On our trip to Calgary this time, John and I decided to stop in at some of the tourist spots we have not visited before. We have cruised past Canada Olympic Park numerous times on Highway 1 – but today we drove in.
During the 1988 Winter Olympics, Canada Olympic Park was the venue for luge, bobsleigh and ski jumping. The park is now used for athletic training and by the public for recreation. In the winter, there is downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. There are 6 lifts for those who don’t want to make a trip out to the mountains. Canada Olympic Park has 25 kms of trails for mountain biking in the summer, as well as challenge courses and a zip line.
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame opened to the public on July 1, 2011 on the Canada Olympic Park site. Calgary had been chosen out of nine bidding Canadian cities to permanently host the nation’s main sports hall of fame.
It is 44,000 square feet dedicated to Canada’s sports history, with over 500 athletes inducted. The facility features 11 exhibit galleries representing 58 sports, with more than 50 interactive experiences. Admission was $12 per person, and was well worth it.
Sports fans could spend hours here.