Satisfy your inner competitor and check out Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame for an action packed day in Calgary. Winsport and Skyline Luge also call the 1988 Olympic site home and make it the perfect place to experience the history of sport in Canada near the roar of the Olympic grounds. Lace up your runners. There’s plenty of ground to cover.
Check out these five can’t miss exhibits when you visit Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame:
1. Take an emotional journey with Terry Fox
Considered a national hero across the nation, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame takes an up close look at Terry Fox’s life. The temporary exhibit, on display till the end of 2016, tells the story of his iconic race across Canada and the lasting impression he left on all Canadians. See the t-shirt he sported during the Marathon of Hope and the right shoe he dipped into the Atlantic Ocean to start his journey in the permanent collection. The Terry Fox exhibit is a can’t miss stop at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
2. Test your skills against the best in the world
Get tips on your favourite sport, learn star athletes’ training secrets, keys to success and play a game as they coach you through it at the interactive “Ask the Athlete” stands. Use one of the two sport simulators to play a game of golf, hockey, football, baseball, basketball, and soccer or zombie dodgeball. Get your adrenaline pumping as Lennox Lewis gives you boxing tips in preparation of your shadow fight against him.
3. Discover where basketball was born
Check out the handwritten notes of Canadian James Naismith detailing the original rules of his new game – basketball. Be awe-struck as you view the display case that started it all, including the peach barrel that paved the way for the modern day metal hoop. This exhibit is a highlight for sports enthusiasts across the world and a definite must-see!
4. See a new side of Canada’s game
Did you know that Manon Rhéaume was the first woman to play in the NHL? Rhéaume geared up for the Tampa Bay Lightning, playing goal in a 1992 exhibition game, and making hockey history. This fun fact is only one of the legendary hockey stories you'll discover during your visit.
Hockey is Canada’s game and the Sport Chek Hockey Gallery captures this Canadian spirit. See the jerseys and memorabilia that changed the game and the lucky loonie, inspired by the 2002 Winter Olympics, signed by Wayne Gretzky and the legendary Gordie Howe.
5. Feel the energy of the Olympic Games
Home to the largest Olympic collection in Canada, view iconic medals and memorabilia collected from Canadian athletes at the Olympic Games. Take on the ultimate challenge and locate the 21 different Olympic torches on display in the galleries. Your national pride will surge, as you discover athletes from the past and who to keep an eye out for in the next Olympic Games.
Can’t wait to see more? Check out Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame for more information on the awesome galleries and exhibits on display now.