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|01-02-2013, 07:35 AM||#12 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ontario Canada
Canadian Carnage was pretty wild this year. Wasaga beach's annual big game and player appreciation days usually draw a really big crowd. Flagswipes day of the dead was pretty big this year too (and it wasn't too windy for the helicopter this year)
I was personally at 3 of the 4 events mentioned, and they all had fantastic attendance numbers. And all of these are in Ontario.
Also, its pretty funny how you called provinces providences mike.
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|01-02-2013, 08:22 AM||#13 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2011
I would love to play CC since its by far way cheaper for us western Canadians than you lucky southern Ontario people
|01-02-2013, 10:13 AM||#14 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: PEI, Canada
Wouldn't surprise me if it was true. It is a sport played by more rural populations simply due to the area required to play. The US has far more exceptionally large cities, which puts paintball fields out of easy access to most of their residents. (Consider how much ground you can cover in an hour driving out of 'city' with 30k people vs Toronto or New York. Then consider how far you have to go before you get to a location open enough to easily set up a paintball field with land prices low enough to afford it. My office in Charlottetown is a 10 minute Walk from a plot of active farm land.)
Any Canadian know of a town with more than 1000 people that doesn't have some kind of rental field within at least an hours drive? I'm hard pressed to think of a town that doesn't have something going on within at least 30 minutes for the most part in Atlantic Canada. Our fields may not be large. They may not be all that great or even exceptionally well priced, but we have a hell of a lot of them scattered across the country.
Also consider the issue of word of mouth. Smaller local populations that get access to paintball are more likely to know someone who has played it, and therefore be encouraged to try. Also have the interesting trend that if you play on a youth hockey team then you're going to play at least one game of paint ball the following summer. I can't remember a weekend that I've been out at one of the local fields where we didn't have at least one hockey team playing.
|01-02-2013, 10:42 AM||#15 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada
Canadian Carnage pulled a huge crowd as well.
|01-02-2013, 12:26 PM||#16 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Mar 2008
I think one major difference between the two countries has had a significant impact on the two communities:
In the U.S., for many years MilSim-ish players were shunned away from rec-ball with comments like ("all those useless mods", "camo does no good", etc), and those folks ended up playing airsoft, at least for awhile. This doesn't even account for the folks that airsoft draws who simply want more realistic equipment.
In Canada, it's very hard to get good airsoft equipment, therefore a higher percentage of folks interested in MilSim-ish equipment, clothing, games, get into paintball and it's more accepted there as a result. Look at how magfed paintball is much more popular north of the border than it is down here.
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|01-02-2013, 02:47 PM||#17 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2011
IFAIK about 3/4 of the Canadian population lives within 100 miles of the US/Can border. The notion that Canadians have lots of space is an illusion. I believe Canada has a lower percentage of rural inhabitants compared to the USA.
Canadians are more physically active than their American cousins which might account for higher per capita participation in sport and by participation I mean playing not watching from the armchair.
Personally I'm not a fan of big games, I'm probably not the only one. I don't think big game participation is a useful metric for gauging paintball participation, that would like using MMORPGs as an indicator for video game participation.
|01-02-2013, 03:45 PM||#18 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2007
Our Vancouver-area big games at TPG usually bring in around 300 players per event... and there are at least four of them a year (not sure exactly, I usually do 1-2 big games a year). The place honestly can't fit much more than 300 and they sell out all the tickets... otherwise it could easily be bigger than that.
|01-02-2013, 04:04 PM||#19 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Vancouver, B.C
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