Greater Vancouver Sports Teams & Leagues

Here is a quick summary of how to get involved with sports by yourself or with a group. Find out how to join a team or league, and make new friends!

Put on runners and shorts and head to one of the many aerobics clubs and gyms, including the "Y" locations or one of the Leisure Centres.
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This summer, you can watch or play in a baseball game, in one of several leagues. Contact Baseball BC at (604) 737-3031, or the Softball League at (604) 531-0044.
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Basketball is a year-round sport. Try BC Basketball Association(604) 241-4667
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Ride on the region's many bike paths. There are biking areas set aside in popular parks in the region: Iona Beach (Richmond), Matsqui Trail (Matsqui), Pacific Spirit (near UBC)
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Bowling with family or friends is fun at the dozen bowling lanes around town. Enquire to join league play!
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Vancouver 's indoor curling arenas offer this Olympic sport year-round. There are 14 curling rinks and clubs in the Lower Mainland. Contact BC Curling Association at (604) 737-3040
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There are a number of world class diving facilities in the Lower Mainland: the UBC Aquatic Centre, The Vancouver Aquatic Centre (downtown), and the Canada Games Pool Fitness Centre (New Westminster).
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Take a "stab" at the Olympic sport of swordsmanship! Call the BC Sport Fencing Association at (604) 737-3044

There are lots of good places to got fishing around Vancouver. Here are some of the parks with fishing areas: Belcarra (Port Moody/Belcarra) , Capilano River (North/West Vancouver ), Deas Island (Delta), Derby Reach (Langley Township), Kanaka Creek (Maple Ridge) , Matsqui Trail (Abbotsford)

Football leagues are hopping late summer into the fall. Contact the Football BC at (604) 583-9363
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Grab your clubs and head to the 50-odd public or semi-public golf courses around town. (List and Map of golf courses). Take a class or enquire about one-on-one instruction from the golf pro.
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Gymnastics has a high media profile at the Olympics, and has the youngest entry (and retirement) ages. Here some good organizations: BC Gymnastic Federation (604) 737-3156, and th BC Rythmic Gymnastics Association (604) 737-3129
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Hiking takes you into the world of nature. This city offers near-nature jaunts at Pacific Spirit Park , Burnaby Lake , Burnaby Mountain , Burns Point , Buntzen Lake Circuit , Minnekhada , Addington Marsh , and Burke Mountain Woodland Trail
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Skates and a hockey stick is all you need to play hockey. Check with local arenas(listing) for ice times. Year round inline hockey at Stardust in Surrey (604-584-6630) and Westcoast Sportsplex in Langley.
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Horseback Riding
The Lower Mainland is horse country. you can rent a horse or learn to ride at several ranches and stables around Vancouver. There are a number of riding stables and dude ranches in the area, including Alpine Riding Academy in Anmore (640-469-111), Campbell Calley Equestrian Ranch in Langley (604-534-7444), McLeod Creek Wilderness Ranch in Pemberton Meadows - just north of Whistler (250-894-5704), NS Whitler Oudoor Experience in Whistler (250-932-3389).. You can go riding at Manning Park, about 3 hours east of Vancouver (250-840-8844). There is a trail to Monument 83, about 10 miles/16 km away from the corral (about 5 hours each way), which follows the Similkameen River and Castle Creek.
Ice skating
Vancouver offers ice skating year-round, plus winter-time outdoor rinks (city rinks listing). In the summer-time, cool of at the city's indoor rinks.
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Martial Arts
Learn to defend yourself at over 20 studios, where they train in both the mental and physical skills in the martial arts. Check with the Karate BC Association (604) 737-3051, Kee's Tae Kwon Do: (604) 235-2474 and Judo BC Association: (604) 737-3050.
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Motor Biking
There are several places around town you can do some off-road biking, with some great scenery. Ride with your friends, or join a competitive group.

Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is so popular that several indoor climbing walls have opened up in the city. But you could also head to the mountains. For indoor rock walls, Cliff Hanger Indoor Climbing Centre (Vancouver ) 604-874-2400 Edge Climbing Centre (North Vancouver ) 604-984-9080 Rock House Indoor Climbing Centre (Richmond) 604-276-0012 . Outdoor climbing venues include Squamish Chief, Squamish, BC. (a nice thousand foot climb, just before the Squamish turnoff on Highway 99) , or Mt. Slesse (7850') Chilliwack, BC. ( a 3000 foot summertime climb, 17 from Chilliwack)
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You can go inline blading on any of the city's bike paths. There are hundreds of kilometres of public pathways are relatively flat and wind along the beautiful seawalls with their water and ocean view. In the winter and on rainy days, you can blade indoors ar the Stardust Skating Center (584-6630).
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Rugby is about as rough and tough as football. Its probably as much fun to watch as play! Check out the teams and leagues in Vancouver : Contact the BC Rugby Union at (604) 737-3065
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Running, Track & Field
Run along any of this area's hundreds of miles of bike paths. Scenic runs are around Stanley Park and another hundred kilometres of public pathways in the region that are relatively flat and wind along the beautiful seawalls with their water and ocean view. There are almost a hundred organized races, ranging from 1 mile to a triathlon, and several track & field meets each summer. Contact the BC Athletic Association at (604) 737-3170 .
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Vancouver has several leagues for the world's most popular sport: Contact the BC Soccer Association (604) 299-6401
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Skiing, Cross-Country
Close to Vancouver are several cross-country ski venues. When there's snow on the ground, try any of the larger city parks. Otherwise head up to Mount Seymour or Grouse Mountain. With their elevation, they get more snow, and it doesn't melt as fast providing more dependable skiing.
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Skiing, Downhill
The mountains makes Vancouver Canada's mecca for skiers. There are several ski hills close to Vancouver.
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The mild climate of Vancouver makes for year-round volleyball. You can play either indoors or on the beach. Contact the BC Volleyball Association at 604-291-2007

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