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10 Things: Canada’s Summer sports scene

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  • 1) Pan Am Games

    Toronto, Ontario will be the host of the 17th Pan American Games, a multi-sport international event similar to the Olympics. This year, there will be athletes from 41 nations that span North, Central, and South America in what will be the largest sporting event ever held in Canada. The Games will also be carbon neutral and cost an estimated $2.57 billion, the highest total ever for a Pan American Games.


  • 2) F1 Racing

    The Formula One World Racing Championship has made its way to Ile Notre-Dame in the middle of the St. Lawrence River since 1978 and has become one of the most watched sporting events in the world. When the Canadian Grand Prix comes to town in June, many Montreal streets close down for racing-themed summer street festivals.


  • 3) World Cup Soccer

    Montreal is one of six Canadian cities playing host to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and will host a semifinal matchup this summer. Team Canada is currently ranked no. 8 in the world and has immense potential as a dark horse contender in the month-long tournament that goes from June 6 to July 7.


  • 4) Montreal Alouettes

    he Habs aren’t the only perennial playoff contender that plays in Montreal. The Alouettes will be seeking a 20th straight trip to the CFL post-season and play their games at McGill’s Percival Molson Stadium. The wide receiver formerly known as Ochocinco and the rest of the Als will be playing in front of a packed house from June 25 onwards.


  • 5) Milton-Parc Volleyball

    Parc Jeanne Mance is a hotbed for summer activity within the greater McGill community during the summer. Beach volleyball has been the main attraction since 1973 and hosts nearly 1,000 players each week in a recreational setting.


  • 6) Stanley Cup in Canada

    Four Canadian NHL teams remain in strong contention to bring the Stanley Cup back to Canada after a 22-year hiatus. The Montreal Canadiens, who already clinched a playoff spot, will have to navigate a tricky Eastern Conference but could keep on playing deep into the summer.


  • 7) Rogers Cup

    The best tennis players in the world converge to Toronto and Montreal each summer in one of the most coveted non-major tournaments. This year, the men’s tournament will be held at Stade Uniprix, and Canadian Milos Raonic will be vying for his first tournament victory on home turf.


  • 8) Toronto Blue Jays

    The Jays, who just capped off a two-game preseason series against the Cincinnati Reds at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, are the only MLB team currently playing in Canada following the Expos’ departure prior to the 2005 season. Toronto has an excellent chance at making the playoffs for the first time since 1993 in a wide open AL East.


  • 9) Montreal Impact

    Although the Impact is currently struggling—the team is ninth in the Eastern Conference and 19th in the MLS—it has held the title of the best soccer team in Canada in each of the past two years. With the season barely a month in, look for the Impact to make a run at the top half of the table over the summer.


  • 10) Slacklining at Tam-Tams

    Every Sunday of the summer, Mount Royal Park comes alive with drum circles and picnics. For a laidback, but surprisingly challenging activity, try to find your balance on the slackline. It’s a lot like tight rope, but the line is broader and hangs slightly loose between two trees.


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