Alysha Newman competing in pole vaultAP Photo/Matt Dunham
AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Summer sport competitions coming to Canada in 2019

Temperatures are finally heating up and Team Canada is ready to spring into action at summer competitions all across the country.

There are a number of important competitions that are happening on home soil the summer before Tokyo 2020. So, make your plans accordingly with this list and get ready to cheer on Team Canada at these not-to-be missed events.


Meaghan Benfeito, right, and Caeli McKay, compete during the women’s 10m synchro event at the Canada Cup FINA Diving Grand Prix in Calgary, May 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

April 3-7 — Swimming  — Canadian Swimming Trials — Pan Am Sports Centre — Toronto, Ontario

  • The results of the trials will help select teams for the 2019 FINA World Championships, 2019 FINA World Junior Championships, 2019 Pan American Games, 2019 Para Pan American Games, and 2019 World Para Swimming Championships.

April 4-7 — Diving  — FINA Diving Grand Prix  — Repsol Sport Centre — Calgary, Alberta 

  • This is the second of nine events on the FINA Diving Grand Prix, one of the sport’s two international competition circuits.

April 26-28 — Diving  — FINA Diving World Series — Centre Sportif du Parc olympique de Montréal —  Montréal, Québec 

  • The third of five stops on the FINA Diving World Series, which is the sport’s most prestigious and exclusive international competition circuit, featuring mostly Olympic and world medallists.


Ghislaine Landry competes with Team Canada in Rugby Sevens World Series action. Photo: @RugbyCanada/Twitter

May 11-12 — Rugby — Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series — Westhills Stadium — Langford, British Columbia  

  • The fifth of six stops on the 2019 Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series. The top four teams in the standings at the end of the season will qualify for Tokyo 2020.

May 28 – June 2 — Equestrian Jumping — FEI Jumping Nations Cup — Langley, British Columbia 

  • The last opportunity for Canada to qualify for the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final which will take place in Barcelona in October and have Olympic qualification on the line.

May 30 – June 1 — Artistic Swimming — FINA Artistic Swimming World Series — PEPS Aquatic Centre — Québec City, Québec

  • The seventh of eight stops on the international competition circuit will be good preparation for Team Canada before heading to the Pan Am Games where they’ll look to qualify for Tokyo 2020.


Canada’s Graham Delaet hits from the sixth tee during the first round of men’s golf at the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday August 11, 2016. COC Photo/Mark Blinch

June 6-7 — Road Cycling — Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau and Chrono de Gatineau — Gatineau, Québec

  • Elite women from around the world will converge for two days of racing near the nation’s capital.

June 6-9 — Golf — RBC Canadian Open (men) — Hamilton Golf & Country Club — Ancaster, Ontario  

  • The third-oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA Tour will feature Canada’s top pro male golfers as they continue to earn ranking points towards Olympic qualification.

June 21-23 — Karate — WKF Karate-1 Series A — Montréal, Québec

  • This will be the first World Karate Federation senior Karate-1 competition to take place in North America. Valuable ranking points are available as athletes work towards qualifying for karate’s Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

June 24-30 — Fencing — Pan American Continental Championships — Toronto, Ontario

  • A preview of the Pan Am Games competition later in the summer featuring competitors from the Americas.

June 28-29 — Triathlon — ITU World Triathlon Series — Montréal, Québec

  • The sixth of nine stops on triathlon’s top international competition circuit.


Sarah Pavan of Canada, left, digs a ball next to her teammate Melissa Humana Paredes of Canada during their women’s quarter final game at the Beach Volleyball World Tour Major Series, on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in Gstaad, Switzerland. (Peter Schneider/Keystone via AP)

July 2-7 —  Badminton — BWF World Tour: Canada Open —  Calgary, Alberta

  • The most prestigious badminton tournament in all of Canada will host elite players from all around the world for a major grand prize of $75,000.

July 5-7 — Judo — IJF World Tour: Grand Prix — Maurice Richard Arena — Montréal, Québec

  • For the first-time ever, Canada will host an event on the prestigious Judo Grand Prix, bringing together top athletes from more than 60 countries in their pursuit of Tokyo 2020 qualification.

