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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Williams Lake Stampede Grounds
Williams Lake, British Columbia
Toll-free800-71-RODEO (BC only)
Daily from June 26, 2015 to June 29, 2015
Every year 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!
100 Lorne St. (Ball Diamond)
Gold Bridge, British Columbia
Daily from June 26, 2015 to June 28, 2015
A long running, great 'go and camp' ball tournament. Two full days of great ball, a fun times dance, home cooked concession food and many other recreational activities for the family right at hand.
Whistler Olympic Plaza
Whistler, British Columbia
Daily from June 27, 2015 to July 4, 2015
BC Bike Race is far more than a race. While it may be the best seven days you've ever had on a mountain bike, that's only part of the story. BC Bike Race is an adventure and an experience. It's a tour of British Columbia's West Coast - the trails, the towns, the lifestyle. There's something different about BC, including how we get around. Our rugged coastline means you'll be crossing mountains and oceans, by boats, planes, buses, and bikes. Friends and spectators will have an opportunity to congratulate the riders on their accomplishment on July 4 as they cross the finish line at Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Bella Coola, British Columbia
Daily from June 27, 2015 to June 28, 2015
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.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Saturday, June 27, 2015
The GoodLife Fitness City Chase is one of Canada's largest urban adventure races! Navigate your way through the city to find hidden chase points that will test both your fitness and your mind!
2201 148 Street
Surrey, British Columbia
Daily from July 3, 2015 to July 13, 2015
This annual event is devoted to providing young, high calibre, female athletes the opportunity to expand their potential & ability by fielding elite level fastpitch teams, offering exposure to potential university & college scholarships while providing a source of inspiration & mentorship to the youth of the sport. Also an entertaining, fun-filled sporting experience for the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch spectator!
634 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
Daily from July 4, 2015 to July 5, 2015
In its 6th year, the Tofino Saltwater Classic fishing derby was created by former National Hockey League (NHL) player Brendan Morrison as a fundraiser for Tofino community initiatives.
551 Recreation Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia
Every 52 weeks on Tuesday-Friday from July 7, 2015 to July 10, 2015
From complete beginners to experienced curlers, everyone aged 8-20 is welcome at this fun three-and-a-half day summer camp.
Come along and take part fun group activities, fitness training and curling lessons tailored to your level of experience. Attendees will also have the chance to gain skills awards and receive a free t-shirt, meals and snacks.
It's a great opportunity to meet new people and have some fun whilst learning a new skill.
At the end of the camp there will be a two-day curling competition (spiel) from July 10-12 which is optional.
For more information, visit the website.
Mount 7 Launch Site and Golden Eco Ranch
Golden, British Columbia
Daily from July 12, 2015 to July 18, 2015
Come watch these graceful pilots soar over the Columbia Valley in their hang gliders from Mount 7.
The Mount 7 flying site in Golden has for more than two decades offered superb conditions while hosting pilots from across North America and around the world. Mount 7 and the Columbia Valley are famous for incredible thermal conditions and excellent cross-country opportunities. Numerous pilots have achieved personal best flights launching from Mount 7. Golden is one of Canada's mecca for foot-launched flying.
Gyro Park 171 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Last year more than 2,800 cyclists joined Axel Merckx and friends in the Cortofondo (55 km), Mediofondo (92 km), and Granfondo (160 km). Now it's your chance. Take the challenge. Train. Ride. Enjoy.
The 5th annual Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan starts in Penticton, continues along parts of Okanagan and Skaha Lake and along side some of BC's most beautiful vineyards.
Registration now open.