Cutouts of notable Canadian women

Discover the challenges and achievements of women throughout Canada's history.

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Museum of Surrey 17710 56A Avenue

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The exhibit explores the incredible impact women have had on Canadian society from1867 to the present day. 


Recognizing Their Accomplishments

Often overlooked in history books, women’s contributions helped shaped Canada, resulting in the country we know today. This exhibit tells the too often untold stories of 150 years of women’s issues in Canada. Themes include work, education, body, politics and violence against women. Each thematic area includes historic and contemporary narratives, multimedia presentations and artifacts. Highlighted throughout are Canadian women who have been “trailblazers” in bringing about social and political change. Be inspired by Hide Hyodo Shimizu, a teacher who organized a school system in BC’s Japanese internment camps during WWII. Learn about Sheila Watt-Cloutier OC, a respected Inuit leader who has received international recognition and acclaim in the areas of rights activism, environmental and climate change awareness and social justice. 

Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867 was originally developed by the Waterloo Region Museum and was funded by the Region of Waterloo.  

Attaining the vote was just one moment in a long history of women’s achievements in Canada.

Women in Hockey

We all know children learn best through play! They are sure to enjoy the hands-on hockey game featuring famous Canadian female players from a variety of time periods. From Lady Stanley, who played in the first recorded female hockey game in 1889, to Manon Rheaume, the first woman to play in an NHL game, the display also explores the history of women’s hockey in Canada. And modern day women are included too. Don't miss items worn by Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser, on loan from the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Something for Everyone

The exhibit reminds us of the accomplishments of our mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters. It is an ideal opportunity for people of all ages and identifications to learn about the challenges faced by women both historically and today. The exhibit also examines work that still needs to be done in the 21st century with respect to women’s rights, different experiences based on race, class and ethnicity, and the experiences of the “everyday” woman. 


Pre-Register for a Visit

Call 604-592-6956 to register for a one hour visit of the entire museum. 


Wednesday to Saturday
9:30am - 4:30pm

The museum follows all citywide COVID-19 safety protocols. A maximum of 40 visitors are allowed in the museum at a time for one way visits. Upon arrival, please wait outside until invited in, observing COVID-19 health protocols. Masks are mandatory and must be worn in all City facilities. Reusable Museum of Surrey masks are available for purchase for $6 plus tax.