August 17, 2023
On the fields and water and in ice rinks and conference rooms, Burnaby is set to host several sport events during the rest of 2023.
“We have a great range of events in the coming months demonstrating how Burnaby is a diverse hub for sport,” said Robyn Hughes, director of Sport Burnaby. “The balance of 2023 builds upon a successful spring and summer hosting schedule of local, provincial, national and international sport events in our city.”
The Burnaby Football Club kicks off September when it hosts its first Labour Day tournament (September 2-4). The new soccer club was formed by the amalgamation of Mountain United FC, Cliff Avenue United FC, Wesburn FC, Burnaby Girls SC and Burnaby District Metro Soccer. The competition takes place on the west fields of Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.
The following weekend marks the return of the sport of lacrosse sixes to Burnaby. The 2023 X-Treme BC Sixes takes over the Burnaby Lake Rugby Fields September 9 and 10 after a successful tournament debut in the same location in 2022. Lacrosse sixes features shorter games, a smaller playing surface and faster tempo.
The best athletes from Western Canadian university rowing programs will compete in a one-day championship event at Burnaby Lake on October 7. And some of these athletes will return to Burnaby Lake November 10-12 for the Canadian University Rowing Championships.
It is a first-time event for Burnaby this fall when Tourism Burnaby hosts a Halloween-themed race on October 29 in Central Park – the Monster Dash 5K. Costumes are highly encouraged, so bring your most hauntingly creative attire and let your imagination run wild! Details are available here.
The Pat Quinn Classic closes the year in late December with the annual holiday season minor hockey tournament in Burnaby attracting top teams from Western Canada and the United States. This year, an additional tournament – the Pat Quinn Classic U15 Elite Invitational – will take also take place in Burnaby and Delta, November 16 to 19.
Burnaby is also hosting two provincial sport organization meetings this fall. The Gymnastics BC Annual General Meeting takes place at the Element Metrotown Hotel on October 14 along with the organization’s awards and scholarships night. Triathlon BC, in partnership with BC Athletics, is hosting a Race Directors’ Conference at the Hilton Burnaby on October 27 and 28. The theme is professionalizing sport delivery and enhancing the athlete experience. Sport Burnaby will be part of a panel at the conference.
So far in 2023, Burnaby has hosted the Canadian netball championships, stops on the World Junior Tennis Tour and Canadian Pickleball Series and the Cascadia Masters Championships Regatta.