Sports and Activities
Ski and snowboard
Perhaps it was not until the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games that the world realized the tremendous potential of Canada’s ski areas , but people had been enjoying it for a long time. From Quebec to Ontario and from Alberta to British Columbia, all Canadians seem to have been born to put on skis. Visitors will discover internationally renowned resorts, but nothing better than asking locals where their favorite mountain is: for every glitzy resort, there are several more modest sites where the slopes and atmosphere can be more user-friendly.
In Canada, you do not have to be a seasoned hiker to have fun. While there are courses of several days for those who want to fully immerse themselves in nature, but we can also countless small friendly walks, for example around a lake, including a stop in a pub at the end of the day. course.
Punctuated by fabulous viewpoints accessible to the most experienced and beginners, Banff National Park is the Mecca of hiking. In this park, the Sunshine Meadows allow you to cross landscapes covered with alpine flowers and admire some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Canada, with the bonus of eagles circling in the sky. Also in the Rockies, Jasper’s surroundings enjoy breathtaking views of glaciers.
Bike and mountain bike
In many countries, bicycle enthusiasts wander mostly in rural or urban areas, or along rivers, but in Canada, they prefer to hurtle down the mountain slopes, covered with mud, on an ATV. The relief lends itself perfectly.
With its countless massifs, Canada is an ideal destination for climbing , for day outings or adventures of several days.
The Squamish area, between Vancouver and Whistler, has dozens of peaks that are more or less easily accessible. Check with Squamish Rock Guides
Kayak and canoe
Even if you do not have enough time for a sea kayaking multi-day odyssey – in the Canadian Arctic or along the wild east coast of Vancouver Island, for example – the possibilities of handling the paddles are not lacking in Canada. In British Columbia, Vancouver and Victoria offer tours and courses near the city, while the Sunshine Coast and Salt Spring Island combine rugged coastline and quiet coves.
As old and as Canadian as kayaking, canoeing will allow experienced paddlers to venture into one of the 33 ranked rivers in the Canadian Heritage Rivers System The Athabasca (in the Rockies) and Cowichan (Vancouver Island) rivers are among the most fabulous. Ontario’s parks, such as Lake Superior Park and Algonquin Park are canoeing paradises.
Rafting enthusiasts will be able to descend the rapids of Jasper National Park.
If the pleasures of the beach draw you, win the wild coastline of Vancouver Island and explore the beaches around Tofino. The region has many surf schools and equipment rental companies. Whether you’re facing the reels or just watching the surfers, lying on the sand, the fun is the same, as the site, with the tropical rainforest in the background, is idyllic.
The best season runs from June to September, but the hardest surfers do not hesitate to face the winter storms.
Although Canada is a multi-denominational country, one religion overrides all others: hockey – and do not dare to talk about ice hockey . This sport awakens the fanaticism of the most fervent supporters and the trajectory of a puck can trigger a collective hysteria by itself, especially when the local team has just lost the play-offs of the Stanley Cup (as this has been the case in recent years).
While it is sometimes difficult to get places for certain games – those of the Montreal Canadiens, for example, are often full and it is essential to reserve tickets as soon as possible for the season from September to June – you can attend to a match elsewhere than in a stadium. To put yourself in the shoes of a supporter of a Canadian hockey team, go to a pub or a bistro on a game night and let yourself be carried away by the emotion. You’ll also drink beer much better than the expensive sodas sold in the stadiums.
Nothing to do with soccer or even football. With eight major teams, the Canadian Football League (CFL) ranks second after hockey in the hearts of many Canadian sports fans. If Canadian football is very much like American football – huge paddings, oval ball, and tackle that can defeat a grizzly bear – the games are played in 12-12 and on bigger ground.
The playoff games, or play-offs, are the occasion of noisy celebrations in the host cities: the fans of the visiting clubs proudly wear the jersey of their team and bawl the name of the latter to express their unconditional passion.
The soccer – do not say “soccer”, we would not understand you – is a popular team sport for Canadians. However, like the United States, it has never really reached the level of other professional sports on the continent. But we can not curb a hobby so appreciated, and if we struggled at first to bring reinforcement (stars on the decline of Europe and South America), recent leagues enjoy today from a much stronger base.
Following the 2004 relocation of the Expos from Montreal to Washington (now the Nationals), Canada’s only Major League Baseball (LMB) team is the Toronto Blue Jays, a member of the Eastern Division. of the American League. Founded in 1977 and based downtown in the huge SkyDome – today named Rogers Center – it’s the only non-American team to win the World Series (1993). For club news and season tickets, from April to early October,