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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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Outdoor Skating Rink - The Fairmont Empress - Victoria

721 Govt St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1W5

Daily from October 31, 2014 to January 15, 2015

Operating from November 20, 2014 until mid-January 2015, the approximately 60' x 90' covered rink will offer public skating 5pm - 9pm weekdays and 12pm to 9pm weekends. Skate rentals, Skate 'n Date nights and Family Skate afternoon are some of the ways to enjoy the tradition of winter skating. For groups there are Office Skates, Holiday Parties on Ice, and Break + Skate meeting options. Special seasonal festivities include Sunday Skates with Santa, and Christmas Eve Skating with the Elves, hot cocoa and cider. The cost is $10 per person, $5 for children aged 10 and under and rentals are available at $5 per pair.


1st Annual Mustache Mile at Silver Star Mountain Resort - Silver Star Mountain Resort

Silver Star Village
Silver Star Mountain Resort, British Columbia
V1B 3M1

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Join us in Silver Star Village from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm for the first annual Mustache Mile. Silver Star, Sovereign Lake and The Canadian Cancer society have joined together to put on this exciting cross country fundraising event. Show off your gorgeous mustache you have been working so hard to grow all month or just come out to support a great cause. All of the proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Cost by donation: $5 or $10. Includes free rentals and a mustache cookie for all participants!


Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour - Burnaby

3676 Kensington Ave
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5B 4Z6

Daily from November 8, 2014 to November 9, 2014

Tourism Burnaby is proud to be a partner of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour - coming to Burnaby's Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

Each week during the 2014/15 NHL season, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will roll into a different community across the country with a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages, culminating in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday, with Ron MacLean hosting live onsite from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio!


MEC Snowfest North Vancouver - North Vancouver

212 Brooksbank Ave
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7J 2C1

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Falling flakes make us happy, so we're throwing a party to welcome winter. Come join us for a flurry of activities and connect with you local outdoor community. It's a festival with something for everyone and features informative clinics, product demos, a place to swap your gear, the latest gear and gizmos, community snowsports groups, info on guide services, and avalanche safety instruction. We will have food, games, a kids' area and prizes to give away all day! Come celebrate winter with us!


Snowpants or No Pants - Smithers

1261 Main St
Smithers, British Columbia
V0J 2N0

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hudson Bay Mountain kick-off the year party! DJ Darkness from Prince George "Snowpants or No Pants" Prizes to be won! Sponsored by Rayz, Valhalla & Hudson Bay Mountian $15 / Tickets go on sale November 1st 2014 (Available at our sponsors store locations)


Movember Moustache Miler - presented by Skullcandy - Vancouver

1151 Stanley Park Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 3W7

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Join us by taking your 'stache on a scenic 5 km tour of Stanley Park. Run, walk or board the route and then join us for a kickin' after party at Brockton Pavilion. Men everywhere will thank you for creating awareness and helping fundraising efforts for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. All net proceeds go to Movember Canada.


2014 CFL Awards - Vancouver

649 Cambie Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 2P1

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Come celebrate the best of the best from 2014 at the CFL Awards.

A perennial Grey Cup Week favourite, the 2014 CFL Awards will take place at the majestic Queen Elizabeth Theatre in the heart of downtown Vancouver. This annual event recognizes the achievements of our league's outstanding athletes and celebrates the spirit of competition.

Tickets are $70-$150 plus applicable services and taxes - Available now at ticketmaster.ca.


Blakes CFL Alumni Legends Luncheon - Vancouver

Vancouver Convention Centre West
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 0C3

Friday, November 28, 2014

As part of the 102nd Grey Cup Festival, the Blakes CFL Alumni Legends Luncheon will bring together the legends of CFL past and present to celebrate the history of the League.

Hosted at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, the luncheon will have three courses. It will also include a silent and live auction in support of the Dire Needs Fund, live entertainment, and the annual Q&A session with high profile Alumni. The event will get started at 11:00 am.

$150 single ticket, $1500 table of 10, plus applicable taxes and service charges.

Call 604.589.ROAR to purchase.


Canadian Football Hall of Fame Weekend - Vancouver

655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 2R7

Daily from November 28, 2014 to December 1, 2014

Football fans in the great white north have another opportunity to celebrate the greatest in the game at the second CFHOF Weekend. Launched in 2013, the exclusive event returns at the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, November 28th to December 1st with two great packages for the MVPs and All-Stars out there. Be seated among legends when the Induction Class of 2015 is announced at the official Hall of Fame Party.


Grey Cup Festival - Commissioner's State of the League - Vancouver

The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 3L5

Friday, November 28, 2014

The 2014 State of the League is the fans opportunity to hear directly from CFL commissioner Mark Cohon.

The Commissioner will not only give his insight on the last year and what the plans are for the future, but take your questions. Come out to meet Mark, have your picture taken with the Grey Cup or just meet other fans and share your love of the game!

Admission is free!

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