Canada at Play: 100 Years of Games, Toys and Sports


Classics never die.

In the dead of winter or the heat of summer, outside or inside, Canadian children have always worked hard to have fun!

This exhibition takes a look at our favourite games and toys over the past 130 years. Despite the 20th century’s astonishing developments in science, medicine and technology, some things have remained constant. Children still play with dolls and farm sets. Skating, tobogganing and playing hockey remain an integral part of Canadian winters.

The exhibition is presented in English and French, and is divided into four sections. All generations will enjoy this exhibition, celebrating what is common to us all!

Canada at Play is accompanied by two school cases full of activities and toys for a range of ages. Replicas of a tin steam roller, a wooden jumping jack, and more will transport your visitors back in time.

Topics covered

  • Winter Sports
  • At Home
  • Hand-made and Factory-made Toys
  • Educational Toys

Curriculum relevant for:

Grade Curriculum Relevance



Grade 2

Heritage and Citizenship: Traditions and Celebrations

Grade 3

Heritage and Citizenship: Pioneer Life

Grade 7-12

Canadian History


  • 5 display cases 186 x 77 x 77 cm (73 x 30 x 30 in)
  • 2 education cases 18 x 77 x 39 cm (7 x 30 x 15 in); approximate weight of each case is 14 kg (30 lbs)
  • Crate containing 5 interpretive panels 184 x 61 cm (6 x 2 ft)
  • 5 bases 26 x 64 x 46 cm (10 x 25 x 18 in)

Space required: 47 square metres (500 square feet)

Weight: 771 kg (1700 lbs)

Supplementary materials: Exhibition posters, exhibition/installation manual

Special requirements
Light levels: 150 lux
Relative humidity requirements: stable RH levels throughout the year, within a range of approximately 35-50%

Booking period: 8 weeks

Fee for 2014 rentals: $750 plus shipping costs