Hosting a nationwide event in Canada is different from most other countries of the world. In the last edition of this tournament, which took place across 6 cities in Holland, the largest distance between two cities (according to Google Maps) was the 308 km between Emmen and Kerkrade. By contrast, only Ottawa-Montreal and Burnaby-Vancouver were shorter commutes in the Canadian tournament, while the haul between Victoria and Montreal was near 5000 km.
Some countries had an arduous travel schedule. Austria, for instance had an itinerary of Edmonton - Toronto - Edmonton - Toronto - Edmonton - Toronto, a whopping 17330 km, with 5 cross-continent flights around 7 games.
Disregarding, for the time being, travel from the home country to Canada for the tournament, here is a table of travels for the participating nations.
|Austria||7||Edmonton -> Toronto -> Edmonton -> Toronto -> Edmonton -> Toronto||17330|
|Chile||7||Toronto -> Edmonton -> Toronto -> Edmonton -> Montreal -> Toronto||14939|
|Czech Republic||7||Ottawa -> Montreal -> Victoria -> Edmonton -> Toronto||9683|
|Mexico||5||Toronto -> Edmonton -> Montreal -> Ottawa||7631|
|Brazil||4||Montreal -> Ottawa -> Burnaby||5002|
|Nigeria||5||Victoria -> Ottawa -> Montreal||4965|
|Zambia||4||Burnaby -> Victoria -> Ottawa||4885|
|Gambia||4||Toronto -> Montreal -> Edmonton||4541|
|Portugal||4||Toronto -> Montreal -> Edmonton||4541|
|Uruguay||4||Burnaby -> Victoria -> Toronto||4447|
|Congo||4||Edmonton -> Montreal||3996|
|Canada||3||Toronto -> Edmonton||3466|
|New Zealand||3||Toronto -> Edmonton||3466|
|Argentina||7||Ottawa -> Toronto -> Ottawa -> Toronto||1356|
|Spain||5||Burnaby -> Edmonton||1147|
|USA||5||Montreal -> Ottawa -> Toronto||651|
|Poland||4||Montreal -> Toronto||545|
|Panama||3||Ottawa -> Montreal||199|
|Costa Rica||3||Victoria -> Burnaby||118|
|Scotland||3||Victoria -> Burnaby||118|
It should come as no surprise that Austria, Chile and Czech Republic who, along with Argentina, all played 7 matches, should make up the top 3. However, Argentina managed to record any significant travel, putting on under 1400 km. Spain played 5 matches, but only had to travel once, and USA made the final 8 only traveling 651 km.
Looking back to 2005, the theoretical maximum travel itinerary would have been only 1848 km (the actual number is probably much lower), which would have placed only halfway up this list.
In the end, it seems rather uneven, but Austria and Chile, who had the most difficult travel itineraries, still managed to make the final 4 so it might not have been so significant a factor. I suppose these are just numbers, a testament to the vast country that hosted the tournament.