Vancouver Racquet Sports
Racquet sports, tennis, squash and badminton, are very popular in Vancouver. However, it’s not always easy to find a place to play because many facilities are located in private sports clubs.
However, don’t despair because the fabulous Vancouver Department of Parks and Recreation and The North Vancouver RecCentres come to the rescue once again.
Many of the Vancouver Community Centres and North Van RecCentres have squash and racquetball courts, and many of them have drop in badminton games. And North Van has a new, excellent indoor tennis facility.
If you’re moving to Vancouver or planning to stay for a while and you want to play squash regularly, consider joining Evergreen Squash Club. Located in North Vancouver, a block from the north end of Lions Gate Bridge, this excellent facility has five singles courts, a doubles court and a compact, well-equipped fitness facility.
The Club is inexpensive to join and most members are dedicated squash players. You can play on the box ladder, play on a league team and easily integrate yourself into the Evergreen community. For more information, call 604-878-3878.
Here is a list of Vancouver community centres that have racquet courts and/or badminton. If you want to play, call ahead for availability.
Community Centres with Squash, Badminton and/or Racquetball
West End Community Centre (downtown)
870 Denman Street
Coal Harbour Community Centre (downtown)
480 Broughton Street
Champlain Heights Community Centre
3350 Macquinna Drive
Racquet Bal, Squash, Badminton
Dunbar Community Centre
4747 Dunbar Street
Hastings Community Centre
3096 East Hastings Street
Kensington Community Centre
5175 Dumfries Street
Racquetball, Badminton Courts
Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre
990 West 59th Ave
Mount Pleasant Community Centre
3161 Ontario Street
Racquetball Court, Badminton
Trout Lake Community Centre
3350 Victoria Drive
Along with 183 outdoor tennis courts, there are 10 public indoor courts, four in Vancouver and six on the North Shore, so you can enjoy tennis all year long.
Vancouver’s public tennis courts are located in 43 city parks. We’ve listed the most prominent below.
Outdoor Tennis Courts
located at the north end of West Georgia has 21 courts
Queen Elizabeth Park
located at 29th and 37th Avenue, Cambie and Ontario Street has 17 courts
Kitsilano Beach Park
Just across the Burrard Street Bridge on Cornwall Street, has 10 courts
The UBC Tennis Centre
located at 6184 Thunderbird Blvd, has 10 courts available from the middle of April to the middle of October. Courts can be reserved in the summer by calling 604-822-2505
Indoor Tennis Courts
The UBC Tennis Centre, located at 6184 Thunderbird Blvd, has four indoor courts available all year. Call 604-822-2505 for more information.
BC Tennis Centre
6184 Thunderbird Blvd
You can also find indoor public tennis courts at the new: Grant Connell Tennis Centre at 3rd & Lloyd Street in North Vancouver. The Centre has six indoor tennis courts
You can book courts up to 24 hours in advance by calling
Grant Connell Tennis Centre
280 Lloyd Avenue
Finally, don’t forget the excellent, very conveniently located YMCA. It has an amazing array of health and fitness equipment and facilities, including squash and racquetball.
Robert Lee YMCA
955 Burrard Street
V6Z 1Y2 , Canada