The country crossed the finish line first in Friday’s final with a time of five minutes 59.13 seconds at Sea Forest Waterway.
It is Canada’s first gold medal in this event since the Barcelona Games in 1992, the first female gold medal at the Olympics since 1996 and the program’s first podium performance since 2008.
New Zealand took silver (6: 00.04), while China took bronze (6: 01.21).
“We had some really close races,” said Lisa Roman of Langley, C.
Canada will leave the Tokyo Olympics with two medals in rowing, after Caileigh Filmer of Victoria and Hillary Janssens of Surrey, BC, clinched bronze in Thursday’s women’s duet.
The double podium performance comes after Canada won just one medal – in the lightweight women’s pairs – at the Rio Games five years ago.
“It’s huge,” added Roman. “We worked so hard. I’m so grateful that I was able to be a part of this… It’s wonderful. “
Canada played two more finals at the Games delayed by the pandemic.
Conlin McCabe of Brockville, Ont., And Kai Langerfeld of North Vancouver, C. were sixth in the women’s sculls.
Canada qualified 10 boats to the Games for the first time since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and for the first time fielded a gender balanced crew.