While you wouldn’t know it by looking at the Toronto Raptors winning record, the founder of basketball was Canadian, and the Naismith Collection Exhibit in Almonte, Ontario (just 53 kilometers from Ottawa) celebrates the life of Dr. James Naismith. Below, Weekendtrips has listed three top reasons why basketball lovers young and old should visit basketball’s founding father.
If you’re looking to do a round tour of Ottawa, the Naismith exhibit barley breaks the piggy bank. Tickets go for $10 a pop at the Old Town Hall exhibit. If you’re a huge basketball fan or work in the field of physical education, there is a year-round admission available only by appointment. For more information about tickets to the Naismith Collection Exhibit or to arrange a tour, call 613-256-8532.
What’s a weekend trip without a little eye candy? Here you’ll find a basketball collection that features many of Naismith’s personal artifacts; including his photos, manuscripts and letters. You can check out the working draft of Naismith’s book Basketball, his early elementary school report cards, and his handwritten diary from the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin (where basketball was officially embraced as an Olympic event). If you define yourself as being a true basketball enthusiast (or are always saying yaysmith to Naismith), the exhibit’s creator also offers tours of sites in the area that were prevalent to Naismith’s life.
You get more than just basketball. You get an entire Dr. James Naismith historic background beyond the game. The Basketball Foundation hosts a Naismith museum located at the Mill of Kintail (500 kilometers from Ottawa). The museum focuses on the four major stages of its namesake’s life including his birth in Eastern Ontario, his time at McGill university in Montreal, his invention of basketball at Springfield College and how he spent the last years of his life.
This is the perfect trip for the single guy or for the dad who wants to give his son a better understanding of why Canadians aren’t just about hockey. More information about the Naismith Museum is available at NaismithMuseum.com.