How to Watch Tokyo Summer Olympics in Canada

Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020/2021 is finally happening on the 23rd of July and will end on the 8th of August. But for the first time, the Olympics will have ‘No Spectators’ because of the surge in COVID-19 cases in Japan.

Since there will no spectators, people will have to watch Olympics in their homes. So, in this guide, we will be showing you how to watch Olympics in Canada for free and premium ways.

The free method can be accessible with the help of a browser so you can watch it on any device that has a browser. The premium method requires you to subscribe to YouTube TV.

But before streaming, read this first…

Since you would be watching The Olympics in Canada for free and we don’t know if they hold a proper licensing to stream The Olympic Channel, hence it is strictly advised to use a VPN.

ExpressVPN is our #1 choice. A VPN is needed to hide your IP address and keep your online identity completely private from hackers and ISPs.

ExpressVPN offers you 15+months $6.67/month (i.e. 12 Months + 3 Months Free)

When and Where will be Summer Olympics 2021?

Summer Olympics 2020/2021 will begin from July 23rd (Friday) and it will end on 8th August (Sunday) and it will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

When you’re watching the Tokyo Olympics, it is important to keep the time in mind. This means Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Time. Japan is also 13 hours ahead of Ottawa, Canada.

  • Evening events of the Tokyo Olympics will take place in the morning here in Canada
  • Morning events of the Tokyo Olympics will take place in the evening here in Canada

The Opening Ceremony will start at 8:00 pm (local time) on Friday OR 7:00 am in the morning in Ottawa.

If you ever miss the live events, you can always watch the recap which will be shown in Canada with the method that I’m going to show you.

Free Method: How to Watch Olympics in Canada for Free

Step 1: Subscribe to a good VPN (ExpressVPN is our #1 choice)

Step 2: Download and Install the VPN app on your device

Step 3: Open the VPN app and connect to the Japan server

Step 4: Go to the USTV GO website and select The Olympics Channel

Step 5: Click Play and start streaming!

Premium Method: How to Watch Tokyo Olympics in Canada

There are many paid ways to watch The Olympics in Canada i.e. Peacock TV, NBC Sports Olympics, but the one that I prefer for Canucks is YouTube TV. That’s because, YouTube TV hosts 80+ Channels for $64.99/month and among which, it also includes The Olympic Channel that will host all the Olympic matches live.

Also, YouTube TV now accepts credit cards from Canadian citizens as well which means Canucks can now easily subscribe to the service. But still, using the service will require the use of a VPN.

Therefore, before you subscribe to YouTube TV, you need a good and reliable VPN. Hence, ExpressVPN is our recommended choice.

Follow these steps to get YouTube TV and then eventually The Olympics in Canada:

Step 1: Subscribe to a good VPN service (ExpressVPN is highly recommended)

Step 2: Download and Install ExpressVPN app on your device

Step 3: Open the VPN app and connect to the US server

Step 4: Once connected, visit the YouTube TV website and subscribe to its 14-days free trial

Step 5: Now select The Olympics Channel or NBC Sports to watch Olympics in Canada

FAQs – Tokyo Summer Olympics

Will the Tokyo Olympics be Cancelled?

Despite the surge in COVID-19 cases in Japan, The head of the Tokyo Olympics decided to continue with the Olympic Games without spectators.

When would the 2020 Olympics have started?

Tokyo Olympics was previously scheduled for 2020 but due to the worldwide pandemic, it was rescheduled for July 23rd, 2021.


This is the most highly anticipated and long-delayed Olympics Games that was supposed to take place last year’s summers. However, the Olympic Games are being played anyway without spectators.

You can watch Olympics in Canada either with a free method or the premium method. The free method requires a web browser and the use of a VPN which I have discussed in this guide. The premium method can be accessed using a YouTube TV subscription and a VPN for Canadian users.

Both of these methods are easy to access and require less amount of your time. We recommend using the free method because it can be accessed on any device.


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