

    Waskasoo is curious. He loves to meet new people and hear more about them. He can’t wait to meet people from around central Alberta and hear their stories!

    Waskasoo wants to be a sports broadcaster when he grows up. Broadcasting combines his enthusiasm and curiosity with his love for sports, and he has been inspired by watching TV personality Ron MacLean growing up. Waskasoo looks up to MacLean for his on-air skill and sense of humour. Brett Kissel and Deidra Dionne are two more inspirations for Waskasoo. Kissel is a chart-topping country artist from Flat Lake, Alberta, and Waskasoo admires his confidence and outgoing personality.

    Dionne is an Olympian freestyle skier who won bronze in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. A neck injury sustained in 2005 nearly paralyzed Dionne, but through hard work and determination, Dionne recovered and qualified for the 2006 Olympics in Torino. Waskasoo aims to have the same kind of resilience that Dionne does. Waskasoo can’t wait for the 2019 Canada Winter Games to begin.

    He will be visiting communities around Alberta to share his excitement with people and share the news about the Games! If you see Waskasoo, give him a wave and he will be happy to say hello. During Games time, Waskasoo will be traveling to the different venues to cheer on the athletes.

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    Canada Winter Games Holiday Store is now open in Bower Place



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  • November 23, 2018

    The 2019 Canada Winter Game Holiday Store is now open. Located in the Great Indoors Market in Bower Place, the 2019 Games Holiday Store is open from now until December 24, 2018.

    The Holiday Store features clothing items for men, women and youth, pins, collectibles, and Waskasoo plush toys and follows the regular Bower Place hours of operation. Forms of payment accepted are debit and all major credit cards (AMEX, Visa and MasterCard). Cash is not accepted.

    Please note all sales are exchange only, no refunds. After the Holiday Store closes on December 24, a flagship merchandise store opens in the Volunteer Centre (on the other side of the old Sears in Bower Place, accessible via the exterior north entrance) from January 14 until March 3, 2019.

    For more information, or to access more official 2019 Games merchandise, visit

    About the 2019 Canada Winter Games: From February 15 until March 3, 2019, the eyes of the nation are on Red Deer, Alberta as we host the 2019 Canada Winter Games – the largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth in Canada and the largest event to be hosted in Red Deer’s history. Featuring over 150 events in 19 sports and a major arts and cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games welcomes up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches and more than 100,000 spectators, with a significant forecasted economic impact. The 27th edition of the Canada Games, the 2019 Games is set to provide a stage for Canada’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions to compete and leaves a legacy for athletic and leadership greatness in Red Deer and central Alberta. This is our moment. For more information on the 2019 Games, please visit: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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    Rodeo and Winter Games exhibits launched in time for CFR



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  • What a week to be in Red Deer and Central Alberta.  The Canadian Finals Rodeo arrives Wednesday, which coincides with Halloween.  And off on the horizon, not far away, is the Canada Winter Games, come like a steam train through a winter storm! If you need a break from the live action and looking for something to do during the day, you may want to join us as we honour no less that 14 CFR Champions in a new exhibit.

    We are happy to announce the launch of two new exhibits at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum this week. With the excitement of Red Deer hosting both the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) and the 2019 Canada Winter Games, we have installed exhibits to honour the history of each event.

    Canadian Finals Rodeo

    We are excited to welcome the CFR to Red Deer from October 30, 2018 to November 4, 2018! We are featuring Honoured Member Dianne Finstad and her journalistic work covering events including the CFR.

    Did you know that 14 of Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum’s Honoured Members have been named CFR Champions?

    2019 Canada Winter Games
    Red Deer is proud to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games from February 15 – March 3, 2019. In the months leading up to the CWG, we will be rotating through exhibits for all 19 official sports. Come join the excitement as we prepare to welcome the 2019 Canada Winter Games to Red Deer.

    Current sports featured in the 2019 Canada Winter Games exhibit: Judo, Table Tennis, Boxing, Snowboarding, and Hockey

    The previously featured sports: Artistic Gymnastics, Figure Skating, Ringette, Synchronized Swimming, Alpine/Para-Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing, Squash, and Long Track Speed Skating.  There are more sports to come so be sure to come back at the beginning of February.

    Looking for some spooky fun Halloween activities for all ages? Join us for our Halloween Trick or Treat event! We will have Halloween themed games and crafts and full access to the entire Museum! This year we have TWO separate times for you and your family to join us for only $10! Costumes optional!

    Date: Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018
    Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm AND 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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