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The Best Extreme Canadian Sports
While it’s sometimes fun to play some of Canada’s less physical games, such as soccer, golf and tennis, it often fails to compare to the energetic and frantic demands of some of the nation’s more extreme sports. From Ice Hockey – which isn’t considered to be an extreme sport but can be very brutal – to extreme skiing, Canada plays host to wide variety of sports that will push you to the limit. Here are some of the best sports to get into should you be looking for some thrills and spills in Canada.
As mentioned previously, Ice Hockey isn’t officially considered to be an extreme sport, but five minutes on the ice rink will have you thinking otherwise! Extremely physical and hotly contested, this sport is not for the faint of heart and rightly requires a lot of protective gear before you decide to pick up a puck and play. With several Canadian hockey teams preparing for the 2014/15 NHL season, there is no better time to get involved in the sport, as you have plenty of time to become an expert before the season rolls around in October.
If you are feeling equally extreme in a financial sense, it might be wise to have a small punt on who will raise the Stanley Cup come the end of the season, with Canadian franchises such as the Montreal Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks preparing well. The Candiens are currently priced at 14/1 at http://www.bet365.com/news/en/betting, while the Canucks are at a substantially larger price of 28/1.
Although these arts are hard to master, once you get the hang of them you won’t want to stop. Snowboarding can be especially challenging, given you are on a singular board rather than a pair of skis, but the enthralling winter landscape will likely mean you pick it up as you go along. If it’s an experience you want to enjoy in an overall sense, then places such as Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies or Whistler Blackcomb are particularly exciting options. It is however, easy to find a cheap deal given the high variety of ski and snowboard locations across Canada. A good budget option would be the Big White or the Fernie Alpine Resort, which has over 140 pistes.
Yes that’s right, in Canada you can even dog sled and if mastering a pack of husky hounds across acres of winter landscape isn’t classed as extreme then we don’t know what is! Although most dog sledding comes in the form of tours, expeditions can be arranged for those who are brave-hearted.
Polar Bear Swimming
Another adventurous option, swimming with polar bears has proved immensely popular since the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat opened its doors for the public to swim with polar bears. Although you are protected by two inches of glass, it is perfectly see through and almost invisible to the naked eye. This makes the experience a lot more exciting and quite a bit more daunting and while it may prevent it from being classed as both ‘extreme’ and as a ‘sport’, it will certainly provide you with a great day of fun.