The city that has long claimed ties to the origins of hockey has now been named one of a ‘Top Sports City’ in both the country and the province.
At the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Sport Event Congress in Ottawa at the end of March, Kingston was announced a Top Sports City, ranking #12 in Canada, and #3 in Ontario on the 2019 Global Sport Impact Index.
The Top Sports Cities are awarded points based on national championships and international events hosted in those cities. Ontario’s Top 3 Sports Cities 2019 include: Toronto (11,600 points), Ottawa (5,560 points) and Kingston (5,514 points).
“We are delighted to maintain our ranking as a top city in Canada for hosting major sport events,” said Megan Knott, Executive Director of Tourism Kingston. “We will continue to attract and host major events to our city with a focus on pinnacle events, such as the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier.”
The recent awarding of the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier attributed to Kingston’s ranking. Other national championships included in the assessment were 2019 Football Canada Cup, 2020 USPORTS Women’s Rugby Championships, and 2019-20 Canadian Pickleball Championships. International events such as 2020 World Broomball Championships, and two 2019 World Sailing Championships were also considered in this year’s ranking.
In 2018, Kingston ranked #10 in Canada and #2 based on population size. Last year, 51 cities participated in the GSI Index compared to 119 cities in 2019.
For more details on the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Sport Event Congress, as well as the rankings for other cities across the country, click here.