Galt Arena Gardens celebrates its 100th anniversary 

On January 20, 2022, the City of Cambridge marks a century of history and memories at Galt Arena Gardens. Over the past 100 years, thisGalt Arena Gardens 100th anniversary logo building has been at the heart of the community.

Galt Arena Gardens is believed to be the world’s oldest continually operating arena, and despite some setbacks, the arena has never missed an ice season.  

It has been a place for players and fans alike to gather and celebrate sports. Over time, the arena has held numerous events from circuses to the annual elementary school ice skating races. It has provided service to residents and their visitors, whether for sports, religious gatherings, or industrial shows. The local arena has remained a landmark for Galt and Cambridge residents since its opening. It’s a unique building, as the architecture provides a rare example of a barn style arena.

At times, some of the hockey greats called this ice surface (measuring 185x85 feet) home ice – Gordie Howe, Terry Sawchuk, Kenny Wharram, and Bobby Hull – when they played some of their junior hockey here. 

Located at 98 Shade Street, Galt Arena Gardens operates seven days a week from September to April and five days a week, May through August.

Find more below:

Celebration activities
Memories of Galt Arena Gardens Engage page
Historical Photo Gallery
Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame display
Milestone timeline
In the News
Sponsorship opportunities


 Celebration activities

The City aims to offer nearly 100 different happenings for the community to celebrate together throughout the year. See ways for you to get involved and learn more below. Keep checking back for additional opportunities to participate.

 

Hockey memorabilia 

Available for a limited time at the Service Cambridge counter in City Hall and in the fall at Galt Arena Gardens.

Galt Arena Gardens Hockey Memorabilia

 

Roller skating 

Many have fond memories of roller skating nights at the Galt Arena Gardens! We will once again be hosting roller skating for all ages to enjoy, free of charge. 

Roller skate rentals are included with your registration or bring your own—roller blades also welcome. 

Dates:
Saturday June 25
Saturday July 9
Saturday July 16 

Time slots:
6-7 p.m.
7:15-8:15 p.m.
8:30-9:30 p.m.

Register now

 

Galt Arena Gardens Centennial Celebration

Galt Arena Gardens Centennial Celebration

Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate the 100 years of memories that have taken place in our historic arena on June 18, 2022. 

Event Sponsors: 
AeconWFCU Credit Union


 Memories of Galt Arena Gardens

Visit the Memories of Galt Arena Gardens Engage page throughout this centennial year to share your memories, stories, and photos—or simply appreciate the virtual stroll down memory lane through posts shared by others.

Visit Engage Page


Historical Photo Gallery

Scroll through the historical documents and photos in the gallery below. 

Photo Gallery: Galt Arena Historical Photos will appear here on the public site.

Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame display

Red hockey sweater with three black and white photos in front

The Galt Arena Gardens is currently featuring a Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame display, sharing sports treasures and wealth of knowledge about our city’s sport history from the past 100 years.

The display will be available to the public, offering visitors the opportunity to take in the display and learn about all the teams that have played and championships won at Galt Arena Gardens. Unique historical pieces are included, such as an original program from the first hockey game played in Galt Arena Gardens and the Galt Red Wings Junior A sweater worn by Fred Glover when he played in the 1940s. Visitors will be able to learn about hockey legend Gordie Howe’s career in Galt and view photos from back in the day.

We encourage everyone to visit the Sports Hall of Fame display!


 Milestone timeline

Learn more about Galt Arena Garden's long history through the graphic below. Click on the image to make the text larger to read and enjoy. 

Timeline with multiple bullet points and historical photos


 In the News


Sponsorship opportunities

Businesses can take part in the celebrations through various sponsorship opportunities. For further details on ways to connect with the community and build brand awareness, contact Leanne Bond at BondL@cambridge.ca.