Sporting events that Canada has to offer travellers

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

When you think of sport in Canada, you probably automatically think of ice-hockey. Whilst this and other winter sports are indeed big news in Canada, there is so much more to Canadian sport than snow and ice.

Canada has competed in every single summer Olympic event since 1900 (with the exception of the Moscow games in 1980). In 2012 they sent a total of 218 athletes who competed in 24 different events. They game away with 18 medals, a fine total and a good indication that Canada is able to complete in a good range of international sports.

Sporting Calendar

If you are planning a trip to Canada in the near future, it might be a good idea to check their sporting calendar for events taking place during your trip.


If you want to see some real Canadian ice hockey, then you will have no end of choice. Check out Hockey Canada's Events Calendar for a list of league games throughout the country as well as bigger annual tournaments such as the Memorial, TELUS and RBC Cups for some raucous fun.

Curling is as Canadian as it comes and if you want to enjoy typical Canadian sports, this is another option. The Brier which is held in March is a men's Curling competition which has been played annually since 1927 (with the exception of 1943-1945 when WWII forced a break). Twelve teams take part for the chance to win the rather splendid and much sought after Bier Tankard. The competition tours the country so you will need to check the venue for that year, tickets can also be hard to get but worth it if you can get you hands on some.

Equestrianism is big business in Canada and the annual Spruce Meadows tournament held in Calgary carries in excess of $2 million in prize money and welcomes around 50,000 spectators. Spruce Meadows is one of the world's top equestrian centres able to stable up to 1000 horses and its annual tournament is one of the best equestrian events of the year.


The Calgary Stampede is a Rodeo event held over 10 days which regularly attracts the world's best professional cowboys. With events such as barrel racing, calf roping and chuck wagon racing, this is a Canadian event like no other. Held in July, this event also attracts thousand of spectators who are treated to musical events and other entertainment as well as the rodeo and cowboy competitions and displays.

Although Canada doesn't host a Tennis Grand Slam, the annual Rogers Cup or Canadian Masters is a top ATP and WTA Tour event attracting the very best in both the men's and women's games. The event is shared by Toronto and Montreal, alternating between the cities. Past winners of this event include Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer.

This is only a few of the many events both national and international that Canada hosts each year. If you are lucky, you may be able to catch at least one during your visit, or if you need an excuse to visit, just pick a sport!

Guest post by Jamie Knop on behalf of Cheapflights the travel destination for comparing and booking flights. To find out more click here.

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