The Oldest Arena in Canada
A Journey into Hockey
Some have described it as the Birthplace of Hockey. Others call it the oldest arena in Canada.
Like so much in our world today, the real answer is unclear. It is clear, however, that a building in Windsor, Nova Scotia is just not any building.
The place is the Stannus Street Rink.
The building still standing is now a former hockey arena, considered the oldest in Canada. It was built in 1897.
The building was built at that time to store lumber after the town of Windsor was destroyed by fire. Every winter, a natural ice rink was made inside. The arena was home to the Windsor Maple Leafs an amateur senior mens hockey team in the Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League from 1959 to 1964 and the Windsor Swastikas from 1905 to 1916.
The facility stopped playing host to hockey in the 1960s with the construction of Hants Exhibition Arena. A outdoor rink is used next door at Hants Aquatics Centre during the winter. The building is currently used as a winter storage facility from a local car dealership, but the town is considering purchasing the building to preserve it as a heritage site as it is currently (2016) on sale by the current owner