Polar Bear Swim (January 1; www.vancouverparks.ca): launched in 1920, this New Year dip in the chilly waters of English Bay annually attracts around 2,000 participants – and many more spectators.
Vancouver Sun Run (late April; www.sunrun.com): one of North America’s biggest and most popular 10km road races attracts more than 50,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair racers.
BMO Vancouver Marathon (early May; www.bmovanmarathon.ca): the city’s annual road race for serious runners.
Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition (mid-May; www.cloverdalerodeo.com): cowboy-themed events from wagon races to bucking broncos.
Vancouver International Marathon (early May; www.vanmarathon.bc.ca): the city's annual road race for serious runners.
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival (mid-June; www.dragonboatbc.ca): popular and ever-growing series of dragon boat races in the waters of False Creek.
B.C. Highland Games (late-June; www.bchighlandgames.com): popular and ever-growing series of dragon boat races in the waters of False Creek.
Vancouver International Triathalon (July; www.triseries.ca): swimming, cycling and running race centered on Spanish Banks.
Sea Wheeze Lululemon Half-Marathon (August; www.seawheeze.com): popular new run via the parks, beaches and streets of downtown Vancouver.
Grouse Grind Mountain Run (August; www.grousemountain.com): 500 runners scramble up Vancouver’s signature peak trail before collapsing in a heap at the top.
RBC GranFondo Whistler (September; www.rbcgranfondowhistler.com): highly popular mass-participation bike race from Vancouver to Whistler, via the Sea-to-Sky Highway.