Kayaking race (Picture BC photo)
Recreation sports events in British Columbia showcase the province’s beautiful and diverse landscape in epic displays of athleticism and sport.
Sporting action happens year round; watch top athletes compete on ski hills, in mountain bike parks, along roads and everywhere in between. Many occur annually and include a festival component with entertainment, activities and exhibitions for visitors and athletes.
Watch as skiers and snowboarders send tricks down Whistler’s snow-covered slopes at the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival. Those same mountains play host to vertical-defying freeride and downhill mountain bikers in summer at the Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival. Take part in the Sun Run – Canada’s largest running event – or trade shoes for cowboy boots at the Williams Lake Stampede, an annual display of BC’s cowboy culture and heritage.
There’s extreme obstacle racing (like the challenging Tough Mudder), marathon races that wind along scenic BC roads and cities, cycling grand prix races, multiple sport events, and beach volleyball tournaments among others.
For more details on recreation sports events, check out the links to information and/or product listings from business or service providers below. Or stop by a local Visitor Centre to find out what events are happening in specific locations.
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185 Dallas Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
Daily from April 26, 2014 to April 27, 2014
Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! is Canada's most amazing street hockey tournament and outdoor hockey festival, and this summer, it is coming to a city near you!Each event involves closing over 1km of street, and involves the operation of 20 to 50 separate "street rinks" with games running on each rink at all times throughout an entire weekend!
Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! tournaments feature hundreds of teams and thousands of participants and include separate divisions for all ages and skill levels. Anyone can play!
So call your friends, put your team together and prepare yourself - because Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! will be one of the most memorable events of your summer!!
BC Place Stadium
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Canada's biggest community run takes place Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 9:00 am. The Vancouver Sun Run has been Canada's largest 10K road race since its inception in 1985. Still Canada's largest 10K road race, the Vancouver Sun Run is now the 2nd largest timed 10K in the world. Runners, joggers, walkers, & wheelchairs make their way around the route along the streets of downtown Vancouver. The Vancouver Sun Run is a race that everyone should do at some point in their lifetime
Invermere, British Columbia
Saturday, May 03, 2014
5Peaks is a trail running series, aimed at getting families and recreational runners off the road and to encourage participants to set and achieve goals. The 5Peaks series (Kids 1 km, Youth 3 km, Sport 5 km, Enduro 11 km) runs from May to September throughout the different cities in the Kootenay Rockies region.
Brackendale, British Columbia
Saturday, May 10, 2014
The 2014 Orecrusher XC is a multi-lap classic XC through the Cheekye Fan single-track trails of Brackendale.
Racers will ride a set number of laps of the approximately 20 Km loop of single-track trails & return to the race venue. Each category will race the same number of laps. (subject to change up to & including day of the event).
Racers are responsible for keeping track of their own laps.
On your last lap, you will divert towards the Finish line to the cheers & adulation of friends & family!
1 Rodeo Way
Princeton, British Columbia
Daily from May 10, 2014 to May 11, 2014
Are you ready for fun and excitement? Attend the Princeton Rodeo in Princeton! There will be bull riding, team roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling and much more.
Kimberley Nature Park
Kimberley, British Columbia
Every 2 weeks on Saturday, Sunday from May 11, 2014 to September 21, 2014
This summer, beginning May 11, guided hikes & walks will be led in the Kimberley Nature Park - one of Canada's largest municipal parks. Everyone is welcome but remember that most of the hikes involve some hill climbing. Please dress for the weather & bring a snack & drink. Be sure to check the Kimberley Nature Park's website for last minute changes or revisions to scheduled events.
May 11, Mothers Day Walk; June 7, Photography Hike; June 15, Fathers Day Hike; June 28, Geology in the Nature Park; July 5, Creeks and Ponds, Natural History Event; July 12, Singalong & Amble in the Park; July 20, Terrific Nature Park Traverse; August 17, Hike for Young Families; September 6, Biking in the Nature Park; September 21, Myrtle the Magnificent.
Squamish, British Columbia
Sunday, May 11, 2014
14th annual Squamish Youth Triathlon. Swim, bike and run - a great event for active youth. The Squamish Youth Triathlon offers kids and young adults the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment. The distances are much shorter than those in adult triathlons and most kids are fit enough to finish successfully and have fun at the same time.
37267 Keefes Landing Rd
Grassy Plains, British Columbia
Saturday, May 17, 2014
One day event located at Grassy Plains Community Hall. Travel south from Burns Lake and take the free ferry ride across Francois Lake to the beautiful Southside area. The Mud Bog is approximately 19 km south of the ferry landing. This is a fun event with "People's Choice Ballot" determining the top three winners. There is also a Children's Fun Run through the pits for rewarding prizes. Admission is $5.00/person for a day of great fun for spectators and $15.00 per each vehicle registered. Full concession on the grounds and no alcohol allowed. Whether you are a "mud bogger" or a spectator you are guaranteed a good time. Lots of prizes!
Quesnel Recreation Centre
Quesnel, British Columbia
Sunday, May 18, 2014
This 8-stage running relay follows the gradient-rich Highway 26 from the busy resource town of Quesnel to the Cariboo Gold Rush mountain valleys of Barkerville. You will grind up hills steep and long, and stride past colourful and historic sites such as Cottonwood House, Lightning Creek, Robber's Roost and Blessing's Grave. The slopes are gentle past Jack of Clubs Lake and Barkerville, but then the route turns into a trail to Richfield which then climbs steeply to Summit Rock. Snow is certain to be encountered before retracing the path to finish up in the quaint but welcoming town of Wells. Participants rave about the course and the high standard of race organization, the enthusiasm of the volunteers, the great scenery and the amazing wildlife!
Keremeos, British Columbia
Daily from May 18, 2014 to May 19, 2014
Come join & celebrate the 76th Anniversary of the Keremeos Elks Rodeo. Events take place on Saturday & Sunday. Elk Rodeo Parade & lawn mower races on Monday at the rodeo grounds. Famous pancake breakfast in Memorial Park.