Canada History Week Activities

From July 1 to 7 every year, take some time to discover what has helped shape Canada into what it is. As 2015 is the Year of Sport in Canada, the theme for this year’s Canada History Week is Sport Throughout History. Below are suggestions of activities to do, as well as online resources.

But don’t stop there. Many other learning opportunities are available! This Canada History Week, why not wander through a museum in your community, learn about a veteran’s experience, play a fun quiz to test your knowledge, or read a book or watch a film about Canadian history? The National Film Board has chosen some films for this year’s Canada History Week, don’t miss them!

Join the social media conversation to learn more about this year’s theme!

July 1 activities

Our nation’s birthday kicks off Canada History Week. On this day, you can visit one of Canada’s many national museums and institutions for free. You can also take advantage of free admission to all National historic sites across the country.

In the National Capital Region (Ottawa–Gatineau), you can visit the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian War Museum and the National Gallery of Canada. The National Arts Centre also presents the exhibit entitled Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 years on.

In Halifax, explore the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

In Québec City, plan an outing to the Plains of Abraham.

Can’t make it there? Visit Canada’s Virtual Museum, which invites you to explore the The Lou Marsh Legacy: Honouring Canada’s Top Athletes virtual exhibit today.

July 2-7

Canada’s historic sites from coast to coast to coast, including our National Historic Sites and our National Battlefields, provide an interesting window into our past. Plan your excursion to one of these sites today!

From July 2-7, visit the Canadian Museum of History and take part in 15-minute curatorial mini-tours to learn more about the Museum’s most important artifacts.

Take some time to discover our country’s Archives. Library and Archives Canada has tons of interesting information about Canada’s sports history online. Visit the virtual exhibitions and databases on the subject!

Wondering about the people that have influenced our country's sport history? Take a few minutes and explore Canada’s Greatest Moments, a virtual exhibit by Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

You could also learn more about Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, a Canadian hockey legend, through the Canadian Museum of History's “Rocket” Richard: The Legend - The Legacy virtual exhibit.

The Virtual Museum of Canada invites you to discover the Asahi: Canadian Baseball Legends exhibition that presents the story of the Japanese-Canadian baseball team formed in Vancouver in 1914.

You could also watch a sport-themed Heritage Minute, including the latest one on the Winnipeg Falcons!

Take some time to learn about the contributions of Aboriginal peoples to the development of sport in Canada.