We provide an overview of spectator sports in Vancouver and a listing for local sports teams in Vancouver to get you up and running. Playing team sports in a new city is a fantastic way to find like-minded people, so push yourself to get out and meet new people as much as possible.
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Hockey — If you can afford to treat yourself to local culture, check out one of the home games for the Vancouver Canucks, the local hockey team. “Scalper” (tout) tickets drop to $50-$80 if you wait until first period (games go on for around two and a half hours). The hockey season lasts from September to April, with playoffs through May. Click here to find out the schedule.
Soccer (Football) — Go watch the Vancouver Whitecaps who are playing their third season in the MLS. They currently play at BC Place. Click here to find out the schedule.
Canadian Football — The BC Lions are Vancouver’s Canadian Football League (CFL) representatives. The sport is almost identical to American football and played during the summer months. Click here to find out the schedule.
Urban Rec Leagues are all about being active, being social and having fun. They offer drop in and competitive leagues in sports including beach volleyball, hockey, soccer, basketball and ultimate. See Urban Rec – Vancouver.
The Vancouver Greencaps are an amateur soccer team in Vancouver, made up predominantly of English and Irish guys on working holiday visas. Training is on Thursdays at Point Grey Secondary School Turf in Kerrisdale. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Andy Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit their website.
Douglas Park Rangers
Douglas Park Rangers is an 11-a-side soccer team that plays in the VMSL DIVISION 2 ‘B’. We are looking for a few committed players for the 2012/2013 winter league. Games are usually on Saturdays at 2 p.m. with some Sunday games. We practice once a week on a Tuesday night at Andy Livingston pitch in downtown Vancouver. If you are interested please contact Justin at (604) 505 0048 or email@example.com for more details.
The Irish Sports and Social Club (ISCC) is experiencing fantastic growth in recent years. Get involved with mens and ladies football teams, a hurling team and also a camogie team. See their website for more info on training and tournaments.
Scribes Rugby Club plays touch rugby every Wednesday evening at 6.30 p.m. at Trout Lake East Van and in a competitive league during the spring and winter. They have a cosmopolitan team of Canadians, Irish, English, Kiwis, Aussies, Saffers, Americans and a couple more from around the world. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit their website.
Touch (Tag) Rugby
A bunch of Kiwis, Ozzies, Saffas along with some Canadians get together every Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Stanley Park — Brockton Oval. Everybody and all skill levels are welcome. We play International Touch rules and are happy to teach those who are keen to learn.
If Brockton Oval is closed or being used, we will play on the lower fields by the cricket ground. Visit our Facebook Group for more info.
Vancouver Cougars train on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., but that doesn’t start until March or April. Typically some indoor soccer or basketball is used over the winter to keep in touch, so keep an eye on this page for updates. In the meantime you check out our website or Facebook page for more information.
Bayhawks AFC are the newest and up-and-coming team playing Australian Rules in Vancouver. We are currently looking for players, with the season running from April to September. It is a good mix of fun, fitness and socialising. Games are on Saturday afternoons and trainings are on Thursday nights. Get down for a kick and have some fun! To contact the club visit our website or find us on facebook.
Bike / Rollerblade / Long board or Run around the Sea Wall (Stanley Park)
For biking around Stanley Park, you can rent from Spokes (Denman – Georgia St), Bay Shore Bike & Rollerblade (Denman St), Stanley Park Cycle (Denman St) , English Bay (Davie – Denman St)
Pitch n Putt (Beers allowed!) Stanley Park (Downtown) , Queen Elizabeth (West 33rd- Cambie St) , Rupert Park (East Side / Rupert – 1st Ave)
Bike trails on North Shore or Pacific Spirit Park (UBC)
Tennis (drop in at Public Tennis Courts )
Golf - Public Golf Courses
Frisbee Golf (Queen Elizabeth Park)
Public Ice Rinks Downtown (Robson Square), West End (Barclay – Denman St) , Kitsilano (Larch St) , Commercial Drive (Britannia Community Centre) , Other Public Ice rinks
Indoor Climbing at Cliff Hanger Climbing (Main St)
Outdoor Climbing at “The Chief”
A – Z Park Finder
For information on various other sports not listed here, please refer to Vancouver Park Board Facilities (Various Sports).
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