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Recreation Sports

Kayaking race (Picture BC photo)

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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MEC Victoria Paddlefest 2014 - Oak Bay

240 Dalhousie St
Oak Bay, British Columbia
V8R 2J1

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The 2014 edition of MEC Victoria Paddlefest is taking place at Willows Beach on Saturday, July 12th 2014 from 10am to 4pm. Hundreds of watersport enthusiasts are set to gather at this beautiful site to take part in the day's festivities that include a variety of introduction clinics, a village expo and, of course, the beloved gear swap. MEC Victoria invites you to come celebrate the outdoors with friends and family with a full day of fun filled activities including cardboard boat races and yoga for paddlers. Paddlefest is free and it is an ideal way to spend the day outdoors with the entire family. Discovery Island tours are available all day to explore the Oak Bay Island Ecological Reserve.


Heart of the Rockies Triathlon - Invermere

Lake Windermere Area
Invermere, British Columbia
V0B 2L0

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Heart of the Rockies Triathlon is an Olympic Distance Triathlon. The swim takes place in Lake Windermere, followed by an out & back cycle route & a single lap out & back run. It's a spectacular venue in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, with stunning views of Lake Windermere & the mountains. The Heart of the Rockies Triathlon is thrilled to have several family groups participate in both the individual & team events. Come & participate or spectate.


Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan - Penticton

Various locations throughout Penticton Summerland Okanagan Falls
Penticton, British Columbia
V2A 9C4

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Some cyclists will ride casually. Others will race. The beauty of the 2014 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) is that everyone will finish in Penticton with a smile on his/her face. All ride categories start at 7 a.m. from Penticton's Gyro Park (also the site of the Finish Area). Join us this summer for the ride of your life. Visit the website to register or volunteer.


Squamish Mountain Festival - Squamish

Squamish, British Columbia
V8B 0H2

Daily from July 16, 2014 to July 20, 2014

Celebrate the culture of climbing. The festival's aim is to celebrate climbing and climbing culture at all levels, via hands on experience in the weekend clinics and through inspirational films & guest speaker and social events during the evenings.


Tour de Jasper - Prince George

1069 Ewert Street
Prince George, British Columbia
V2M 2P3

Daily from July 16, 2014 to July 20, 2014

Tour de Jasper is an exciting supported tour heading east from Prince George, BC, to Jasper, AB, where you will cycle along some of the most beautiful scenery in Northern, BC.

Participants be assured you'll never be the last one on the road and there is always somebody just ahead. You'll cycle anywhere from 65 km to 115 km each day.

Each night enjoy breathtaking campsites, a healthy dinner and a relaxing campfire. In the morning, after eating a buffet-styled breakfast, you'll set out to climb peaks or coast into mountain valleys.

On the last day enjoy a brunch in Jasper and then take in the sights for a few hours before you sit back and relax on the train ride home.


TrailStoke - 5 Peaks Trail Running Weekend - Revelstoke

2950 Camozzi Rd
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0

Daily from July 18, 2014 to July 20, 2014

One of the Steepest Ultras in the World! An entire weekend of trail runners, expos, great food, amazing views... oh and a really great race! TrailStoke is an off-distance, 60 km course with approximately 3,000 m (10,000 feet) of elevation gain. You will run from the ski hill base, to the top of the mountain, spend about 30 km running on the most scenic ridges you've ever seen, and then descend back to the base. If you're not sure you can run the entire 60 km on your own, we've also got a 3 person relay option.


BC Cup DH Race at Silver Star - Silver Star Mountain Resort

123 Shortt St
Silver Star Mountain Resort, British Columbia
V1B 3M1

Daily from July 19, 2014 to July 20, 2014

Supported by Dunbar Cycles, Intense Bikes, Momentum Watches and more, the 2014 BC Cup race is shaping up to be one of our best yet! This year promises to be even bigger in terms of prizes, promotion, parties and more!

The event weekend is going to be packed with vendors throughout Silver Star village, great racing, Dunbar Cycles Whip off competition and lots lots more. The whole weekend is emceed by Director of Good Times - the man, the legend himself, Brett Tippie and promises to be a weekend you won't soon forget.


Kelowna Across the Lake Swim - West Kelowna

Old Ferry Docks
West Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 4P9

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Welcome to the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim, the largest and longest running open water swim event in Canada! This year will mark the 66th consecutive edition of this event which has always offered a challenge and a standard for young and old, newly minted swimmers and seasoned racers.

Since its beginning in 1949, the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim in Kelowna has always been more a demonstration of swimming ability than a race. Each summer, swimmers of all ages and abilities challenge themselves to swim 2.1 kilometres across Okanagan Lake, to test what they have learned and to master the distance.


Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival - Kelowna

Kelowna, British Columbia
V1V 2L9

Daily from July 19, 2014 to July 20, 2014

As the 2014 Dragon Boat Festival approaches, it gains momentum to be one of the best Dragon Boating experiences of the year. Families and individuals from all over come to Kelowna to watch or participate in this thrilling and cultural weekend.


Parks Day in Mount Revelstoke National Park - Revelstoke

Nels Nelsen Historic Area
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Superintendent's Hike and BBQ - Take a guided hike up the mountain with the park superintendent for the grand opening of the interpretive experience at Monashee Picnic Area. When you come back down from the trail, enjoy an early evening meal at the Nels Nelsen Chalet.

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