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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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Odlum Brown VanOpen Tennis Championships - West Vancouver

Hollyburn Country Club
West Vancouver, British Columbia
V7S 2S5
Websitehttp://www.vanopen.com
Toll-free
Phone604-913-4598

Daily from July 26, 2014 to August 3, 2014

The Odlum Brown VanOpen is the largest professional men's and women's tennis tournament in Western Canada and this is your chance to get up close and personal with some of the world's top tennis stars. The tournament has hosted some of the biggest names in world tennis including Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis, as well as Canadians Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil. The Odlum Brown VanOpen is a drama packed week of exhilarating tennis and good off-court entertainment.

The 2014 event will be hosted at Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver from Saturday, July 26 to Sunday, August 3. Join us in celebrating the 13th annual event. For ticket information visit ticketweb.ca.

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SingleTrack 6 TransRockies Bike Race - Revelstoke

301 Victoria Rd W
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Websitehttp://www.singletrack6.com/revelstoke/
Toll-free
Phone1-866-373-3376

Daily from July 26, 2014 to July 31, 2014

Born from the desire to showcase premiere Western Canadian mountain bike communities, Singletrack 6 features a rider-built and maintained route that changes annually. Riders will be treated to the very best trails in Alberta and British Columbia, including first year stops in Kananaskis, Nipika, Radium, Golden (x2) and Revelstoke. Stages will be a combination of traditional cross-country stages, as well as enduro and time-trial stages to best suit each location.

Final Stage in Revelstoke on July 31.

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The North Face Dirty Feet CX MTB Race - Sun Peaks Resort

1280 Alpine Rd
Sun Peaks Resort, British Columbia
V0E 5N0
Websitehttp://www.dirtyfeet.ca/mountain-bike-races/july-26-27th-sun-peaks/
Toll-free
Phone250-578-5542

Daily from July 26, 2014 to July 27, 2014

XC Mtn Bike Classic 20/40/60 km Marathon

A mountain bike race for everyone! Solo or teams - 60 km, 3 loops, updated course from 2013.

Where? On the XC mountain bike trails starting at mid-mountain & backcountry xc ski trails at Sun Peaks (not the downhill trails). A new course map will be made soon for both the Elite & Classic Race.

What is the XC Marathon? Choose a distance 20 km, 40 km or 60 km - There will be a 20 km marked course so pick your distance & complete 1 lap, 2 laps or 3 laps as a solo rider OR get a team of 3 together & complete the ride as a relay where everyone does one lap of 20 km.

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TransRockies Challenge - Revelstoke

Nipika Golden Revelstoke
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Websitehttp://www.transrockies.com
Toll-free
Phone403-668-7537

Daily from July 26, 2014 to August 31, 2014

The TransRockies Challenge, North America's original mountain bike stage race offers riders epic adventures with the most singletrack, spectacular mountain vistas & best rider support.

More than 500 competitors from more than 25 countries will pedal over 500 km of wilderness trails, from Alberta to Nipika Mountain Resort then to Golden and finishing in Revelstoke, BC.

Seven days, 17,416 vertical & one word: unforgettable. Experience one of the world's most challenging but rewarding mountain bike races.

Men & women testing their limits on the most rugged & beautiful singletrack the Rockies have to offer.

Some call it crazy... they call it an adventure of a lifetime. See website for detailed schedule.

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Subaru Ironman Canada Triathlon - Whistler

Whistler Olympic Plaza
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Websitehttp://www.ironman.com
Toll-free
Phone800-944-7853

Sunday, July 27, 2014

One of the toughest triathlons in the world is coming to town. Whistler will host Subaru Ironman Canada this summer with the race course incorporating its beautiful lakes, mountain roads and the Valley Trail Network. The race will start with a 2-loop swim in the clean shallow waters of Alta Lake. Athletes will enjoy a lakeside transition before starting a 1-loop bike course via the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Callaghan Valley & Pemberton. The 2-loop course will utilize the Valley Trail, winding past Lost Lake & Green Lake before a triumphant finish adjacent to Whistler Olympic Plaza.

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Bike Fest Revelstoke - Revelstoke

301 Victoria Rd W
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Websitehttp://www.revelstokechamber.com/events-calendar/
Toll-free
Phone

Daily from July 28, 2014 to August 4, 2014

A gathering of bike enthusiasts for a weekend of fun and camaraderie! Downtown, group rides, kids events, live entertainment and more.

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Ultraman Canada - Penticton

Locations Throughout The Okanagan/Similkameen Region
Penticton, British Columbia
V2A 5B2
Websitehttp://www.ultramancanada.com
Toll-free
Phone250-490-3334

Daily from July 30, 2014 to August 5, 2014

A 3-day, 514.5 km (320 mile), individual ultra-endurance event, encompassing a 10 km swim, 420.2 km bike ride and 84.3 km run. Check website for more information.

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27th Annual Glacier Challenge Slo-Pitch Tournament - Revelstoke

600 Campbell Ave
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Websitehttp://www.glacierchallenge.com
Toll-free
Phone

Daily from August 1, 2014 to August 4, 2014

Large Slo-Pitch Tournament with teams coming from all over BC, AB, and the USA. Beer Gardens, live entertainment and a variety of food vendors all weekend long.

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37th Annual Nemiah Valley Rodeo - Nemaiah Valley

Rodeo Grounds
Nemaiah Valley, British Columbia
V0L 1X0
Websitehttp://www.rodeobc.com/rodeo/nemiah-valley-rodeo/
Toll-free
Phone250-398-2646

Daily from August 2, 2014 to August 3, 2014

Nemaiah Valley Rodeo: By far, one of the best events in the valley, and a mainstay on the BC Rodeo circuit.

This is the real deal, with real cowboys and real bull riders. It's got everything from barrel racing, to bronk riding and is home to the world-famous downhill Mountain Race.

Guests will be escorted a short 15 minutes to the Nemaiah Valley rodeo grounds each day where they will witness locals in action.

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Annual Interlakes BCRA Rodeo - 100 Mile House

Roe Lake Rodeo Grounds
100 Mile House, British Columbia
V0K 1X0
Websitehttp://www.interlakescommunity.com/rodeo
Toll-free
Phone250-593-0123

Daily from August 2, 2014 to August 3, 2014

The BCRA Rodeo has been held annually since 1990 on the first weekend in August, drawing neighbors, family and friends from far and wide. This event is a highlight for the year bringing with it a great source of entertainment to community members, International visitors and tourists who frequent this resort area every year. The rodeo provides a place for local equestrian community members to compete.

This exciting rodeo is a highlight of the BC rodeo season.

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