The Pan-Am Pool was built for Canada’s first Pan-Am Games that were held in Winnipeg in 1967. In March of that year, based on the unanimous decision of City Council, Winnipeg’s Mayor, Stephen Juba, made an application to the Aquatic Federation of Canada for the Aquatic Hall of Fame and Museum of Canada to be housed in the Pan-Am Pool. Vaughan L. Baird negotiated the application on behalf of the City.
One month later Winnipeg was informed that its application for the Aquatic Hall of Fame had been accepted. It was also to become the home of the National Archives for Aquatic Sports (swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming). Three years after that, on December 14th, 1970, the Aquatic Hall of Fame and Museum of Canada Inc. (“AHFMC”) obtained letters patent and it is therefore the oldest incorporated Hall of Fame in Canada.