I have a series of Vancouver Gift Guides I’ll be sharing this week that will help you find the perfect local gifts that come wrapped up with quality time with family and friends, and experiences you’ll never forget.
Gifts for Sports Fans in Vancouver
Today, I’m going to focus on the sport fanatic in your life, whether they live for the face off or kick off, appreciate the history and legacy of great athletes in BC, or love to get their own adrenaline pumping.
The Vancouver Canucks have introduced Cineplex Family Packs starting at $40 a ticket. Get 4 tickets to a game of your choice, receive a $20 Team Store discount (on purchase of $100 or more), plus 4 Cineplex movie passes and 2 popcorns, and enjoy a Classic Combo or the Collectible Combo at the Canucks game. The Canucks also have 3 game packs of tickets available for certain games throughout the season.
Individual tickets for the 2015 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season are not yet available but season tickets are, starting at just $369. The same goes for the 2015 BC Lions season, and their season ticket packs are on sale now starting at $271.
The Vancouver Giants have several ticket pack options including Mini Packs for popular games, Friday nights, or weekends. There’s also the fantastic deal that comes with the White Spot Family Pack for $99. 4 Red Category tickets to any regular season home game, 2 Legendary Burger Platters, 2 Pirate Paks, 1 game-night parking pass, and a $10 gas gift certificate from Chevron.
Finally for baseball fans, Vancouver Canadians season tickets are on sale and the club hosts a few off-season events like the Scotiabank Hot Stove Luncheon happening January 23rd, for which tickets are now on sale. Canadians merchandise can be purchased online.
FIFA Women’s World Cup
Canada is hosting the world in the summer of 2015 and several FIFA Women’s World Cup matches will be played at BC Place in Vancouver. Stadium passports (so a pass to all matches at BC Place) or half passports are on sale now. With the passports you can catch all the action at BC Place throughout June and July, save up to 25% on individual ticket prices and sit in the same seats for all matches. Tickets are also transferable between friends and family.
Games at BC Place for the FIFA Women’s World Cup include: June 8: Japan vs. Switzerland / Cameroon vs. Ecuador; June 12: Switzerland vs. Ecuador / Japan vs. Cameroon; June 16: USA vs. Nigeria; June 21: Round of 16, featuring A1 (possibly Canada); June 23: Round of 16, featuring C1; June 27: Quarterfinal (possibly Canada); July 5: Final.
Vancouver teams each have their own online shops or team stores that you can visit. The Canucks have an online gift guide and stores at Rogers Arena, 1151 Robson Street, 2893 East Hastings, and at Morgan Crossing in Surrey. Pick up gifts from jerseys and toques to iPhone cases and onesies for kids.
The BC Lions Store has jerseys, stockings, ornaments, hats and more online and their locker room sale takes place 11:00am to 2:00pm on December 13th at BC Place.
For anthem jackets, scarves, gift cards, t-shirts, half-season tickets and more check out the Whitecaps Shop online.
The Vancouver Giants have an online shop, and a store at the Pacific Coliseum on game days, with scarves, jerseys, hoodies, collectibles, and more.
BC Sports Hall of Fame
If there’s a sports fan on your Christmas list consider passes to the BC Sports Hall of Fame. From the Terry Fox and Rick Hansen galleries, to Vancouver 2010 and Olympic exhibits, and plenty of hands-on fun, a visit makes for a great day out with the family at BC Place.
A full family membership is $75 and members receive perks throughout the year. Enjoy unlimited visits to the hall for 4 family members for the year, 4 free admission passes for friends, discounts on merchandise and event rentals, advanced registration for kids programming and select lectures, and invitations to member events and exhibit previews.
Light Adventure Outdoors
For the sports fan who loves to be active themselves, there are several gifts for them to use around Vancouver, from sea to sky.
Close to home, the Vancouver Park Board has gift cards available that can be pre-loaded with $25 to $100. The gift cards can be used at 21 fitness centres, 13 swimming pools, 8 ice rinks, 3 golf courses, 3 pitch and putt courses, 2 gardens, and much more.
Our three local mountains all have something different to offer and passes are available now for skiing, boarding, and more outdoor fun at Mount Seymour, Cypress, and Grouse Mountain.
The Sea to Sky Gondola is the new hot spot in Canada’s recreation capital, Squamish. Tickets and passes make a great gift for any season. Hike in the summer, snowshoe in the winter, and enjoy a meal in the Summit Lodge anytime.
For those looking for the ultimate rush, give the gift of an Olympic bobsleigh experience! The Whistler Sliding Centre is now open for bobsleigh, skeleton, and luge runs.
Watch for a series of posts featuring themed gift ideas in the Vancouver Gift Guide this week.