Vancouver is the sports hub of Western Canada, and with around 2 million residents the sports landscape is continuing to grow. The Canucks are the most popular team in the city, but talking to several fans they still haven’t quite recovered from their game 7 loss in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Apart from the Canucks, the BC Lions have a devoted following each year, and the Whitecaps FC have had a taste of success in the MLS in recent years.
The sports betting landscape in Vancouver is one of the best of all Canadian cities. Offline sports betting is still nearly non existent (don’t waste your time with Sports Action), but the government run sports betting website PlayNow.com is a decent option if you’re willing to only place parlay bets. If you’d prefer having the option to place single wagers it’s also very easy, safe and legal to sign up at any of our recommended offshore betting sites focused on the Canadian market.
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Offline Sports Betting in Vancouver
Offline sports betting in Vancouver is available, but it’s run by the BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation) under the Sports Action brand name and it’s a very outdated product in British Columbia. The Sports Action odds are the worst of any government run sports betting lottery in Canada (more on this here). If you place your bets through Sports Action you are definitely leaving a lot of money on the table.
The BCLC has allowed Sports Action to become progressively worse, as they’ve focused on their online presence, becoming the first provincial lottery corporation to offer an online betting option to players.
Government Regulated Online Sports Betting
PlayNow.com is a government regulated online betting site that accepts players from both British Columbia and Manitoba.
PlayNow is a legitimate option for sports bettors in Vancouver and it’s a step in the right direction with PlayNow.com largely replacing Sports Action as the primary government run sports betting option for Vancouver residents. The site is comparable to our three recommended offshore betting sites in terms of odds and functionality, but there is still one massive issue with the site when comparing it with the big 3 offshore sportsbooks catering to Canadians. PlayNow.com only accepts parlay bets of at least 2 wagers. Single game wagers are not accepted at PlayNow.com. This is a deal breaker for a lot of sports bettors.
Check out my full review of PlayNow.com including a comparison with offshore betting sites on our dedicated PlayNow information page.
Don’t get me wrong. PlayNow.com is definitely the best government run sports betting option of any province in Canada. It’s just not quite on the level of the top Canadian offshore betting sites quite yet.
Land Based Casino Sportsbooks Near Vancouver
The Edgewater Casino is located in downtown Vancouver, directly next to BC Place and Rogers Arena. This would be an ideal location for an offline casino sportsbook, but unfortunately Edgwater Casino does not have a sportsbook.
The Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam also does not accept sports wagers, but they do at least have a state of the art racebook where you are able to bet on horse races from around the world.
Continuing along with horse racing, if you’re into the ponies you can bet on live horses at the Hastings Racetrack, which is located at 188 N Renfrew Street in Vancouver. The racebook at Hastings Racetrack also allows you to wager on horse races from across North America.
Major Sports Teams in Vancouver
- Vancouver Canucks – NHL
- Vancouver Whitecaps FC – MLS
- BC Lions – CFL