Canadian Sports Sites for Kids. Places Named for Speedsters, by Christopher MacKinnon

By Christopher MacKinnon

In Canada, activities aren’t simply leisure; they’re actually a part of the panorama. We’ve named every thing from parks and streets to colleges and stadiums after a few of our favorite professional athletes and activities figures earlier and present.

Wayne Gretzky force, Mike Weir Park, Roberto Luongo area, the Cindy Klassen Centre, Justin Morneau box — Canadian activities websites for children is your exciting, map-filled guidebook to hundreds of thousands of those unique destinations. The fast paced tales, maps, and lists spotlight every little thing you want to learn about Canada’s activities geography.

Plus, discover different little-known websites of curiosity, such as:

• The Canadian urban that named a park after an arm-wrestling promoter

• The Ontario city that honoured a hockey fan with a spot identify

• The Prince Edward Island village the place the largest road is termed for the author of “The Hockey Song”

• The whereabouts of...

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On September 14, 2005, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Governor General Adrienne Clarkson announced she was donating a new championship trophy for the top women’s hockey club in Canada. The Clarkson Cup was first won in 2009 by the Montreal Stars. The creation of the Clarkson Cup happened just a year after the naming of Adrienne Clarkson Public School in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and two years after the naming of Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School in Nepean, Ontario. Clare’s Bears Clare Drake coached briefly with the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL and the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL, but he is best remembered for his record-setting career with the University of Alberta (U of A) Golden Bears.

Mr. Badminton Badminton champion Jack Purcell — namesake of Ottawa’s Jack Purcell Lane — was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1973 despite never playing a single match at the Olympic Games. In fact, badminton was not even an Olympic sport at the time of his induction. How did that happen? In selecting Purcell, the Canadian Olympic Committee explained that, based on his brilliant role as a builder of the sport in Canada and the world, he should be inducted anyway. Horsing Around Human athletes aren’t the only ones with Canadian places named after them.

In fact, badminton was not even an Olympic sport at the time of his induction. How did that happen? In selecting Purcell, the Canadian Olympic Committee explained that, based on his brilliant role as a builder of the sport in Canada and the world, he should be inducted anyway. Horsing Around Human athletes aren’t the only ones with Canadian places named after them. In Toronto, the names of two thoroughbred race horses can be found on street signs. Northern Dancer Boulevard is a tribute to the 1968 winner of the Kentucky Derby, while Nearctic Drive is a nod to Nearctic, the 1956 winner of the Victoria Stakes and the Michigan Mile.

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