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Play Hard, Fight Hard: Sport and the Canadian Military - Travelling Exhibit


This is a bilingual pop-up travelling exhibit, representing fourteen sports played by the military teams and athletes from the 1880s to the present day. It features sections on the Soldier On program, origins of the Paralympic Games, Invictus Games and 20 videos containing oral histories and Second World War newsreel footage.


Featured Hall of Famers:

Percy Molson, an athlete acclaimed for his sense of fair play, represented Canada in Track and Field at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, before serving as an officer in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry during the First World War.

Paul Rowe, a football star who served as a Captain in the Royal Canadian Artillery during the Second World War, overcame an injury that he sustained while deployed overseas to captain the Calgary Stampeders to their first ever Grey Cup victory in 1948.

Lionel Conacher, the greatest Canadian male athlete of the first half of the 20th century, served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

Space Requirements:

Footprint – approximately 1,000 sq. ft


English, French

Loan Fee:

$2,000.00 + 5% GST for a 3-week rental. $4,100.00 + 5% GST for a 6-week rental option available. May include transportation.

Certificate of Insurance for $35,000.00 required for value of exhibit.

Exhibit Components:

  • 4 pop-up panels (10’ long x 8’ high x 1’ deep)
  • 1 touch activated video kiosk featuring 20 videos, including oral histories and Second World War newsreel footage
  • 1 interactive survey kiosk



December 2024

Exhibition Circulation Fund is available to apply for to cover the loan fee.


Education Activities (French versions coming soon!):

Contact Us

To book today or to learn more about Play Hard, Fight Hard: Sport and the Canadian Military (Pop-Up Exhibit) and our 3D version of this exhibit with artefacts currently travelling across Canada, please contact Janice Smith at or 403 776-1061.


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