Do the London Olympics inspire you to learn more about the history of the evolution of sports in Canada? If so, a great place to begin your research is at Library and Archives Canada. We hold the records of the national bodies for the following sports:
- Synchronized Swimming
- Curling (men’s)
- Curling (women’s)
- Field Hockey
- Figure Skating
- Track and Field
- Water Skiing
You will also find more information in the Fitness and Amateur Sport Branch records of the former Department of National Health and Welfare (now Health Canada); this is the main source for learning about the federal government’s involvement in the area of sports. It includes over 40,000 photographs documenting the performance of Canadian athletes at national and international competitions (including the Olympics) during the 1960s and 1970s.
For more information on sports, please visit our other websites:
- Backcheck: A Hockey Retrospective
- Backcheck: Hockey for Kids
- Bonspiel! The History of Curling in Canada
- Celebrating Women’s Achievements
- Sporting Lives: Images of Canadian Athletes (archived site)
Please remember that not all of our material is available online; however, it is possible to order archival material through our online Request for Retrieval of Documents Form, or by telephone at 613-996-5115 or 1-866-578-7777 (toll-free).
Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you!