Ice Hockey, Canada's Game of Passion
Without much argument hockey is the most popular spectator sport in Canada. Canadians feel so passionately about the sport that in large cities, like Toronto and Montreal, that it is hard for rival sports franchises to survive as they take a decide backseat to the local National Hockey League teams. In Montreal, it seems the whole sports world revolves around the Montreal Canadiens. Hence major league baseball failed to attract fans here. In Toronto, walk into any sports bar when a Maple Leaf game is on and do not expect to see any of sports event on the televisions no matter how important they are. Hockey is so important here, that it was a national scandal when we failed to get into the medal round during the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Many Canadian boys and even girls play hockey at an organized level with dreams of making it into the NHL. In fact many adults feel that the only reason they did not make to the pro-leagues was poor scouting.
I have been disappointed by the fact that hockey is not more popular in other countries such as the United States. It seems that hockey is more an aquired taste for many Americans and Europeans but I have noticed that followers are quite zealous in these countries once they learn to appreciate the game. In fact the passion for the game in countries like Sweden, the Czech Republic and Finland rivals that of the Canadian fans.
In my opinion if you are staying Canada for a lengthly stay then you definitely should take in a hockey game in order to have great Canadian experience.
Equipment: In Canada you can see hockey being played at all kinds of levels. The most expensive to watch and highest quality is played in the National Hockey League which has teams in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary. Expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $250 for a ticket to see these teams if you even can get a ticket. The next level is the American Hockey League games of which there are several franchises in Canada. These teams are the farm clubs for the NHL franchices and play a pretty decent quality in themselves. Most cities or towns of any size in Canada have junior, or CHL, league teams. These are players between, 17 to 20, who hope to make it the pros one day. They often have fanatical followers and watching a game is quite atmospheric.
Go SENS Go
Ottawa Senators are now the only Canadian team left amongst the four finalist for the stanley Cup,
which all started in ottawa, more about the current frenzy in Ottawa, even my by me under VT Ottawa*
Sea Kayaking Gros Morne Natl. Park - Newfoundland
I had recently started sea kayaking the year (2002) that I came out to Newfoundland, but I had never had the opportunity to kayak in such an incredible place as Bonne Bay. Located in Gros Morne National Park, a UNSECO World Heritage Site, Bonne Bay is deep water bay that is frequented by Minke whales, Bald Eagles and Osprey.
Equipment: Be prepared for the changing weather. All sea kayak outfitters will have necessary kayaking and floatation gear, but they will not provide thermal clothing. Weather can change very quickly and a warm summer day and turn cold with rain in an instant... So, make sure you take cold weather gear such as a rain breaker or fleece pull over with you when heading out to kayak, even on warm, sunny days.
The Olympic Stadium
Montreal's Olympic Stadium was home to Major League Baseball's Montreal Expos until they moved to Washington, D.C. in 2005. However, in 1976 the stadium hosted the world, when it was the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1976 Olympic Summer Games, as well as the track and field events.
The 56,000-seat stadium was designed by Paris architect Roger Taillibert. One of its more innovative features is the 575-foot (175-meter) Montreal Tower, the world's tallest inclined tower. It overhangs the stadium and supports its fabric roof by a series of cables which attach to the underside of the tower.
Now that baseball is no longer played in the stadium, it presumably will only host concerts by international stars, as well as big exhibitions.
The Air Canada Centre
Home of the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs and the National Basketball Association's Toronto Raptors, the Air Canada Centre opened recently and replaced the antiquated Maple Leaf Gardens.
The 19,000-seat arena boasts a state-of-the-art Bose sound system, four Sony Jumbotrons, and more than 640 television screens throughout the building.
The Rogers Centre
Home of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays and the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts, the Rogers Centre (formerly the SkyDome) opened in 1989, and was the first sports stadium in the world to have a fully retractable roof.
The 282-foot (86-meter) tall retractable roof covers eight acres (three hectares) of playing field and seating. It consists of four gigantic roof panels mounted on rails that can be moved to open or close the roof. It takes 20 minutes to open or close the roof.
In addition to baseball and football, the 52,000-seat Rogers Centre is also used for concerts and other special events.
Canada's Highest Peak - Mount Logan
Here is a challenge for the extremist sport people out here in the VT world! Mount Logan is the highest peak in Canada and the second highest peak in North America.
Logan is one of the most massive mountains in the world. Its many cliff faces, well over 10,000 feet, rise to an immense ten-mile summit crest of high peaks and saddles. The summit crest spills giant heavily crevassed glaciers for miles over the surrounding valleys.
I have only seen the peak from Haines Junction in the Kluane National Park. I challenge you to see the rest of Canada from its peak!
Happy climbing :-)
I provided a link to my Whitehorse page since its the closest airport!
The Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede is known for its famous chuckwagon races, the world's richest rodeo, thrilling midway rides, an extravagant grandstand show, and live entertainment acts, The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth offers an impressive range of experiences and activities for all ages.
Unlike in Spanish culture, here in Western Canada they try to ride the bull as apposed to killing it, LOL. I wouldn't consider this eco-tourism however!
I remember going to the Stampede one summer and it was very hot, tonnes of great food, lots of activities and a dog show of all things at the Calgary Saddledome which was interesting.
It's funny but if your not a cowboy I don't know if I recommend you try to look like one or act like one. It was obvious walking around who was a genuine cowboy and who stuck out like a sore thumb with their brand new cowboy hat on, tight jeans and flashy cowboy boots. It looks hideous I thought, hehehe.
In any event this truly is a world class event and very indicitive of western Canada and prairie culture. Ranching is big industry and if this is your think, this is your region of Canada!!
Unfortunatly I wasn't into VT at this time so I don't have any of my own pictures to share here, bummer!
Stanley Cup 2006
for Canada, it's HOCKEY
never mind the football in Germany
Golf because Mike weir is doing well
i like the sterling efforts by the eurpeans
hope thay make the top prize
as did once ernie els, retief goosen, rory sbbatine,
and way back, gary player and bobby locke
in edmonto tonight
to the fans and candians glee
the OILERS came back from 13
to level it 3-3
giving them a chance to wine of oppostions gome ive
that is Carolina Hurricanes gome rink in Raleigh, Carolina
in case ypou did not know
camada's sport sicon Wayne Gretsky
scored to his ice hockey fame in Oilers colours
Equipment: to find out more abouy ICE HOCKEY
the teams !
rhe broadcast on MOnday 18th at 7 pm ET
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Fish for all
I can't fish. I only started recently and I'm no expert, but that doesn't seem to matter here because the fish are everywhere. Take this photo as proof. This was only my second time on a boat.
Equipment: Starter rod and reel combos can be picked up for about $30 at Canadian Tire. A license is required to fish and can also be purchased there.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
A good place to start
I'd never fished before coming here, but my God is it fun! The lakes and rivers are teeming with fish and every trip I've been on so far everyone has gotten at least a bite. Here's a proud photo of my first real fish - a small walleye. These fish make a great meal so keep them if they are big enough.
Equipment: Starter rod and reel combos can be picked up for about $30 at Canadian Tire. A license is required to fish and can also be pourchased there.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
SUFFERING IN OTTAWA
Something I know about the canadians, first they learn how to walk and second they learn how to go ice skating....Well I learnt how to walk for the second time in my life at Dowslake in Ottawa...But 32 years later....
From the little shelter where I wore my iceskating shoes to that little seating place in the picture it took me long 10 minutes with the generous help of Mike, and I think that the distance between the two places was less than 3 meters!
Equipment: You can rent your shoes in the lake, the place is simply marvelous!
BREAKFAST FOR THE BRAVE CONQUERS
For Canadians it must be not extreme at all, but for a tropical brazilian like me, it is indeed a very radical sport, above all when you can ride it in a 120km/h in a narrow snow road! And you can imagine that a single stone in the middle of the road can really kill you!
And the french canadians are crazy!;) But thanks to that madness I had one of the most glorious moments in my life!
And after some kilometers exploring the beautiful region of La Belle, we stopped in this lovely bar in La Conception for my sacred hot chocolate!
Equipment: You need a real good snowmobile, in that case, a motoneige, hahahah :) A cool and crazy instructor, if I am not mistaken his name is Claude, very easy to find him, in La belle there is the old train station, his crew is there! :))))))
January 26th, 2005
Riding Lake Louise is an absolute treasure. It belongs to a group of about 10 other resorts but is by far the biggest and in my opinion the best. The terrain is so varied and seemingly endless. It took me a full month to ride every marked track and another 2 months to do the whole mountain. The resort is made up of 3 faces of one mountain, one face of another and the valley in between. It took me a solid half hour to race down the front face at full speed. After that I had to call it a day, it that's awsome.
Equipment: 4 layers of clothing is standard. However, the snow is very dry so you gloves and arse don't get wet at all.
Hockey is ICE HOCKEY in Canada
yesterday in Prague, for the 23rd time,
team Canada celebrated the Gold Medal,
net one will be the Gold at the 2006 WInter Olympics
" " TEAM CANADA CAPTURES GOLD MEDAL;
HEATLEY NAMED MVP
.... Prague, Czech Republic ? Team Canada captured the gold medal at the 2004 IIHF Men?s World Hockey Championship after a 5-3 win over Sweden on Sunday in Prague, Czech Republic. With the win, Canada records back-to-back titles for the first time since 1958-59. .... " "
Equipment: watch tsn.ca for live and replays
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