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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Ahousat First Nations
Ahousat, British Columbia
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Ahousaht Wild Side Heritage Trail: the "Run the Wild Side" is back for the 3rd year. Last year's run was such a success with the 10km and 22km runs that this year may include a 5km run.
Used by the Ahousaht people for thousands of years, the Wild Side Trail is an 11 km escape into the remote wilderness of Clayhoquot Sound. The trail winds its way through ancient Sitka forests and nine pristine beaches. Ahousaht is accessible from Tofino by boat or air only.
Check website for more information.
Whistler Olympic Park
Whistler, British Columbia
Daily from June 21, 2014 to June 22, 2014
Tough Mudder is a hardcore 16-19 kilometre obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit & camaraderie.
The event has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide.
By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you'll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time & discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants that's experienced all too rarely these days.
This year's event will take place at Whistler Olympic Park.
After you finish the course, grab a beer & hang out with your fellow Mudders. There'll be a band & lots of food for sale.
118 MacKenzie Ave
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Race the Stoked to get Spanked MTB race on 35 km of sweet relentless single track and logging road. BBQ and fun to follow. Expert 18+ racers will do the full 35 km or 2 laps, all Sport 18+ racers will only do 1 lap or 17 km. Anyone can ride in either category, challenge yourself, get thirsty and put a smile on your face!
Victoria, British Columbia
Daily from June 27, 2014 to June 28, 2014
The 2014 Island Summer Games returns June 27th & 28th to host another sport & social extravaganza. Competition this year features the 15th Harbour 3 on 3 Classic (basketball), soccer, slo-pitch, ball hockey, dodgeball & touch football tournament! Players of all skill levels & abilities, sports enthusiasts and scores of spectators are drawn to this fun friendly festival like outdoor event. The games is the place to be with DJ's, beer garden, BBQ, exhibitors, awards, guest appearances & more!
Williams Lake Stampede Grounds
Williams Lake, British Columbia
Toll-free800-71-RODEO (BC only)
Daily from June 27, 2014 to June 30, 2014
Every year during the July 1st long weekend, BC's Lake City rolls out the welcome mat for people to enjoy several days of action-packed rodeo excitement and a weekend filled with adrenalin.
Come out and see some of the best cowboys perform. Events include bull riding, ladies barrel racing, bareback and saddle bronco riding, steer wrestling and tie down roping.
These events and many more all come together to create a great family fun-filled rodeo and community-wide event - the world famous 88th annual Williams Lake Stampede in British Columbia's cowboy country - the Cariboo!
Various Locations On The West Coast Of BC
Vancouver, British Columbia
Daily from June 28, 2014 to July 5, 2014
BC Bike Race is a seven-day mountain bike adventure that takes 500+ international participants from Vancouver to Vancouver Island, down the Sunshine Coast & via Squamish to Whistler.
The BC Bike Race is excited to announce that North Vancouver, home of the infamous North Shore trails, will host the opening stage for 2014. Going into year eight, BC Bike Race, the "Ultimate Singletrack Experience," will make a slight change to its route by hosting stage one in North Vancouver. After three years away the trail conditions are right to bring the event back. Other stages are Cumberland, Powell River, Sunshine Coast, Sechelt, Squamish & Whistler.
Check our website for the full schedule.
Bella Coola, British Columbia
Daily from June 28, 2014 to June 29, 2014
The Bella Coola Rodeo, one of the largest amateur rodeos in Western Canada, takes place on the Canada Day weekend. A rodeo in this small community is a wild event, as cowhands show their skills kicking off with a gymkhana, and competing in bronco riding, barrel racing, calf tie-down, team roping, bull riding and the infamous cow patty bingo. A broad range of food and refreshments are offered, including the famous 'Rodeo Burger'. The weekend winds up with the popular Bullarama, where contestants have an opportunity to bid on their own cowboy and win a share of the substantial purse.
1501 Quartz Rd
Cache Creek, British Columbia
Daily from June 28, 2014 to July 1, 2014
Follow the Gold Rush trail to a wagon load of family fun for all! Come for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 days.
June 28: Gold Country 2014 "Passport to the Gold Trail" at the Cache Creek Recreation Park at 9:00 am.
June 29: Letterbox Clue Event at the Packing House in Spences Bridge at 4:00pm.
June 30: Survival of the Wittiest at the Wind and the Pillows B&B in 70 Mile House from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm.
July 1: Canada Day! at Reg Conn Park Meet in Clinton from 11:00 am- 3:00 pm.
For more information and to register, please visit our website.
Golden, British Columbia
Sunday, June 29, 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.
This stop includes the Canadian Uphill Running Championships.
3964 Puntzi Lake Road
Chilanko Forks, British Columbia
Daily from July 4, 2014 to July 6, 2014
The Annual Fishing Derby is fun for all ages! Up to $1000 in prize money. Entry fee is just $20. Weigh in at Woodland Caribou Resort on Puntzi Lake.