- in sport and life
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is a charitable organization. Charitable Registration # 118828631 RR0001
OUR VISION: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s Honoured Members are role models for Canadians of all ages and their stories unite our country and remind us of the core values that define our people.
OUR MISSION: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame will share the stories of the achievements of our Honoured Members so that we can inspire all Canadians to be the best they can be in all aspects of life.
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is an international award winning 40,000 square foot building with state-of-the-art technology which helps us to share the stories of Canada's greatest sport heroes.
Our Facility Includes:
- Changing Gallery, Boardroom, Riddell Family Theatre
- Education Room and Resource Centre
- Spaces for sit-down meals or cocktail-style buffets and receptions
- Indoor and outdoor areas for physical group activities
- Dozens of hands-on interactive exhibits including sport challenges, touch-screen sport lessons, mini-theatres, 3D simulations and more!?
The story of a national hall of fame devoted entirely to Canada’s sporting history started with the efforts of one man, Harry Price. In 1947, as chairman of the Sports Committee for the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), he traveled across the country trying to enlist support to build a museum dedicated to Canadian athletes past and present; a place to celebrate the many achievements by Canadian athletes in the world of sports. Eight years later it was announced that the Stanley Barracks at the CNE grounds in Toronto would be home for Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. The opening ceremonies took place on August 24, 1955 and featured the symbolic lighting of a flame that became the central image for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s logo.
When the Hockey Hall of Fame came on the scene in 1957, the two Halls joined forces and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame relocated to the Administration Building/Press Building on CNE grounds.
The two organizations co-habited this facility until the Hockey Hall of Fame moved in 1993 to its new location in Brookfield Place, downtown, Toronto, ON. After the Hockey Hall of Fame moved, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame closed and the prized collection of sport stories and artefacts was put in storage at the Stanley Barracks.
In 2008, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Board of Governors launched a national bid process to rejuvenate and grow Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame – to find a new home.
Nine cities bid on this opportunity and Calgary was declared the successful city. Only a few months later, all three levels of government committed to fund the construction of a 40,000 square foot facility that would be built on the west side of Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
The new Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame building opened July 1, 2011 – offering 40,000 square feet of space dedicated to preserving and celebrating Canada’s impressive and inspiring sport history.
Inside the new building, visitors are able to visit 12 galleries, experience dozens of interactive visitor experiences, watch an 11-minute feature film highlighting great sport moments in the 125-seat Riddell Family Theatre, and learn about Canada’s sporting traditions and artefact, video and photo collections in the Education and Resource Centre. School programs are offered to local schools and a Virtual Distance Learning Program is being developed for students and communities across Canada to ensure all citizens can experience this national treasure.