Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2025 Invictus Games ©Invictus Games

Vancouver and Whistler have been announced as the host of the 2025 Invictus Games, with the event set to include adaptive winter sports for the first time.

Prince Harry, Invictus Games founder, confirmed the award at the conclusion of this year’s event at The Hague in the Netherlands.

Vancouver and Whistler’s bid was led by Canada’s Foundation for the military community, True Patriot Love, alongside the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and the First Nations in Vancouver and Whistler.

"As Invictus continues to adapt and evolve, I am extremely excited to announce that the Invictus Games Foundation has selected Canada to host the first-ever Winter Hybrid Games in 2025," said Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex.

"The Invictus Games Vancouver-Whistler 2025 will offer a global platform to expand the range and profile of winter adaptive sports.

"With deep respect, I’m also pleased to share that the Games in Canada will be held in partnership with the First Nations, in the spirit of truth and reconciliation with indigenous communities."

The awarding of the Invictus Games also comes as Vancouver is seeking to host the 2030 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, with a First Nations-led bid.

The 2025 Invictus Games are set to feature over 500 competitors from 20 nations to compete in adaptive sports, with Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, skeleton, and wheelchair curling set to feature for the first time.

The core sports of indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball will also feature.

Organisers say the Games will ensure they respond to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, and ensure Indigenous protocols are respected in all aspects of the Games.

"I’m excited that Canada will host the 2025 Invictus Games," said Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

"In partnership with the True Patriot Love Foundation, we look forward to welcoming competitors to beautiful British Columbia where their athleticism, drive, and competitive spirit will be on full display in the first-ever Winter Invictus Games.

"Canadians look forward to welcoming you once again."

Canada will host the Games for the second time, with Toronto having hosted the 2017 event.

Over 500 athletes from 20 nations featured at this year’s Invictus Games, which was delayed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Games, which features military personnel who have been injured while on duty, saw 10 sports contested.

A total of 17 nations participated in competitions at the Zuiderpark.

Ukraine’s participation has been highlighted, due to the ongoing Russian invasion of the nation.

International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons has been among the attendees at the Games, which he said were having a transformative impact on competitors.

"The family festival atmosphere at the event was exceptional and like nothing I have experienced previously at a sport event," Parsons said.

"Through WeThe15 and our joint desire to use sport as a catalyst to make for a more inclusive world for the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities, the IPC and the Invictus Games Foundation are working much closer together, sharing knowledge, learnings, and ideas.

"One thing I will certainly take away from The Hague is the focus Invictus Games has on family.

"Sport has the power to change the world, but it can’t do it alone.

"We’re learning from Invictus; the power of the help that friends and family can give.

"Since its inception in 2014, the Invictus Games has acted as the starting point for several injured war veterans to go onto the Paralympic Games, compete and, in some cases, win medals.

"The achievements of Paralympic champions such as Ellie Marks, Brad Snyder and Curtis McGrath - who all started out at Invictus - should act as inspiration for those who see their future in sport."

The Hague hosted the fifth edition of the Games.

Düsseldorf in Germany is scheduled to host the 2023 event.