Popular Terry Fox exhibition to travel across Canada

Popular Terry Fox exhibition to travel across Canada Gatineau, Quebec, February 9, 2016 — Just as Terry Fox ran more than halfway across the country during the Marathon of Hope, the exhibition Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada is about to set off on its own cross-Canada tour. Sharing the life and incredible accomplishment of one of the most inspiring Canadians, the exhibition features a wide array of artifacts and archival materials, displayed together publicly for the first time.

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After a very successful presentation at the Canadian Museum of History where it welcomed more than 215,000 visitors before closing in January, the exhibition is now travelling. Confirmed venues are THEMUSEUM in Kitchener (April 8 to June 16, 2016), the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg (July 14 to October 10, 2016) and the Royal BC Museum in Victoria (April to October 2017).

“This exhibition would not have been possible without the great generosity of the Fox family, and their willingness to share Terry with the world,” said Jean-Marc Blais, Director General of the Canadian Museum of History. “More than 35 years after his astonishing achievement, Terry Fox remains a hero for Canadians. This tour will give more people a chance to marvel at his determination and courage.”

“During the Marathon of Hope and the months that followed, Canadians filled our home in Port Coquitlam, B.C., with scrapbooks, letters and gifts,” said Darrell Fox, Terry’s brother. “We’re honoured to share some of our collection and to help tell this important story.”

“We’re thrilled to be the first museum to host this travelling exhibition,” said David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM. “The tour will enable many more people to understand why some consider Terry Fox to be the greatest Canadian of all time.”

Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada was produced by the Canadian Museum of History, in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre.

Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of History is Canada’s largest and most popular cultural institution, attracting over 1.2 million visitors each year. The Museum’s principal role is to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the events, experiences, people and objects that have A smaller version of the exhibition — tailor-made for smaller venues — have already been presented in Thunder Bay and Edmonton, and will continue to tour until 2018 in at least eight different venues across Ontario and Western Canada.
shaped Canada’s history and identity, as well as to enhance Canadians’ awareness of world history and culture. Work of the Canadian History Museum is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.

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