July 13 — Skateboarding — World Tour: Vans Park Series — Montréal, Québec

  • Montréal is the third stop in the Vans Park Series before the world championships in September and the sport’s debut at Tokyo 2020.

July 17-21 — Beach Volleyball — FIVB World Tour — Edmonton, Alberta 

  • This 3-star event will feature top competitors from around the world as they try to earn ranking points towards Olympic qualification.

July 20-21 — Triathlon — ITU World Triathlon Series  — Edmonton, Alberta 

  • The circuit returns to Canada for its eight of nine stops. Along with the individual races, the weekend will also include the relay, which will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo.

July 25 — Open Water Swimming — FINA Marathon Swim World Series — Lac St. Jean, Québec

  • This will be the fifth of nine stops on the World Series, which features 10km race that is on the Olympic program.

July 25-28 — Athletics — Canadian Track and Field Championships — Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard — Montréal, Québec

  • Catch all of Canada’s track and field stars in action as this event will select the team for the IAAF World Championships in Qatar this fall.


Milos Raonic, of Team Canada, returns a shot to Frances Tiafoe, of the United States, during second round Men’s Rogers Cup tennis tournament action in Toronto, Wednesday, August 8, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

August 3 — Open Water Swimming —  FINA Marathon Swim World Series — Lac-Mégantic, Québec

  • This will be the sixth of nine stops on the World Series, which features 10km race that is on the Olympic program.

August 5-11 — Tennis — Rogers Cup (men): ATP Masters 1000 — Stade IGA — Montréal, Québec 

  • The world’s best men’s players, including home grown talent such as Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov, compete on Canadian courts in the lead-up to the US Open.

August 5-11 — Tennis — Rogers Cup (women): WTA Premier 5 — Aviva Centre — Toronto, Ontario

  • The world’s best women’s players, including rising star Bianca Andreescu, compete on Canadian courts in the lead-up to the US Open.

August 16-20 — Sailing — Olympic Classes Regatta — Kingston, Ontario

  • This event features competition in Laser, Laser Radial, 49er, 49erFX and Finn classes.

August 20-25 — Equestrian Jumping — FEI World Cup North America — Vancouver, British Columbia 

  • A four-star stop on the FEI Jumping World Cup.

August 22-25 — Golf — CP Women’s Open — Magna Golf Club — Aurora, Ontario

  • Home grown hero Brooke Henderson is the defending champion of the CP Women’s Open, a coveted tournament on the LPGA Tour.

August 25 – September 1 — Softball —  WBSC Americas Olympic Qualifier — Surrey, British Columbia

  • Up to 16 teams from the Americas will be vying for two Olympic berths as softball returns to the Games at Tokyo 2020 after a 12-year absence.

August 28 – September 1 — Mountain Bike — UCI World Championships — Mont-Sainte-Anne, Québec 

  • Mont-Sainte-Anne is hosting the world championships for a third time, a first in mountain bike history.


Team Canada after the record 3-1 win against China at the FIVB Men’s World Championship. Photo Courtesy FIVB Men’s World Championship.

September 1-9 — Volleyball — Men’s NORCECA Championship — Winnipeg, Manitoba 

  • This event is held every two years and features the top men’s players from eight countries from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

September 13 — Road Cycling — UCI World Tour: Grand Prix de Québec — Grand Allée, Québec 

  • Riders will complete 16 laps before the finale, which is a hill climb to the finish line in Old Québec.

September 14 — Taekwondo — Canada Open — Richmond Olympic Oval — Richmond, British Columbia 

  • Athletes from around the world will look to earn ranking points towards Olympic qualification.

September 15 — Road Cycling — UCI World Tour: Grand Prix de Montréal — Montréal, Québec 

  • The third-last event on the men’s 2019 World Tour calendar.

September 20-22 — Equestrian Jumping — Global Champions Tour — Montréal, Québec 

  • The global circuit will now include Canada for the first time ever, with the event taking place in Montreal’s Old Port.