The power of sport in Canada is overwhelming. Whether it’s a game of ice hockey between local kids or an international competition in a world-class arena, Canada’s long sporting legacy is one of its proudest traits.
The varied Canadian climate means sport is available all year round; warm weather means the embrace of summer sports and the cold winters are perfect for ice and snow sports. Because of this, Canada is amongst the handful of countries that has hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
If the rich sporting culture has inspired you to book flights to Canada but you aren’t sure where to start, this quiz is for you.
From ice hockey to baseball, this quiz will help you find out which Canadian sport you are made to play.
So now you know if you’re a born baller or a natural skier, you just need to work out how to get started. We look at some of the country’s best places to experience your destined sport first hand.
Ice Hockey at the Centre Bell, Montreal
Home to the Montreal Canadiens, the Centre Bell is where to head if you want to experience professional ice hockey in Canada. Watch the Canadiens shred the ice whilst playing this fast-paced sport as you join the crowd in chants and screams of encouragement.
Football at the Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
The Edmonton Eskimos are one of Canada’s biggest football teams and their home turf is the Commonwealth Stadium. Built for the 1978 Commonwealth Games, the stadium is also known as The Brick Field. The Eskimos have won the Grey Cup, the championship game of the Canadian Football League, 14 times, making them second only to the Toronto Argonauts.
Soccer at the BMO Field, Toronto
BMO Field is Canada’s first soccer-specific stadium and is home to Canada’s national soccer team as well as Toronto FC. It’s a great place to experience some of the best soccer Canada has to offer. With fixtures most weeks against some of the biggest teams in North America, it’s a great place to watch a match and soak up some Canadian pride.
Lacrosse at the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Vancouver
If you are looking to learn about the rich history of lacrosse in Canada, then the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame is the ideal place to go. Walk through the halls and experience everything lacrosse including Canada’s two top lacrosse trophies, the Minto Cup and the Mann Cup. The hall of fame is also home to things like championship pictures, famous lacrosse player’s sticks, sweaters, medals and trophies, all of which have been donated for display.
Curling at the Leaside Curling Club, Toronto
The Leaside Curling Club was founded in 1963 when the locals were crying out for their own neighbourhood curling club. With 8 sheets of curling ice, a well-stocked pro-shop and a lounge to relax in after the game it’s the perfect place to go and experience this high-skill sport.
We spoke to Paivi Liitela, the general manager who told us why people who visit Canada should try a Canadian sport: “In Canada, you get both the best and the worst of what Mother Nature has to offer. And that means that we offer a wide range of sports for visitors to try, whatever the season. Winters, in particular, are cold and dark, so you need to find some way to make the days less bleak: curling is the perfect pastime. It provides a great combination of physical exercise as well as socialization. And the tradition is that at the end of a curling match, winners buy the losers a drink: doesn’t that make everyone a winner? ”
Paivi also told us why you should come to Leaside to try your hand at the sport: “I am truly passionate about the sport of curling. Not only do I manage a curling club, but I personally curl 3-4 times per week, I instruct new curlers, and I volunteer my time to support numerous curling events. I always look forward to sharing my passion for the sport with those who’ve not had the pleasure of trying it before. Nothing gives me a greater sense of personal satisfaction than when I see a smile break out on someone’s face the first time they successfully manage to get a rock to end up in the rings! And trust me, no one is going to yell at you to “hurry hard” louder than me!”
Baseball at the Rogers Centre, Toronto
Home to the Toronto Blue jays, the Rogers Centre is one of the best places to experience baseball in Canada. The two-time World Series champions bring Canadian brilliance to the American league and play some of the world’s greatest teams.
Ice Skating at the Harbour Front Natrel Rink, Toronto
If you are looking to don a pair of skates and glide around the ice then the Harbour Front Natrel Rink is ideal. Open in the winter season the rink overlooks the Toronto harbour and is surrounded by restaurants and cafes, so you can grab a drink after and watch the skaters in front of the scenic backdrop.
Basketball, lacrosse and ice hockey at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto
The Air Canada Centre is one of the country’s biggest live venues, and as well as international musicians it also plays host to the NBA basketball team Toronto Raptors, lacrosse team Toronto Rock and the NHL team Toronto Maple Leafs.
Canadian sporting history at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Calgary
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Located in at the WinSport Olympic Park (site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games), Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame features interactive exhibits and galleries containing over 100,000 sporting artefacts. Try your hand at wheelchair racing and being an ice hockey goalie in some of their interactive exhibits. A great place to learn about all of Canada’s sporting history after trying your hand at some skiing or snowboarding at the WinSport Park.
Olympic history at Park Olympique, Montreal
If you want to experience Olympic history, you can go to the Park Olympique and explore the old Olympic stadium and park. Home to the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics this stadium is a fantastic place to explore the history of the Olympic Games. Opened by Queen Elizabeth II, these games included moments like Bruce Jenner winning the gold decathlon medal and Trinidad and Tobago winning their first gold medal ever in the 100-metre dash.
If you are inspired to try your hand at one of these sports, or experience them on home turf then start planning your trip to Canada today.
Image Credit: Leaside Curling Club