Arguably the most prestigious competition for the sport in the annual calendar, the ISU World Figure Skating Championships are an opportunity for Canada’s top athletes to compete on an international stage…or ice arena!
2016 was no different, with the likes of figure skater Patrick Chan and pair Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford competing at the event.
The competition, which took place from March 28th until April 3rd, brought with it highs for a country that prides itself on winter sports. Skating partnership Duhamel and Radford rallied against their bronze placement last year to take home the gold in the 2016 pairs event. See their amazing routine below.
Canada isn’t just praised for its figure skating, however. Check out these other winter sports:
Boasting several scenic mountain ranges, skiing in Canada is some of the best in the world. From cross-country to downhill, Canada offers a whole host of resorts that cater to every skill level and ski preference. Skiing remains a popular Canadian pastime, with people of all ages and experience joining in the fun at resorts such as Whistler Blackcomb. Avid skiers will also recognise the Alberta region as home to three of Canada’s best known ski resorts; Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper offer skiing against the stunning backdrop of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Slower in pace, curling is the ideal winter sport for the perfectionist with timing, measurement and steadiness being essential elements of success in this event. Although originally hailing from Scotland, curling has developed a wide following in Canada and today there are some 15,000 hopefuls across the country aspiring to make it to the national championships one day. Those excited about the sport, should head to Manitoba later in the year for the crème de la crème of professional curling events, where the 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup will be held at the Keystone Centre from November 30th until December 4th.
No round up of Canadian sports, let alone winter activities, would be complete without mentioning ice hockey. With an estimated 600,000 registered hockey players, Canada is proud to claim the highest percentage of registered players in any country around the globe. If you’re looking to soak up the rink-side action for yourself, a trip to Montreal certainly won’t disappoint with the city establishing the National Hockey League in 1917. Today, Montreal showcases the best of the country’s hockey players in regular league games, where spectators can see teams such as the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs battle it out on the ice.