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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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NEW Indiana Jones Climbing Adventure Opening! - Revelstoke

7060 Trans Canada Highway
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Experience Indiana Jones Adventure on our new Climbing Wall! Grand Opening Event with prizes to win!


Crazy Soles Trail Run - Radium Hot Springs

Nipika Mountain Resort
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
V0A 1K3

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Nipika Mountain Resort has extensive single track and ski trails that are superb for summer trail running. Learn some of the trails and join us for the Crazy Soles Nipika Trail Run. 25 km, 10 km and recreational 5 km. Kids race and BBQ.


Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! Kelowna - Kelowna

1223 Water St
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 9V1

Daily from May 24, 2014 to May 25, 2014

Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! is a national street hockey festival that is will take place outside Prospera Place for the sixth year in a row.

Play On! is a huge tournament of 4-on-4 street hockey and is open to people of all ages and skill levels. It takes place in a festival atmosphere with vendors, performers and even a media and celebrity game!

Get together a team of 5-7 people, or sign up for the UPS corporate division, and get ready for the best weekend of the summer! Registration is now open.


Loop The Lake Trail Race - Squamish

Squamish, British Columbia
V8B 0H2

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The popular Loop the Lake Trail Race, featuring 8 and 15 km runs, is back with an exciting new addition - a half marathon. With distances for everyone, this is the perfect start of the season and an excellent opportunity to run some of the best trails Squamish has to offer.


Kootenay Freewheelers - Kimberley

Nature Park
Kimberley, British Columbia
V1A 2Y9

Weekly on Wednesday from Wednesday June 4, 2014 to Wednesday October 29, 2014

Visitors are welcome to join local mountain bikers for their weekly ride through the Nature Park and the Lois Creek Trails. Rides are for any level of ability and fitness. Some routes may include technical sections. Meet at Platzl at 6:30 pm every Wednesday. Ride duration:approx. 2 hrs followed by a drink in one of the local pubs.


2014 MEC Bikefest North Shore - North Vancouver

1301 Lillooet Rd
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7J 1C2

Daily from June 7, 2014 to June 8, 2014

We love bikes, and we're throwing a party in their honour. Come join the fun and try out gear, test ride a new bike, browse exhibitors' booths, score deals at the MEC Bikeswap, or learn skills at a bike clinic. There'll also be bike races, performers, entertainment, food vendors, beer garden and kids' activities.

Highlights include: MEC XC race, Norco Enduro Races, BMX BC Cup Races; Tons of Prizes, including a Ghost 29er Bike; Acrobag Big Air Bag; Guided Rides by MEC Envoy's; Bikefest Passport; Mt Seymour Lion's Club BBQ; Informative clinics including Bike Maintenance, Bike Fit, Nutrition, etc; Bike Art Show featuring talented local artists.

Bring your bike, your family, and your riding buddies, and embrace the awesomeness of wheels.


5Peaks Adventures - Kimberley

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Kimberley, British Columbia
V1A 1S2

Saturday, June 07, 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.


Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! - Coquitlam

2929 Barnett Hwy
Coquitlam, British Columbia
V3B 5R5

Daily from June 7, 2014 to June 8, 2014

Play On! is a huge tournament of 4-on-4 street hockey and is open to people of all ages and skill levels. The tournament takes place in a festival atmosphere with vendors, performers, and even a media and celebrity game!

Get together a team of 5-7 people, or sign up for the UPS corporate division, and get ready for a great weekend this summer! Registration is now open.


Kootenay Krusher Mountain Bike Race - Radium Hot Springs

9200 Settlers Rd
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
V0A 1K3

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Kootenay Krusher is a 50 km single track mountain bike race at the beautiful Nipika Mountain Resort. A recreational 25 km distance and kids events are also held.


15th Annual Edge to Edge Marathon - Tofino

Tofino (Starting Point)
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 3A0

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Imagine achieving marathon success surrounded by crisp ocean air, lush forests and the warm and friendly people of Ucluelet . It is a day that will be etched in your memory for many years to come!

New Course Incorporates Wild Pacific Trail - less hills but more trial run! Maps available soon. The course will be off the main highway, with start and finish in Ucluelet. There will be road portions on a less travelled two-lane highway to Port Albion, followed by bike path and Wild Pacific Trial portions. The full course partially consists of hard packed gravel trail, and may not be for all running abilities.

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