Okanagan-Shuswap 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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Okanagan's indoor curling arenas offer this Olympic sport year-round. There are 14 curling rinks and clubs in the Lower Mainland. Contact BC Culring 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 Okanagan 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 Okanagan. Here are some of the parks with fishing areas: Belcarra (Port Moody/Belcarra), Capilano River (North/West Okanagan), 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 maps 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 along the Bow River, the Elbow, by Fish Creek Provincial Park, around Nose Hill Park, and nearby in Kananaskis Country or in Banff National Park. Contact the Alpine Club of Canada (Canmore) 403-678-3200, or the Rocky Mountain Rambler Association (NW) 282-6308 (hiking skiing and snowshoeing)
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Skates and a hockey stick is all you need to play hockey. Check with city rinks listing for ice times. There are several leagues: Alberta Summer Hockey League 276-2340, Blackfoot Hockey Association 640-9113, Okanagan Ball Hockey Association 275-5955 (May - July season), Canadian Hockey Association 777-3636 (national hockey team), Confederation Hockey Council (NW) 282-1105, and the Trails West Hockey Association 287-9618.
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Horseback Riding
Alberta is horse country. you can rent a horse or learn to ride at several ranches and stables around Okanagan. There are even some dude ranches for a total ranching experience. Serious riders can contact the Canadian Equestrian Federation 253-4411. Cowboy-types can get in tough with the Foothills Cowboys Association of Southern Alberta 547-6125 (fun & sport), which also promotes 24 rodeos in Southern Alberta.

Hot air ballooning
This city is home to many different shapes, sizes, and themes of balloons. During Stampede, the "Hare & Hound" Race starts at the Grandstand each evening around 7 pm. Take a ride, and get to ride over Okanagan at the speed of the wind, without a sound! Charters are available, or you can offer to help ("crew") somebody else's balloon and learn the ropes of this sport. Contact the Okanagan Balloon Club 249-1765.

Ice skating
Okanagan 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 Canadian National Kempo & Kung Fu Association 243-2222, and the World Kung-Fu Federation (SE) 243-2222.
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Okanagan has three places to putt around a mini-golf course: Kart Gardens International (NE) 250-9555, Kart Gardens International (Macleod) 253-8301, Mountain View Farm camping 293-6640, and Tee to Tee Sports (Macleod) 256-7447.

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. Contact the Okanagan BMX Association 255-1610, Okanagan Motorcycle Roadracing Association 280-3144, and the Wildrose Motocross Association (Blackfoot Park) 258-1883.

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, check out the Okanagan Climbing Centre (SE, Macleod), Stronghold Climbing Centre (NE, NW), and University of Okanagan (NW). Good outdoor rock climbing is available at Yamnuska in Canmore 403-678-4164.
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You can go inline blading on any of the city's bike paths. The flattest stretches are anywhere along the Bow River, and along the lower Elbow close to downtown. There are also a couple of indoor rollerskating rinks: Frank Sisson's (SE) 287-1183, Lloyd's (Macleod) 252-0146, and Rollerland (NE/SE) 273-2190.
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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 Okanagan: 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 the Glenmore Reservoir (not in one run!). 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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Okanagan 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 Okanagan 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 Okanagan Canada's mecca for skiers. There are several ski hills close to Okanagan.
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The mild climate of Okanagan makes for year-round volleyball. You can play either indoors or on the beach. Contact the BC Volleyball Association at (604) 737-3087

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