Starting today and up to Family Day (February 19), a week-long celebration in honour of next year’s Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025 is taking place with a series of events celebrating the adaptive sporting competition.
The event, founded by the Duke of Sussex (AKA Prince Harry), is for wounded, injured, and sick service personnel and veterans, and will celebrate its seventh iteration next year with almost 550 competitors from 25 countries.
Through its athletic competitions, Invictus works to showcase the healing power of sport—and foster understanding and support for those who have served their country.
Events for the one-year-to-go countdown include the Participating Nations Camp in Whistler (February 12 to 16), which brings together competitors from 19 countries for intensive training in winter adaptive sports—from skeleton and Nordic skiing to alpine snowboarding. To celebrate, locals are invited to visit Mountain Square in Whistler from 12pm to 4pm each day of the camp, where there will be trivia, street curling, and other activities. Special appearances from the nearby Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre—including drumming workshop and bannock donut tastings (!)—will happen each day at 2pm.
In Vancouver, the curler-curious can sign up for a one-hour class at Hillcrest Community Centre on February 16 from 1pm to 4:30pm (wheelchair and family-friendly options are available).
To close off the week of celebrations is the Unconquered Sports Day on February 19 at Seaforth Armoury on Burrard, showing off adaptive sports to the public—from wheelchair basketball to sitting volleyball. There, you’ll get the chance to try some adaptive sports for yourself (or watch, if that’s more your thing).
There will also be an Invictus Games illumination display at the following locations:
- BC Legislature in Victoria on February 12
- Vancouver Convention Centre on February 12 and 16
- BC Place on February 12 and 16
- Vancouver City Hall on February 16
- Burrard Bridge on February 16
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle (the Duchess of Sussex) will be in attendance for various parts of the celebrations, so royal fans should keep their eyes peeled.