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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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Round the Mountain - Kimberley

Kimberley Nordic Centre
Kimberley, British Columbia
V1A 2Y5

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The spectacular annual Round The Mountain Festival showcases Kimberley's beautiful and diverse trail network and features the Round The Mountain Trail. Participants can choose from a variety of hiking, running, and mountain biking challenges around North Star Mountain, plus kids races, live music, food, drinks and a beer garden will provide fun and entertainment for everyone. Choose from 10 km Run; 20 km Mountain Bike or Run or the 40 km Duo - one Round The Mountain on your bike and the another on foot. All events start and finish at the Kimberley Nordic Centre.


Tough Mudder Whistler - Whistler

Whistler Olympic Park
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B0

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.


Christina Lake Triathlon - Christina Lake

Hwy 3
Christina Lake, British Columbia
V0H 1E0

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Triathlon sponsored by Pharmasave welcomes adults and kids ages 7 to 12 to participate. Adults: 750 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run starts at 9:30 am. Kids: 100 m swim, 6 km bike and 2 km run. Start time 8:30 am.


Stoked To Get Spanked Mountain Bike Race - Revelstoke

118 MacKenzie Ave
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0

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!


2014 Island Summer Games - Victoria

Topaz Park
Victoria, British Columbia
V8A 2B4

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!


Annual Williams Lake Stampede - Williams Lake

Williams Lake Stampede Grounds
Williams Lake, British Columbia
V2G 2V2
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!


BC Bike Race - Vancouver

Various Locations On The West Coast Of BC
Vancouver, British Columbia
V5Z 1X3

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 Valley Rodeo - Bella Coola

Rodeo Grounds
Bella Coola, British Columbia
V0T 1C0

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.


Furious3 Fernie - Fernie Alpine Resort

5339 Fernie Ski Hill Rd
Fernie Alpine Resort, British Columbia
V0B 1M6

Daily from June 28, 2014 to June 30, 2014

Furious3 is a three-day mountain bike stage race (Singletrack 6, Fernie 3 and Fernie Enduro) that will challenge riders at all levels of experience.

Fernie has a little bit of every kind of riding imaginable. There are steep, singletrack uphills, technical downhills, flowing bermy trails, rainforest routes & leisurely fun trails.

Furious3 incorporates these & more to make the perfect mountain bike challenge. Three days of some of the best trails & terrain that British Columbia & Canada has to offer.

One of the biggest compliments this race gets is that the courses are spectacular & challenging & the competitors' friends & families can come out to support the riders.


Gold Country Geocaching Event - Passport to the Gold Trail - Cache Creek

1501 Quartz Rd
Cache Creek, British Columbia
V0K 1H0

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.

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