Sports in Orillia

Saturday, November 21, 2020 to Saturday, February 27, 2021


Curling, Lake Simcoe, Orillia

"The Roarin' Game." Taken on December 28, 1931. The men pictured are Geo. Sinclair Thos. Thomson Dr. Hamilton Jack Thomson Dr. Horne Don. MacNab M. Ferguson Tom. Harvie.


Sports is a universal language.  Our shared passion for our favourite teams is what can break through barriers of language and culture to bring people together, even in opposition.  Athletes encapsulate perseverance in their fight to be the best, and resiliency through the injuries and losses.  They are our heroes and our role models.  At the museum we are currently featuring an exhibit on some of those local athletes.


The Sports in Orillia exhibit is a showcase of artifacts from Orillia’s athletic history.  We celebrate exceptional athletes from right here in the Sunshine City. Divided into summer and winter sports, the exhibit has a range of artifacts from the OMAH collection, including a swim costume from the 1920s, Gander Ross’ MVP trophies from not one but two sports, skis from the beginning of the 20th century, two of Walter Knox’s track and field medals, and so much more. We also have a number of photos of Orillia teams: with so many local athletes, you may even find a familiar name among the players.  


In our exhibit we have attempted to display a representative selection of objects and images from some of Orillia’s favourite sports, although we know that so much more could be included.  Come visit OMAH to view the exhibit and share your own sports stories with us. 


This exhibit is curated and designed by Becca Shron, Young Canada Works intern from the Georgian College Museum and Gallery studies program.