7 Must-See Sporting Events and Festivals in Montreal
Events and Festival in Montreal
Montreal is one of North America’s most exciting sports centers. The city boasts the most successful hockey franchise in the history of the sport.In 1976, it hosted the Olympic Games. Today, Montreal is home to three professional teams, and every year plays host to prestigious, international sporting events. Below are seven of Montreal’s best sports attractions.
Hockey, more than any other sports or leisure activity, is a definitive national pastime. Canadians live and breathe hockey, and no club personifies Canada’s love for the game more than the Montreal Canadians. One of the fabled ‘original 6’ from the early days of National Hockey League, the Canadians have won an unprecedented 24 Stanley Cup championships making them one of the most successful professional sports franchises in North America.
Grand Prix du Canada
Montreal plays host to the only Formula 1 race in North America. Grand Prix Formula 1 is the most prestigious racing events in the world. The race assembles elite drivers and tests their skills on the challenging Gilles Villeneuve Circuit.
Napa Auto Parts 200
Since 2007, Stock car racing is a part of the international racing scene in Montreal. Also, held at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, the race is a part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Originally known as the Canadian Open, the Rogers Cup tennis tournament has been part of the Montreal professional sports scene since 1981. The Rogers Cup is one the sport’s premier tournament and features some of top players in the game.
Montreal Alouettes Football
Football has a long history in Montreal dating as far back as 1872 when the original club was founded. The team has undergone several incarnations, including a short move to Baltimore during the mid-90’s. The current franchise has been highly successful, appearing in 8 Grey Cup championship games in the last decade and winning it back to back in 2009 and 2010.
The newest major professional sports club in the city, the Montreal Impact has brought the excitement of professional soccer to the city since 1992. The team plays in the United Soccer League and will move up to Major Soccer League as an expansion team in 2012. The club has won three championships, with their most recent win coming in 2009. Since 2008, the Impact plays at Saputo Stadium, formerly a practice field for 1976 Olympics.
Montreal International Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival rounds out the list. Dragon boats from across North America compete in 250 meter and 500 meter races at the Olympic Basin on Ile Notre-Dame. The festival is also a multicultural celebration with arts and crafts, live music, dancing and plenty of ethnic dishes served up every year.
Montreal has something to offer to sports fans of every stripe. In addition to its legendary hockey team and other professional clubs, it has emerged as one of North America’s premier locations for international sporting competitions. Any time of year, you can catch a memorable sporting event.