Pickleball, low-tech pitching tent for softball and baseball, tennis racquets, frisbee golf sets and more, all available now in Canada.
Sure, parts of BC get thunderstorms and enough snow to extend the ski season, but we can’t postpone spring indefinitely.
To kick start activities on sunny days (even if the weather isn’t cooperating), we’ve compiled a list of outdoor gear to suit any type of weekend warrior: from the football game to training. for the softball beer league through a local. the park’s disc golf, pitch and putt and pickleball facilities.
Resuming tennis or hoping to resume racketing after a long break? Build a quality foundation: Rackets & Runners of Vancouver offers expert advice with an extensive inventory (plus, they offer same-day delivery in Vancouver; for orders over $100, shipping is free in Canada ). For inexpensive “I’m just trying” options, Amazon offers name-brand gear like Head racquets for less than $40. There are also Wilson Federer Team 105 racquets at Canadian Tire.
Pickleball (a cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong) has been gaining popularity in British Columbia for about 10 years. Many municipalities have dedicated outdoor courts for all ages. Enthusiasts love the game because it doesn’t require intense athleticism (hand-eye coordination certainly helps), the court is smaller than tennis, it’s a social game, and the score is easy to track. Find Pickleball Paddles Canada (available online or by pickup) at Canadian Tire.
Canada has World Cup fever and a soccer ball is something to keep for the occasional impromptu game, play date or skills practice. Find a 2022 World Cup soccer ball at Adidas, Lotto soccer balls at Canadian Tire and Umbra soccer balls at Walmart.
Notice an increase in inline skaters along trails and bike paths? Thanks to a resurgence spurred by the coronavirus, inline skating is back. Find highly rated Bauer RS Senior inline skates at Pro Hockey Life.
Described as a “third parent” for little leaguers, a pitchback net has a target area and returns the ball from different angles. There are several options at different price points, but the general construction is the same (rectangular metal frame with netting). SKLZ Pitchback Net ($36.99) on Amazon or directly through SKLZ.
Canadians love disc golf: it was invented in Saskatchewan, and Canada comes third on a list of most disc golf courses listed by country (most are nine or 18 holes). Getting into the game doesn’t require a big investment in equipment or memorizing complicated rules, just throw the disc as close to a target as possible, with each throw counting as one hit. Langley’s Ace Runners has sets from $27 to $60. There’s also the Innova Disc Golf set on Amazon ($40.84).
Golf can be a serious (and slow) sport and the courses are absolutely packed in the summer. Pitch and putt gets you to the green with no time commitment and is great practice for longer courses. Two clubs are recommended for pitch and putts: a new iron and a putter. (It also doesn’t hurt to have a sand wedge and a pitching wedge.) Golftown has every option under the sun. Golf equipment is also a popular second-hand product; for used sets, check out Sports Junkies and local listings on Facebook and Craigslist.
One of the best things about living in British Columbia is the endless hiking trails along the ocean, through forests, and hidden places to walk neighborhood dogs. To help with posture, balance, and support, trekking poles aren’t just for hard-core hikers. Compact Komperdell Walker Powerlock post ($69.95 at MEC).
To add resistance to a walk, these one pound ankle weights are great for rehabilitation and building muscle. Like any physical activity, there is a risk of overdoing it with too much stress on the ankle and joints. Everlast One Pound Ankle/Wrist Weight, $21.99 at Amazon.