1978

The first Games to be held in two locations occurred in 1978. The two communities, 100 kilometres a part, were connected by the first passenger railroad service in NT. The two sites shared the 14 sports, including badminton, basketball, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, hockey, Inuit Games, judo, shooting, snowshoe biathlon, snowshoeing, table tennis, volleyball and wrestling.

In the same year, Stuart Hodgson, one of the founding members of the AWG, donated the Hodgson Trophy to the organization which was awarded to the Contingent that best exhibited fair play and team spirit. The trophy is a seven-foot narwhal tusk on a soapstone base with soapstone carvings, and is now awarded during the Closing Ceremonies of every Arctic Winter Games. The Hodgson Trophy is on display at the Whitehorse Canada Games Arena. 

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2024

Mat-Su, Alaska hosts Arctic Winter Games for the first time.

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1980

Back to Yukon!

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1974

An Arctic Winter Games first for Alaska

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1982

Alaska hosted the circumpolar competitors for this edition of the Arctic Winter Games.

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2012

Games go back to Whitehorse

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2018

A hosting first for the South Slave Region of NWT

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1972

Whitehorse hosts the Arctic Winter Games

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2004

The eighteenth Arctic Winter Games was held in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Northern Alberta.

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1996

Alaska brought great awareness and much promotion to this edition of the Arctic Winter Games.

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2023

Arctic Winter Games return after five year hiatus

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1976

A first time hosting for Northern Quebec

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2014

After a 26-year hosting hiatus - the games came back to Fairbanks, Alaska

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1992

First games to include participants from Russia and Greenland

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1998

Yellowknife, NWT brought together the circumpolar north for this edition of the games.

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1970

The inaugural Arctic Winter Games hosted in Yellowknife, NWT

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2016

Co-hosted games in Iqaluit and Nuuk.

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1986

Yukon hosted the 1986 AWG

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1994

Alberta's first hosting of the Arctic Winter Games.

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2000

Millennial edition of the games hosted in Whitehorse Canada

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2008

The 20th edition of the Arctic Winter Games

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1988

88 Games host by Fairbanks, Alaska

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1990

Yellowknife, NWT hosts 1990 AWG beginning March 10

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2002

Nuuk, Greenland and Iqaluit, Nunavut hosted the first split community, split country Games

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2020

COVID-19 forces the cancellation of the 50th Anniversary of the Arctic Winter Games

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1984

The original three contingents took part in this set of games in Yellowknife

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2006

2006 Arctic Winter Games held in Kenai, Alaska

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2010

Arctic Winter Games in Grande Prairie

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