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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Whistler, British Columbia
Sunday, July 26, 2015
One of the toughest triathlons in the world returns this summer when more than 2,000 athletes will take on Whistler's beautiful lakes, mountain roads and Valley Trail network in a test of mental and physical strength. From the thrilling early morning start in Alta Lake to the triumphant finish adjacent to Whistler Olympic Plaza in the Village, this is an awe-inspiring day for spectators and participants alike. There's plenty for athletes, family, friends and spectators to enjoy before and after the race, with special events and activities and an exciting atmosphere unique to the Subaru IRONMAN® Canada event.
Victoria Inner Harbour
Victoria, British Columbia
Daily from August 14, 2015 to August 16, 2015
Welcome to the 21st annual Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, one of Victoria's most spectacular summer festivals and the only dragon boat festival in Canada to take place in a working harbour.
Featuring exciting dragon boat races, entertainment on two stages, exotic tastes in the Forbidden City Food Court, activities for kids and families, and more, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is one of the must-see events on Victoria's busy summer Festival calendar.
Whistler Olympic Plaza
Whistler, British Columbia
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Ride this epic 122 km route from downtown Vancouver to Whistler up the Sea to Sky Highway. Enjoy breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountain Range, with challenging climbs rewarded with plenty of downhill sections. Recreational, advanced and elite level cyclists are all welcome to ride at their preferred pace. Arrive to a warm welcome in Whistler - stay the night and celebrate with family, friends and fellow riders.
Cranbrook, British Columbia
Daily from September 19, 2015 to September 20, 2015
A mountain biking festival for all ages and abilities.
Saturday: Kids & Youth Stix races for cyclists 2-6 years old on pavement & 5-14 years old on trails.
Sunday: 6-hour x-country for solos and relay teams of 2 on the fast & flowy single track trails. Features include BBQ lunch, souvenir shirt, recovery food and race expo.