In 2003, New Brunswick welcomed Canada to Bathurst-Campbellton, the host city for the 19th iteration of the Canada Games. Over the course of 15 days from February 22 to March 8th, the 2003 Bathurst-Campbellton Canada Winter Games welcomed athletes, coaches and managers from all 13 provinces and territories across the nation. This marked the second time that New Brunswick hosted the Canada Games, once before in Saint John.
Over 3,200 athletes, coaches and managers competed at the highest level with 21 sports on the program. The Games were marked with many faces, including Sidney Crosby, who not only packed arenas whenever he played but also took home the Roland Michener Award.
After it was all over, Quebec won the Canada Games Flag for the first time since 1979. The team was also awarded the Centennial Cup by a margin of 6.5 points ahead of Team New Brunswick. This was the first time in the history of the Canada Games that a province walked away with both the Canada Games Flag and Centennial Cup. Bathurst-Campbellton was also the launch point for the new Canada Games flag and logo.
The 2003 Canada Winter Games in Bathurst and Campbellton brought together 2,606 athletes to participate in 21 different sports.