Our Story

For over 50 years, the community has entrusted the BC Sports Hall of Fame with the responsibility to collect, preserve, study, and interpret materials that relate to British Columbia’s rich sport history.

Our History

The BC Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1966 by Eric Whitehead and a group of sports-minded individuals. The goal was to establish a permanent tribute honouring BC’s outstanding athletes, teams and builders of sport. Since that time, 406 individuals and 63 teams have been inducted into the Hall. The BC Sports Hall of Fame educates and entertains through its programs and collections by telling stories of outstanding achievements in sport in British Columbia. It showcases the accomplishments of individual athletes and teams, as well as those who have contributed to the development of sport in the province. Internationally recognized as a leader in BC sport history, researchers, writers, media members and sport historians have gained access to and an appreciation of BC’s rich sporting heritage through the extensive artifact and archival collection. The BC Sports Hall of Fame is committed to working collaboratively with the community. Through museum displays, educational programming and outreach, the Hall advances its mission of building outstanding community legacies by honouring the past and inspiring the future.

Brand Pillars

Honoured
Members

Celebrating Honoured Members in everything we do.

Sustainable
Partnerships

Creating Sustainable Partnerships everywhere we go.

Inspired
Experiences

Sparking Inspired Experiences with everyone we meet.

Timeline

May 31, 1966

Founded by the late Eric Whitehead and a group of sport-minded individuals, the BC Sports Hall of Fame is incorporated as a Society under the Province of British Columbia’s Societies Act.

August 23, 1966

The BC Sports Hall of Fame officially opens to the public, located in the BC Pavilion on the Pacific National Exhibition grounds.

April 1969

The 1st annual BC Sports Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions is held.

May 1981

The W.A.C. Bennett Award, honouring the late BC premier, is established as the BC Sports Hall of Fame’s highest honour. The late Terry Fox is the inaugural recipient.

May 1992

After years of planning and construction, the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum’s new 20,000 square foot facility at BC Place Stadium officially opens to the public.

March 2004

The Hero In You youth education program is launched.

January 2012

After a 20-month closure while BC Place’s roof is replaced, the BC Sports Hall of Fame reopens to the public fully renovated and featuring new galleries such as the Vancouver 2010 Gallery and Hall of Champions.

July 2014 

The new signature exhibition, A Week You’ll Remember a Lifetime, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games opens to the public with thirty 1954 Games athletes in attendance.

2016

The BC Sports Hall of Fame celebrates its 50th Anniversary with events and initiatives held throughout the year including the 50 Golden Moments campaign, in which the public votes to determine the 50 biggest moments in BC sports history. Terry Fox’s 1980 Marathon of Hope is ultimately crowned the winner.

April 2019

The Indigenous Sport Gallery receives a Canadian Museums Association Award of Outstanding Achievement, marking the first time in the BC Sports Hall of Fame’s history it has received this level of recognition.