As historic Canadian institutions, Skate Canada and Canadian Tire both represent an important part of Canadian heritage and culture. In partnering together to support the sport of skating in Canada, their partnership now represents a joining of histories that celebrates the joy skating still brings to lives of Canadians.
In January 2014, the nation’s capital hosted the annual Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. As the 100th Anniversary of this historical Canadian championship, many Champions from years past were in attendance and participated in “Canada Skates! 100 Years of Champions.” Historic displays from Skate Canada’s archives were also featured during the event, including many of the long-retired trophies donated by generations of Canadian Governors General. In addition, artifacts were on display describing the history of skating in Canada and the tremendous success of Canada’s elite skating champions.
In continuing this celebration of skating in Canada, some of these priceless pieces are now on display at Canadian Tire’s head office in Toronto. Stop by the 3rd floor reception area to see the Olympic bronze medalist Tracy Wilson’s competitive dress and her partner, Rob McCall’s black skates. In addition there are several other historical pairs of skates from Skate Canada’s history.