With so many months of cold, wintery conditions, it’s no wonder that Canucks excel at a number of athletic activities that are centred around the snow. Ranging from exciting to leisure, from quiet to very loud, these are the top Canadian winter sports.
A sport that requires technical skill, a steady hand, and a great set of lungs for screaming, curling has been a classic winter sport since the ancient time in Scotland, where this activity was born. According to the Canadian Curling Association, approximately 15,000 competitive curlers from all provinces and territories enter play at the curling club level today with the hopes of becoming one of the Canadian Champions crowned annually.
It isn’t a surprise that hockey is on this list of top Canadian winter sports. It’s probably the sport of the season, being considered as the official national winter sport of Canada – the first recorded hockey game in the country was played in Montreal back in 1875.
The First Nations began playing this sport more than 500 years ago, and today lacrosse is an integral part of native culture as well as across the country. Evolving over time, lacrosse is now known as Canada’s official national sport.
A fast-paced type of skiing, there’s a wide selection of downhill options, from family-oriented mountain skiing to extreme heli skiing or cat skiing operations. And with several mountain ranges from coast to coast, particularly the picturesque Rockies, it’s been a beloved Canadian pastime for many decades.
This more relaxed, easy-going type of skiing is enjoyed by hardcore exercisers as well as novices. Cross Country Canada says some one million Canadians participate annually in this activity, which has “no limitations” for age, region, gender, or conditioning level.
The snow is all the more enjoyable when you’re carving your way down a mountainside on a snowboard. Similar to surfing on water, snowboarding has become a popular Canadian winter sport in the last 10 years, with certain runs being devoted solely to boarders.