Best Calgary Tourist Attractions – Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
Looking for some fun activities in Calgary? Why not check out Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame at Canada Olympic park – one of the best Calgary tourist attractions there is!
Canada’s sports history takes us back in time to a place when our nation, as young as it may be compared to others around the world, was developing into the strong and proud country it is today.
Part of that development was closely related to sports such as hockey, lacrosse, football, figure-skating, curling and even dog-sledding, breeding generation upon generation of skilled athletes and is why Canada is identified as one of the most competitive countries in the world when it comes to winter sports.
Just look at the past two Winter Olympic Games for example. In 2014, Canada was fourth out of all participating countries in medal count with a total of 25, and third for total gold medals with 10.
Four years prior, Canada was third in total medal count with 26 but first overall for total gold’s with 14! As a matter of fact, Canada Holds the Gold Medal Record at the Winter Olympic Games!
Canada has a long history of success in the Winter Olympic Games and we Calgarians have the opportunity to see it all at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame!
- Address – Canada Olympic Park – 169 Canada Olympic Road
- Phone Number – 403-776-1040
- Hours – Tuesday to Sunday – 10:00am to 5:00pm
- Open from July to August 7 days a week and holiday Monday’s
- 40,000 square feet of award-winning facilities
- Over 50 interactive exhibits and 12 galleries
- Hundreds of historical sports artifacts
Since its establishment in 1955, the Canada’s Sport’s Hall of Fame has inducted over 500 sports heroes who have helped shaped the development of sports not only in Canada, but on a global scale as well.
Over 500 intriguing stories of hard-work, determination, grit, sacrifice, skill and success await you at the HERO STATION interactive touch screen. You shouldn’t miss it!
Interactive exhibits are everywhere at the Canada’s Sport’s Hall of Fame, so many in fact that you’ll get to experience more than 60 different sports if you try them all!
Within each exhibit are videos, images, sounds and artifacts that all combine to transport you, the visitor, into the exciting world of Canadian sports and the athletes who make it happen. They include:
Ask the Athlete
At this station, you’ll get the opportunity to interview some of your favourite Canadian athletes one-on-one and learn what it takes to become as successful as they are.
Jarome Iginla, Colleen Jones, Curt Browning and Kerrin Lee-Gartner are but a few of the celebrity athletes that await you!
Be an Announcer
Do you think you can keep up to the fast pace of sports announcers? Why not try at this station!
You’ll also get to see videos and hear the top sports announcers in Canada do what they do best, and maybe establish your own sports calling style while you’re at it!
Be a Broadcaster
Do you have what it takes to be a sports broadcaster? Who knows – you could just be the next Brian Williams, Ron MacLean or Steve Armitage, three of Canada’s most renowned sports broadcasters!
At this station you will get to commentate on live games and experience everything else that sports broadcasters do.
Be a Sports Journalist
What is it like to be a sports journalist… editing papers, photos and publishing sports related literature?
You’ll get to take your own photos at a Canadian sporting event, create your own magazine headlines and choose a front page cover.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to catch a ball speeding towards you at sometimes more than 100 miles per hour? Well, this is the place to figure out just how exhilarating it is.
Visitors will even feel the “thump” of the ball in the glove when playing at this station!
Chantal Petitclerc is an honoured member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame who just so happens to have set the world record for wheelchair racing. Find out if you can beat her world record as this completely interactive station!
As they defy the very laws of gravity, onlookers often oooo and awww in complete amazement. Learn how it feels to fly off the ski jump at insanely fast speeds and land like you’ve been doing it for years!
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame has a variety of activity and meeting rooms available for rental to the public. These spaces are great for birthday parties, large gatherings and meetings of all kinds.
They are also host to a number of events put on by WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park and the Canada Sports Hall of Fame year round. Check out www.sportshall.ca for future events!
Calgary just recently became the new home of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. We are extremely lucky to have such an important faculty in our city, one that has the ability to influence the minds and hearts of all visitors through its inspiring stories, interactive exhibits and state-of-the-art facilities.
If you’re looking for some local activities and events in Calgary, we definitely encourage you to check it out. You won’t regret the experience!
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