Canada has many innovations that have come from it’s borders to the world. Some innovations that might surprise you is that Canada has exported many sports activities that are played around the world. Sports are a big part of the culture and activities in Canada as well as many other countries. There are many sports played around the world and Canada has exported 4 popular sports. Below are 4 of the sports Canada has shared with the world.
Can you believe that basketball came from Canada?! It was created by James Naismith in 1891. James Naismith was a physical education teacher who was from Canada. He came up with the concept in his school days and really created the sport of basketball while working as a instructor at a YMCA in Massachusetts. Basketball is an incredibly popular sports in the United States. The National Basketball Association is a big business in the United States with many fans. Thousands of Fans watch Basketball on TV and in person throughout the United States. There are 30 National Basketball Association teams in the United States.
Lacrosse was originally played by the Iroquois nation, where it was known as stickball, a contest played for training, recreation and religious reasons. After a demonstration of lacrosse was given by the Caughnawaga Indians in Montreal in 1834 interest in the game began to develop in Canada. Dr. William George Beers who was a Canadian dentist founded the Montreal Lacrosse club in 1856 and later he drew up rules which reduced the number of players and used a rubber ball instead of the original wood balls used. In 1860 lacrosse became Canada’s national game. This was the beginning of the popularization of the sport which is snow played around the world.
- Ice Hockey
It is not surprising that ice hockey originated in Canada’s cold ice ponds. It is after all considered a Canadian sport. While ice hockey wasn’t invented on a particular day, it evolved from the game of Hurley which was a field game in Canada. The game of Ice Hurley originated around 1800, in Windsor, where the boys of Canada’s first college, Kings College School, evolved Hurley into Ice Hurley. Eventually Ice Hurley became Ice Hockey. Ice Hockey has become tremendously popular not only in Canada but in the United States. It has spread to other parts of the world including Russia. There are many fans around the world of ice hockey. The National Hockey League is now 30 teams large and draws large crowds around the United States and Canada.
- 5 Pin Bowling
This is a type of bowling that is played only in Canada. It was created by Thomas Ryan in 1909. He created it because many customers in his bowling alley felt the ten pin polling was to hard. He cut down five of the 10 pin bowling pins down to 75% of their size and instead of a hard large ball used hand-sized rubber balls. This was the beginning of the game of 5 pin bowling in Canada. This an unusual sport that was created in Canada that many still enjoy today.
These are some of the great innovations that have come out of Canada. Sports like ice hockey, lacrosse, 5 pin bowling and basketball have given thousands of hours of enjoyment to fans all around the world. Many young children start as young as age 3 playing some of these sports and aspire to play as adults. These sports have added much enjoyment to many people thanks to the Canadians that discovered or popularized them.