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5 biggest sports in Canada

5 biggest sports in Canada

Published by Programme B

Canada is a country that enjoys a lot of sporting activities. Since the 18th century, organized sports have been enjoyed by millions of citizens year in, year out. Today, there are about 20 different sports which are officially played in Canada, and in this article, we will be looking at 5 of the biggest in the country.

  1. Lacrosse

Of course, this was always going to be number 1. Lacrosse, which has been played for more than half a millennium now, is referred to as the national sport of Canada. It is played by thousands of Canadians and enjoyed by millions. 

  1. Ice hockey

If you are new to sports betting in Canada, we’ll tell you this; ice hockey is one sport to consider investing in. It’s absolutely huge in this part of the world and pretty easy to bet on. 

But hey, if you’re going to bet, make sure you do it legally. A good start is to check out the Ontario gambling age and be sure that you’re legally allowed to place bets in the province.

If you are, then you should definitely go ahead and bet on Canada’s national pastime.

  1. Basketball

First of all, James Naismith, the man who invented basketball was Canadian, so the sport was always going to be big in Canada. Yes, the Americans have since taken the game and made it their own, but Canadians still don’t joke with their basketball, especially those in Ontario, Southern Alberta, and Nova Scotia.

And surely, the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA in 2019 has done more to increase the popularity of the sport among Candians in recent years.

  1. Canadian football

Canadians own this sport and it is no wonder it is so huge in the country. Just from a glance, you might mistake Canadian football for American football, but they are actually different sports, albeit similar in many ways.

This sport is really popular in Canada and it is enjoyed across all levels. High schoolers, juniors, and college students all play Canadian football. And of course, it is also played at professional and semi-professional levels.

  1. Soccer

Soccer is another big sport in Canada, and it just keeps gaining more ground in the country by the day.

The Canadian Premier League is doing a lot to promote the sport in the country, and the Canadian teams currently competing in the MLS are also playing their part in exporting the Canadian game to the rest of the world.

And since Toronto FC became MLS Cup champions in 2017, Canadian soccer has acquired more attention from all around the continent.

And let’s not forget the national teams. The Canadian women’s national soccer team are current Olympic gold medalists, while the men’s team have managed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup this year for the first time since 1986.

But the game of soccer will only get bigger here with the World Cup confirmed to be coming to Canada for the first time ever in 2026.

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