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British Columbia Sports Activities and Events

Whether you’re a golfer, hockey enthusiast, or just want to learn about the history of sports in British Columbia, don’t miss out on the wealth of sports activities and event venues in major cities and beyond. Several sports arenas host games and events year round. You’ll also find an extensive collection of artifacts and sports memorabilia at the sports museum in central Vancouver.

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One of the biggest entertainment venues in Vancouver is the Abbotsford Centre, home of the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League and the BC Angels of the Legends Football League. This is the place to watch concerts, wrestling matches, and other events outside of hockey and football season.

Make your way to the BC Sports Hall of Fame & Museum in Vancouver to learn about famous athletic teams and legendary games. spend some time exploring the exhibits in 20 galleries filled with photographs, displays, and sports artifacts. The Hall of Fame features inductees and the Paralympics Inspirations Celebration Gallery.

If you’re looking for a place to work out, head to the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. You’ll find tennis courts, sports fields and archery fields here as well as a swimming pool and whirlpool. Bring the kids to play in the water slide or just relax in the sauna. The complex is designed with five artificial grass fields and has a 10,000 square foot clubhouse.

You can watch the Trial Smoke Eaters compete in leagues and BCHL games during hockey season. The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club was founded in 1926 and plays at Cominco Arena in downtown Trail.

A day at the races can be a fun and energizing experience. Racing and go kart fans can enjoy local racing events at the Western Speedway. It’s located in Victoria and has hosted a variety of races throughout its history, including Victoria Karting, Porsche Club and Super Moto. Spend an hour or two seeing the exhibits at the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame to make the most of your visit.

If you’re a football or soccer fan, don’t miss the chance to watch a game at BC Place. This modern stadium is designed with a retractable roof and is the home of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League and the Vancouver White Caps of Major League Soccer. It’s hosted a variety of major events throughout its history, including the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Another venue to watch hockey games, fights, or music performances is Rogers Arena. It's located in downtown Vancouver and serves as the home of National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks. It’s famous for its hockey games but also hosts events including the Ultimate Fighting Championships, concerts, and awards shows.

When golfing is at the top of your itinerary during your trip to British Columbia, you’ll find several golf courses right in Vancouver. Golf courses in this city cater to golfers of all levels. Play the 18-hole course at the University Golf Club or head to the Morgan Creek Golf Course, McCleery Golf Course, or Fraserview Golf Course for a new experience.

In northern BC, Dawson Creek Golf Club is a popular destination for tee time. You can also practice your swing at the Skeena Valley Golf Course in Terrace or the Melswview Links Golf Club in Valemount.

When you’re in central BC, head to the Eaglepoint Golf Course in Kamlooops or the Eagleriver Golf Course in Sicamous. Vancouver Island also offers some attractive golfing opportunities. You can head to Prospect Lake Golf Course, an 18-hole golf course in Victoria, or play at the Alberni Golf Course in Port Alberni.

Sports enthusiasts will find a wealth of things to do around British Columbia. Let Best Western British Columbia be your home away from home when you’re planning a golf getaway, attending sports events, or just want to learn more about sports history in British Columbia.

Abbotsford Centre

Seating up to 8,500 fans, Abbotsford Centre is the home of outstanding Vancouver, B.C. entertainment year round. Opened in 2009, the arena is primarily the raucous home ice of the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League and home to the BC Angels of the Legends Football League as well.

What’s more, the Abbotsford Centre also plays host to a number of world-class entertainment events traveling through Vancouver. Fans frequently flock to the arena for professional wrestling matches, concerts, and much more.

BC Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

Enjoy a unique look at the sports history of British Columbia. The BC Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, located in central Vancouver, showcases a wonderful collection of British Columbia sports artifacts, photographs, interactive exhibits, galleries and displays.

Stroll through the 20,000 square foot museum to view exhibits in the 20 galleries and learn about Vancouver and British Columbia's sports history. Visit the revitalized Hall of Fame to view the Paralympics Inspirations Celebration Gallery, in addition to the Hall of Fame inductees.

The Artifact collection boasts of more than 21,000 pieces from the last 100 years. The extensive archival collection also offers a wealth of knowledge for those seeking additional information.

Burnaby Lake Sports Complex

You don't have to miss a day of exercise because you're on vacation. Burnaby Lake Sports Complex features a 10,000 sq ft club house, along with five artificial grass fields. This Burnaby complex is located near the Burnaby Lake Regional Nature Park, and is home to the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

The sports centre hosts a variety of ice events, as well as conventions, concerts, consumer shows and special events. Outside recreational areas include tennis courts, archery fields and sports fields. The pool area includes a water slide, whirlpool, sauna and year-round swimming. Enjoy your time in the Vancouver area.

Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club

Donning orange, black, and white, the Trail Smoke Eaters represent the city of Trail in the British Columbia Hockey League. Founded in 1926, the club carries a long history and a score of victories. The club has played in both senior and junior divisions, with the senior history especially prolific - they won two Allan cups and two World Hockey Championships.

Now playing as a junior club only, the team competes as part of the Interior Division in the BCHL. They play at Cominco Arena in downtown Trail, in the heart of eastern British Columbia.

Western Speedway

Feel the speed and energy of local racing in British Columbia. Located in Victoria on Vancouver Island, Western Speedway is a popular motor speedway and go kart venue. It is also the site of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Famous races held at the venue include the Super Moto, Victoria Karting, Porsche Club races, and the LORDCO Total Destruction Rally. There are many distinct and exciting ways to enjoy a stay in Victoria, and a day at the races at Western Speedway is one of the best.

BC Place

BC Place, located in downtown Vancouver, is one of the most prized, multi-purpose venues in the region. A fan favorite, the stadium is primarily the home of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League and the Vancouver White Caps of Major League Soccer.

The stadium was recently renovated in 2009 and 2011 to enhance and modernize the game day experience, most notably with the addition of a retractable roof and jaw-dropping, high definition scoreboard.

The stadium has hosted many different crowd-pleasing events over the years, like renowned concerts, the 2014 Heritage Classic, and even the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Rogers Arena

An integral part of Vancouver’s downtown sports venues, Rogers Arena has been pleasing sports fans and concert goers since its opening in 1995.

The arena is the proud home ice to the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks, as well as being the former home to many other former Vancouver sports teams.

The arena is known for than just hockey, however. The arena comfortably accommodates other major events like Ultimate Fighting Championships, speaker-blowing concerts for the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Janet Jackson, and even popular awards shows like the annual Juno Awards.