Toronto named one of the top 5 sports cities in Canada

Mar 25 2019, 10:21 pm

When it comes to sports, Toronto is simply one of the best.

The city has been named as one of the top five sports cities in all of Canada, beating out Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Ottawa in the process.

The announcement comes from the 2019 Global Sports Impact (GSI) Canada Index. The index ranks and scores cities based on the different events they host.

The ranking considers 119 cities, 433 national championships, and 261 international events.

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“The GSI Canada Index ranks cities hosting national sports championships and international sports events in Canada through a data-driven assessment,” says Rick Traer, CEO, Canada Sport Tourism Alliance. “Sport Tourism in Canada is now almost a $7 billion industry annually.”

Specifically, Toronto was ranked third for hosting national championships and fifth in hosting international events.

Taking the top overall spots were Montreal, followed by Quebec City in second place and Edmonton in third.

There are Canada’s top 10 sports cities:

1. Montreal
2. Quebec City
3. Edmonton
4. Toronto
5. Vancouver
6. Charlottetown
7. Saskatoon
8. Richmond
9. Regina
10. Winnipeg

According to the GSI Canada Index, the nation’s top sporting events in 2018 are ranked as follows:

1. The 2018 Grey Cup (men’s football)
2. The 2018 Tim Hortons Brier (men’s curling)
3. 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts (women’s curling)
4. 2018 Canadian Championships Final (soccer)
5. 2018 MasterCard Memorial Cup (junior hockey)