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Ottawa’s winning streak: sports events hosted in Ottawa

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Ottawa has been putting athletic events on the national and international stage for years. The city’s top-tier venues, diverse community of athletes and support for sports across all seasons have given Canada’s capital a reputation of exceeding the expectations of participants, sponsors and spectators. In 2017, Ottawa was named the Sport Tourism Destination of the Year by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.

Canada’s capital is known for its sporting success with iconic teams like the REDBLACKS, Ottawa 67’s, Ottawa Blackjacks and the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, but Ottawa’s legacy as a host city is cause for celebration too. Beyond the wins and losses, Ottawa infuses every major sporting event with an unmistakable sense of victory. Here are some esteemed examples.

2020 U SPORTS Men’s and Women’s Final 8 Basketball Finals

March 2020 marked the first time both the men’s and women’s U SPORTS Final 8 Basketball Tournaments were held in the same spot. U SPORTS is Canada's sport governing body of university sports, and Ottawa’s own Carleton Ravens claimed the national title for the 15th time. The exciting event took place across three locations: Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and TD Place.

2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

In 2022, around 250 junior and senior skaters took to the ice at TD Place for the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Ottawa. It was the 12th time the city hosted the event, and the results were part of the selection criteria for the future World Championships and the 2022 Winter Olympics.

2022 CEBL Championship Weekend

Ottawa hosted the CEBL Championship Weekend from August 10-14 in 2022 at TD Place. The event was a five-day festival celebrating more than just basketball. Locals and visitors enjoyed energetic concerts, street festivals, community clinics, art workshops and an amazing CEBL Awards Gala.

2023 World Men’s Curling Championship

The 2023 World Men’s Curling Championship took place April 1-9, 2023, at TD Place and proved to be a landmark event in sporting history. It marked the first time the Turkish men’s curling team competed at this level and the Swedish team threw a “spinner,” a shot that commentators deemed nearly impossible.

Hosting the event in Ottawa just made sense. The city is known for its passionate curling community along with the Ottawa Curling Club which dates back to 1841, one of the oldest curling clubs in North America.

2023 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Championship

Ottawa hosted week one of the 2023 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Championship from June 6-11. Team Canada, USA, Argentina, Italy, Cuba, Germany, Netherlands and Brazil took to the arena at TD Place for the annual tournament.

It seems like Ottawa has a knack for serving up stellar international and national volleyball games. The year 2019 marked the third time that the Volleyball Canada U14 Nationals were hosted at Carleton University. Volleyball Canada proclaimed Carleton one of the few venues in the country able to host such a large event.

2023 YONEX Para Badminton Championships

After an exceptional event in 2022, the YONEX Para Badminton Championships returned to Ottawa in 2023. The tournament is the highest level of para badminton competition in the world and is a Paralympic and Parapan Am Games qualifying event. Ottawa was proud to host such a high-calibre event and continue its dedication to supporting inclusive sports.

2023 Commissionaires Open

On July 17-23, Eagle Creek Golf Club welcomed an official Fortinet Cup tournament, the Commissionaires Ottawa Open. Spectators were buzzing as they witnessed golf’s rising stars take to the green and face a variety of unique holes.

It’s not Ottawa’s first swing at hosting a golf tournament either. The city has held many tournaments in the past, including the 2022 CP Women’s Open which was awarded LPGA Tournament of the Year and was the most attended tournament in its history.

The CP Women’s Open also offered a Hilton on the Green experience, a unique opportunity for Canadian golf fans to stay in a 1-bedroom pop-up hotel room located on the 8th hole of the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. Not only did visitors get an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime view of the action, but they also received gourmet meals, a personal concierge and more during their stay.

2023 Pacific Four Series

This past summer, Ottawa hosted the 2023 World Rugby Pacific Four Series at TD Place, a tournament the world was highly anticipating. It was the first major international women’s rugby series held in Canada in the last eight years.

The Ottawa community saw Rugby Canada go above and beyond to celebrate the event. Complimentary rugby coaching sessions were given to 5,000 children and every school-age child in the Ottawa region had the chance to redeem a complimentary ticket to watch the Canadian team take on the reigning champions, the New Zealand Black Ferns.

In other rugby news, 2022 saw the Bingham Cup hosted in Ottawa with 58 teams and more than 1700 players from across the country competing. This was the largest amateur rugby tournament in the world — and the world championship of 2SLGBTQ+ inclusive rugby.

2023 Masters Indigenous Games

1500 athletes arrived in Canada’s capital from across the globe to compete in contemporary and traditional sporting activities from August 24-27, 2023. This legendary competition also included the 2023 MIG Cultural Festival at Lansdowne, a cultural hub that highlighted interactive sports activities, an Indigenous marketplace, culinary experiences, Indigenous performers and more.

The event followed in the wake of the 2022 Ontario Indigenous Summer Games (OSIG) which took place at the University of Ottawa. OSIG featured five of the North American Indigenous Games sports (athletics, volleyball, softball, soccer and basketball) and acted as an athlete identifier for Team Ontario.

The city is dedicated to continuing to celebrate rich talent and foster connections between local, regional and global Indigenous folks.

2023 Canadian Cross Country Championships

November 25, 2023, marked the second consecutive year Canada’s biggest cross country championships were held at Mooney’s Bay and Terry Fox Athletic Facility in Ottawa.

After an exceptional event in 2022 (the event received a ranking of 8.8/10 in an athlete, coach and volunteer survey based on participation, organization, scheduling and course quality) Athletics Canada is ready to top last year’s success.

2023 Trillium Championships

From August 30 to September 3, 2023, Wesley Clover Parks hosted the annual Trillium Championships by the Trillium Hunter Jumper Association. Seven Ontario zones sent their best in each of their core divisions to compete at the championships, culminating in a competition that boasted children, amateurs and high-calibre professionals.

Ottawa’s long list of provincial, national and international sporting events is remarkable and proves the destination’s committed to ensuring every event, regardless of the winner, is a triumph in its own right — just because it’s here.

If you want to learn more about Ottawa’s outstanding track record, check out our sports facilities and venue partners, or contact the Major Events and Sport team.

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