Sport and History in Toronto, Canada

Ref: 10003677


Postgraduate students enrolled on Business Management in the Creative Industries MSc, Business Management in Sport MSc, Cultural Events Management MSc, History MA and Creative Enterprise MSc  are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 15 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


As the largest city in Canada, Toronto is the epicentre of Canadian life in terms of business, sport, and culture.  Business, sport, and history come together in the heart of Toronto’s downtown, and this trip will demonstrate how the three industries are intertwined, providing a North American perspective on the sport industry, which often develops innovations which then spread around the world. Visits to a range of museums, sites of commemoration, and arenas will help students gain a detailed knowledge of how heritage is marketed, presented, and protected – for a city, country, and within sport.

Toronto is home to several professional teams which compete in the top North American professional sport leagues, and also serves as the location of two of the league’s offices. We will speak with staff at the National Hockey League headquarters to learn how their annual schedule is situated around key events and how those events are organised and marketed.  We will attend a Toronto Blue Jays game and also speak with a member of the organization’s charitable arm, the Jays Cares Foundation. The Hockey Hall of Fame is a major site of sport heritage addressing the game’s international, Canadian, and professional levels.

The trip will also visit Exhibition Place, which has the stadium for Toronto FC, an indoor arena where the Marlies ice hockey team plays, venues from the 2015 Pan-American Games, and the venue for the Ex and other large cultural activities. A tour of the grounds and sport stadiums, along with talks with the marketing, sales, and event staff, will provide insight into a multi-functional space and how it bridges the two industries.

Entrepreneurship and business development also forms an important part of this trip. Talks include the Sports Gallery, a store specializing in sport heritage items, and Janal Bechtold, a composer and music entrepreneur. A member of the world-renowned University of Toronto history department will give a talk to the students about Canada’s international business history, placing the country and its business within historical perspectives. As a country situated geographically next to the United States yet also a member of the British Commonwealth, Canada’s business concerns straddle these relations as well. This talk will provide the students with a greater context about the trip and the various sites and talks scheduled.

Cultural activities

Cultural visits will be embedded into the trip, including a walking tour of the Distillery District and a Niagara Falls day trip (£70) is included in the itinerary as well. In addition to the visit to Niagara Falls and the Walk Behind the Falls, students may additionally add the Hornblower boat tour into the Falls (£20). In addition, the trip to Toronto coincides with the Canadian Sport Film Festival and we will attend one of the screenings at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (£7).

During their free time students can go to the top of the CN Tower, for three decades the world’s largest free-standing structure, and the city’s many museums: the Royal Ontario Museum, the Bata Shoe Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gardiner Museum (ceramics), and the Canadian Textile Museum.

Please note that students will be required to pay for all activities in advance of the trip (Niagara Falls boat tour is optional).

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Please note that students will be required to pay for their flights and accommodation and successfully obtain a visa or ETA prior to being awarded the DMU Global bursary.

Contact details

Visa information

To take part in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that meet Canadian immigration requirements.

All students will require an ETA or some kind of visa to travel to the Canada. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Friday 5 June 2020
  • Return date: Friday 12 June 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £710
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers (£120), cultural visits (£185), food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 10 February 2020 9am