15 fun facts about the 150 Play List

With the ParticipACTION 150 Play List coming to an end, it’s time to look back and celebrate what an amazing journey it’s been.

This year Canadians across the country enthusiastically took on the 150 Play List challenge to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. We got off the couch, outside and moving, checking off over 2.3 million activities – collectively that is!

The 150 Play List inspired and motivated Canadians to get outside more, spend less time on screens, and try new activities like Side Reach, Geocaching, Pickleball and Axe Throwing. Even better, 91% of participants said they intend to maintain this new level of physical activity even after the program is over.

Now for some fun facts.

  1. The top five activities tracked nationally were: Walking, Housework, Fitness Activities, Dog Walking and Gardening.
  2. In typical Canadian fashion, Canadians were checking off activity #132 snow shoveling in September.
  3. Global Calgary’s Jordan Witzel got confused by the Play List activity swinging.” The hilarious video raked up over 1.8 million views.
  4. Canada’s favourite winter sport, hockey, was tracked 10,240 times and Canada’s national summer sport, lacrosse, was tracked 5,909 number of times.
  5. Manitoban Nana Linda's journey to complete all 150 activities was inspirational.
  6. All 150 activities can be adapted for persons with disabilities.
  7. Play List participants said some of the most unique activities they tried were: axe throwing, geocaching and grounders.
  8. Canadians tracked the traditional Indigenous activities on the Play List over 124,000 times.
  9. 150 Play List enthusiast Peter Mills did the polar dip in Regina – on one of the coldest days of the year and in a full business suit.
  10. More than 400 weekly and monthly prizes were given out. The grand prize was $40,000 towards a brand-new Chevrolet.
  11. The Play List Crew visited every province and territory in Canada (at least twice), stopped at 11 provincial and territorial capitals, travelled a total of 151,048 km on the road, and flew to remote towns like Kugluktuk and Arviat in Nunavut.
  12. National sport organizations helped the Play List celebrate 29 sport days.
  13. @SwelSheila from Prince Rupert, B.C. documented her adventures to complete all 150 activities.
  14. A Grade 2 elementary school teacher in Calgary tackled every activity on the Play List.
  15. Play List participants were from every province and territory, with Ontario having the most engaged in online tracking.

Remember, although the program has come to an end, moving more and sitting less shouldn’t! Being active is a part of who we are as Canadians, and we should continue to celebrate that every day.