The emotions and funfair that is usually associated with sports events are not absent in Canada. A country which has about one-third of its population actively thrill themselves with professional sports contents. From the National Hockey League which is a favourite pastime of most Canadians to the antics of top players such as Tiger Woods on the golf lawns, as well as the rise of new competitive sports such as Esports.
Aside from being a favourable pass time, sports are played as a means of recreation in the North America nation. Over 1.3 million Canadians actively participate in recreational Ice Hockey games, which further adds to the popularity of the deeply cultural ingrained sport in Canada. Here are the top-10 trending most popular sports in Canada, 2019.
1. Ice Hockey
Canada’s climate makes Ice Hockey a choice sports to engage in as well as to keep tabs on in the most advanced level of the game. With about seven national Hockey League (NHL) teams namely, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Montreal and Calgary, the NHL is watched by the majority of Canadians. The 2018 NHL playoffs were viewed by about 68% of the Canadian population, this fact further solidifies Ice Hockey as the most popular sport in Canada.
As far back as the 17tth century, lacrosse has been a game Canadians have engaged in with utter delight. A fast-paced sport which has gained momentum since it was recognized as a summer Olympics game, lacrosse is considered as Canada’s summer sport which attracts thousands of fans. Though the sports may not be enjoyed by many outside the shores of Canada, lacrosse has established itself as a major sport in the North America nation. Canada is also considered a major rival in the world lacrosse stage. In 2006, a fierce and determined Canada ended a 28-year lacrosse tournament drought when they won the World Lacrosse Championship defeating the USA.
In the world in general, soccer is the number one sports with fans in every corner of the earth. The passion and emotions of soccer games bring can be seen in Canada. The game of soccer can, however, be traced to 1876 when the first soccer match was held. Ever since then, Canada has risen to become a contender in soccer tournaments. According to the world soccer governing body, FIFA, about 2,695,712 played professional soccer in Canada in 2006. That number has continued to rise ever since then.
The game of baseball needs no introduction in Canada. At the apex level of the game, the Major League Baseball, several stars trace their origins to Canada. Aside from Major League Baseball, baseball games in Canada attract a significant number of spectators as well as competitors. In 2016, Baseball Canada reported that the sports attracted about 120,000 players which were a significant rise from that of last year. That number continues to see progress as the thrills of the sports heighten.
Considered one of the fastest-growing sports in Canada, the game of cricket which runs back to 1892. There are about 40,000 cricketers in Canada, that number continues to increase with the emergence of domestic cricket tournaments such as National T20 Championship and Scotia Shield U-19 which serves to attract more people to the competitive sports.
A fiercely competitive sport on the global stage, tennis has seen its popularity rise in Canada in recent years. The increased popularity of the sports can be attributed to major tennis tournament held in Canada such as the Canada Davis cup, and the Canada Fed Cup, the Canada Open as well as six ATP tour tournaments which brings some of the top players in the game of tennis to show their impressive antics to the delight of Canadians. The National Bank Cup also brings tennis to the spotlight in Canada.
Another sport which has continued to gain popularity in Canada since its inception in 1823 is Rugby. In Canada, there are about 29,000 rugby players. On the international stage, Canada is considered a tier two rugby nation. Several domestic tournaments such as the Canadian Rugby Championship and continental tournaments such as the Americas Rugby Championship has brought rugby to the fore and has helped considerably to make the sports moderately popular sports in Canada.
2019 was a really amazing year for basketball lovers in Canada. Its domestic Basketball team based in Toronto, the Toronto Raptors defeated the not so invincible Golden State Warriors to claim the NBA championship. Thanks to the exploit of the Toronto Raptors, about 15.9 million Canadians which represents 44% of its population tuned to the NBA finals. On the global stage, Canada participates in various international basketball tournaments such as the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the summer Olympics. Though the inventor of the game of basketball, James Naismith hails from Canada, the sports ranks as 8th most popular sports in Canada.
Outside the boundary of Canada, curling may be greeted with bewilderment by sports lovers but in Canada, curling is celebrated. Sometimes referred to as chess on ice, curling which was first played in the medieval periods in Scotland is coordinated by Curling Canada. The popular sports in Canada is heavily concentrated in the Prairie Provinces. Tournaments such as the Canada Curling Club Championship brings public attention to the sports.
Since its introduction in the 15th century in Canada, golf has gained significant attention and acclaim in Canada. Canada has several professional golfers who continue to thrill fans with antics. There exist over 100 golf courses in Canada. The Canadian Open, as well as other top-rated tournaments which bring some of the biggest names in the golf world to Canada, helps to bring public attention to the dynamic sports of golf.
There you have it—our list of the top-10 trending most popular sports in Canada, 2019. Which sports did you expect on this list? Please share in the comments section below.