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Sport in Canada

Canada has a wide range of popular sports from ice hockey to curling. Lacrosse is one of its most popular sports and traditionally has Native American roots. Other popular games include basketball, baseball, football and ice hockey.

Olympic rings at WhistlerOlympic rings at Whistler, Canada

Lacrosse was declared Canada's national game in 1859. However, in 1994, Canadian Parliament passed Canada's National Sport Act, which made lacrosse the national summer sport, and hockey the national winter sport. Hockey is the quintessential Canadian sport and players have done quite well in it internationally, including in the NHL and the Olympic Games.

Canada has been present in all the Winter Olumpic Games and almost all of the Summer Games since they first participated in the 1900 except when they took part in the 1980 Moscow Games US-led boycott. Canada has also hosted the Olympic Games three times in Montreal (1976, Summer), Calgary (1988, Winter) and Vancouver (2010, Winter). So far the Canadian athletes with the most Olympic medals are Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes both with 6 medals. Jayna Hefford, Hayley Wickenheiser and Caroline Ouellette however had taken home the most gold with four for each.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Canada. See also the list the most popular internet searches for "sports" in Canada.

Popular sports of Canada (see more)

Regional or Traditional Sports of Canada

Canada Sporting Success

Great athletes from Canada

Canada Sports trivia

Canada at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Canada

Upcoming sporting events in Canada

Annual sporting events held in Canada

Sporting Facilities in Canada


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