The City of Thompson will host the 2018 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games. The Games will be held in early March, 2018 involving up to 1,800 participants and 1,000 volunteers.
On July 15, 2016 Sport Manitoba announced a successful bid from the Town of Virden and RMs of Pipestone, Woodsworth-Wallace, and Sifton, to be the Host Community for the 2018 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games. Virden withdrew December 12th citing a lack of volunteers.
The City of Thompson had previously demonstrated strong interest in hosting a future Manitoba Games. They joined Virden in attending the host bid workshop for the 2018 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games and had previously bid on the 2014 Winter Games.
Sport Manitoba held an informational meeting with the city of Thompson and the School District of Mystery Lake on Jan. 7, 2017 to discuss Thompson hosting the 2018 Games. City Council voted unanimously January 16th to host the 2018 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games. On January 17th the School District also voted unanimously to host the 2018 Power Smart Games.