There are many factors that make Canada unique and interesting. Its pleasant climate, low crime rate, strong economy, its proximity to the US, and many others make it one of the best places to visit or live in the world.
Canadian people also highly value some sporting activities not just for fun but also for fostering the country’s unity. Therefore, Canada has become a country of various games and sports. Here we have enlisted the top ten most popular sports in Canada.
1. Ice Hockey
Ice hockey is regarded as the most popular sport in Canada and has been named as Canada’s official national sport. The National Hockey League (NHL), the Canadian Ice hockey league, is established both in Canada and the US. Canada has 7 teams currently taking part in the NHL, including Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadians, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, and Winnipeg Jets.
Canada also holds several semi-professional and amateur leagues on ice hockey. The sport is governed by the Hockey Canada.
Lacrosse was declared a Canada’s national game in 1859 and a summer sport in 1994. The sport is governed by the Canadian Lacrosse Association formed in 1925 and is played by thousands of people across the country.
Canada holds two professional lacrosse leagues, including the Major League Lacrosse for the field lacrosse league and the National Lacrosse League for the box lacrosse league.
Soccer has become popular in Canada for many years. Although soccer was played under a variety of rules in Canada, the main concept of soccer was there. The first soccer match took place in Toronto in 1876 between two local clubs.
Canada organized the FIFA Women’s World cup in 2015 which lasted for about one month. Soccer earns the third place in the list of top ten most popular sports in Canada.