The Grey Cup National Historic Event

Toronto, Ontario
Grey Cup © Chris Young, Canadian Press
Grey Cup plaque
© Chris Young, Canadian Press
100th Anniversary of Grey Cup © Chris Young, Canadian PressGrey Cup © Chris Young, Canadian Press
Address : Toronto, Ontario

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2012-11-05
  • 1909 to 1909 (Established)

Event, Person, Organization:
  • Lionel Conacher  (Person)
Other Name(s):
  • The Grey Cup  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 2012-29

Importance: The Grey Cup – championship game and trophy – celebrates the best of Canadian professional football.


Existing plaque:  Varsity Centre, University of Toronto,, Toronto, Ontario

For more than a century, the Grey Cup has brought Canadians together to celebrate our brand of football, our country, and the bond between them. The annual Grey Cup, played here on 30 occasions, is a national championship game that has produced such memorable contests as the “Mud Bowl”, the “Fog Bowl,” and the “Ice Bowl.” Donated in 1909 by Governor General Earl Grey, first won by the University of Toronto and now awarded to the champions of the Canadian Football League, the Grey Cup trophy has become a symbol of sporting excellence and Canadian unity.