Play Hard, Fight Hard: Sport & the Canadian Military

Play Hard, Fight Hard: Sport & the Canadian Military

A groundbreaking exhibit created in partnership between The Military Museums and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame of Calgary, Alberta. Exploring the relationship between sports and military service, dating back to the First World War, over 200 artefacts across fourteen sports are represented. The personal stories of honoured members from the Hall of Fame that proudly served in multiple branches of the military are featured throughout. Programs such as Soldier On–which uniquely combines military service with athletics–is also highlighted.

There are two versions of this exhibit available for rent: a 3D version with artefacts (further information is below) and a 2D version that consists of information panels and audiovisual components only. For more information about the 2D exhibit, visit this link.


Il s’agit d’une exposition unique créée grâce à un partenariat entre les Musées militaires de Calgary et le Panthéon des sports canadiens. On y explore la relation entre les sports et le service militaire, relation qui remonte à la Première Guerre mondiale. On y trouve également plus de 295 artefacts liés à quatorze sports et on y décrit l’histoire de militaires honorés par le Panthéon des sports canadiens qui ont servi dans l’une ou l’autre des éléments des Forces armées. D’autres programmes, tel que Sans limites, qui conjuguent de manière unique le service militaire et les prouesses athlétiques, sont également mis en vedette dans cette nouvelle exposition. Sans limites est une initiative des Services de bien-être et moral des Forces canadiennes qui aide les militaires en service actif et les anciens combattants à surmonter leurs blessures physiques ou leurs problèmes de santé mentale grâce à des activités physiques et sportives.

Languages: French, English

Rental Cost: Under $5,000 (USD)

Shipping Cost: Inbound, one-way

Insurance: Additional

Minimum Rental Period: 12 weeks

Size: Under 5000 sq ft / 465 sq m

Availability: 2020 and beyond

Security Level: Moderate

Number of Crates: 7

Total Crated Weight: Original Objects: yes

Interactives: 1 touch screen

Special Requirements: Borrowers have the option to omit certain segments of the exhibit and/or include items from their own collections. Mannequins are included, but the borrower must supply their own display cases (up to 14, with an average size of 2 ft. by 4 ft. to accommodate artefacts from all the sports represented).

Supplementary Materials: Educational materials

Aurora Museum & Archives, Aurora, Ontario Oct. 17, 2018 – Jan. 23, 2019

Royal Canadian Artillery Museum, Shilo, Manitoba Feb. 8, 2019 – Apr. 26, 2019

Military Communications & Electronics Museum, Kingston Ontario (Pending) May 14, 2019 – Aug. 23, 2019

Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, Regina, Saskatchewan Sep. 6, 2019 – Jan. 30, 2019

Scheduled Maintenance, Calgary AB: February 2020

Penticton Museum & Archives: March to June 2020

Fort Saint Jean Museum, Saint-Jean-sur-RichelieuQuebec (Pending) July – September 2020

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame: October 2020 to March 2021

Available: April 2021 and beyond


For more information, please contact:

Lending Organization: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
Contact Person: Bala Bhaskar
Telephone: +1-403-776-1060
Website: (3D version) or visit the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame website for the 2D version.