Whether you are a spectator or participant, Victoria’s sports entertainment options are diverse and plentiful. From peaceful paddling on a stand-up paddle board (SUP) to the heart pounding excitement of BC Premier League rugby, you’ll find sports entertainment to suit every personality and every season.
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The Victoria Harbourcats are an amateur, wood-bat baseball team who play in the West Coast League (WCL) at the Royal Athletic Park, located at 1014 Caledonia Ave in Victoria, British Columbia. The WCL is a summer league that draws elite level players from different college teams from various conferences across North America. Read more.
Victoria is becoming known as a biking community. We have bike paths that weave their way through the city and parks and trails open for riding. The Bear Mountain Bike Park in Langford BC is home to the Canadian National Mountain Bike team and the brand new Jordie Lunn Bike Park opened in Langford in May 2021. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome. A smaller bike park opened in View Royal Park and is attracting young riders although all are welcome.
One of Victoria's popular sports entertainment activities is the Ryder Hesjedal Tour de Victoria which normally happens each August, however the 2021 edition happened in October. They will be back to summertime next year with a scheduled race date of Saturday, August 20, 2022.
Skate parks are popping up around town with one of the most popular being the Victoria Skate Park on Esquimalt Road in Vic West.
Being an island, we’ve got a bit of water nearby! Boating, crabbing, saltwater and freshwater fishing are all very popular past-times for residents and tourists. For a memorable experience, consider a salmon or halibut fishing charter.
Check TourScanner for our most popular boat trips and tours.
There are several indoor pools at recreation centres throughout Greater Victoria including Commonwealth Pool, where as the name implies, the Commonwealth Games were held in 1994. The pool is still home to several competitions throughout the year. There is one pool in Victoria that is considered “outdoor” located at the University but it is located in a courtyard with a building surrounding it and doesn’t have the same feel as the kind of pools I grew up with. Other options for swimming include lakes and the ocean.
Freediving and snorkeling are popular experiences for locals and tourists. Read more about these exhilarating activities.
Bear Mountain Resort in Langford is Golf Canada’s official training centre and that should tell you something about golf and Victoria – it’s a pretty big deal around here. Popular destinations to get your golf fix include:
The Victoria Royals are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League. They make their home at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre located at Blanshard and Caledonia. The team plays September through March. Read more.
Kayaking is by far, more popular than canoeing here in Victoria. There are many locations throughout the region to rent kayaks but you are advised to call ahead to inquire about canoe availability. For a truly memorable experience, consider a guided tour. Learn more about kayaking and boat rentals here.
The Victoria Shamrocks are a Senior A box lacrosse team who play in the Western Lacrosse Association and are perennial favourites to win. Home games are played at the Q Centre located in the West Shore Parks and Recreation complex.
Paddle boarding is quickly becoming as popular as kayaking. Find the best spots and where to get equipment here.
Experience an unforgettable day of adventure with these sports entertainment options for the whole family.
If you're unfamilar with escape rooms, think live-action adventure game that incorporates puzzles, codes and the sleuthing of clues. Fun for the whole family.
Paintball is played outside on a wilderness course and requires a bit of speed, agility and the acknowledgement that it just might hurt a little when you get hit. At least one paintball company offers your money back if you really aren’t enjoying yourself. You’ve got nothing to lose by giving it a try.
We are fortunate to have Rugby Canada making their home in Langford where we are treated to premier sports entertainment of international men’s and women’s rugby several times a year. This includes stops on the Americas Rugby Championship tour for the men and hosting the Canadian stop on HSBC Women’s Sevens rugby tournament every year, usually around the Mother’s Day weekend. Our amateur teams who play in the BC Premier Division provide more regular sports entertainment on Saturdays from September through April. Learn more about rugby in Victoria.
In April 2019 the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League - professional soccer - kicked off with our very own Pacific Football Club one of the founding 7 teams. With COVID nearly behind us (we hope!), we look forward to getting out to Starlight Stadium (formerly Westhills Stadium) Langford to take in their home games and help build the fledgling league. Read more.
Jordan River is the closest location to Victoria but if you've got the time, I highly recommend surfing out of Tofino, Check this link for the best activities Tofino has to offer.
You don’t have to hike the West Coast Trail or the Juan de Fuca Trail to enjoy the great outdoors. There are plenty of options for all fitness levels in the Greater Victoria region. Some of the popular walking paths in the downtown area are Ogden Point Breakwater, The David Foster Harbour Pathway and the Westsong Walkway. I'm also a fan of the trail around the Westshore Parks and Recreation Centre and Thetis Lake.
If your idea of sports entertainment includes climbing, jumping and ziplining through nature, then you’re going to love Wildplay. It’s basically an obstacle course, built into the trees with rope swings, cargo nets, tightropes, wobbly bridges and more. There’s an adventure course for the kids situated just a few feet off the ground (photos below) and then a higher version for the adults.
You want sports entertainment? Victoria’s got it!
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