Thanks to the relatively good weather throughout the year Vancouver is one of the best places in Canada to play tennis!
The city has over 174 tennis courts in parks spread throughout the city catering players from all levels and ages, making it a popular sports activity specially from April through September.
Here are the general guidelines to play in parks:
- 2 - 4 players shall wait facing a court to claim it
- 30 minutes maximum play if players are waiting
- rubber soled shoes must be worn
- players must avoid interference with play on adjoining courts
- tennis club may exceed 30 minutes playing time on permitted courts during club and league play.
Source: City of Vancouver
With so many options spread over the city, we listed the Best Public Tennis Courts in Vancouver:
1) Stanley Park Tennis Courts
One of the best places to play tennis in Vancouver, located at the heart of the West End, inside iconic Stanley Park. Surrounded by nature, this complex is composed by 17 hard courts and is home to one of the largest amateur tennis tournaments in North America- The Stanley Park Open. Plenty of parking inside the park and in the adjacent streets.
2) Kitsilano Beach Tennis Courts
With 11 hard courts located at Kitsilano Beach, this is a beautiful setting to play tennis and appreciate the beach as well. You can also enjoy the beautiful views of Vancouver from the shore. Plenty of parking spots and easy access through the Sea Wall.
3) Queen Elizabeth Park Tennis Courts
A bank of 17 public tennis courts, including a practice wall, is positioned the southern edge of another famous Vancouver Park- Queen Elizabeth Park. Located on Cambie and 37th Avenue, these courts filled with different types of players that suits any level player. The only downside is that some courts have cracks on them and pay parking was recently implemented.
4) UBC Tennis Centre
The UBC Tennis Centre is a public tennis facility and no membership is required to book a court, even though reservation and payment is required to use it. The UBC Tennis Centre has a total of 16 indoor courts (Plexipave Standard) and 1 outdoor court. Street parking with meters is available on East Mall (west of the Tennis Centre) and the multi-level Thunderbird Parkade on Thunderbird Blvd (across Thunderbird Blvd from the Tennis Centre).
5) North Vancouver Tennis Centre
The North Vancouver Tennis Centre (NVTC) is a public tennis facility operated by North Vancouver Recreation and Culture. The facility features 9 indoor tennis courts, an observation lounge and change rooms with showers. To play at NVTC, players must book time slots through the phone or online.
Now keep in mind, unlike parks tennis courts, indoor public courts require previous reservation and therefore the general guidelines are not applicable here.
Other great public tennis complexes through the Lower Mainland includes:
- Burnaby Lake Sports Complex (17 courts)
- Burnaby Central Park (12 courts)
- Richmond Minoru Park (5 courts)
- Richmond South Arm Community Park (8 courts)
With all these options and plenty more including private courts, Vancouver is excellent for tennis players. If you plan to have a great season of tennis we always recommend being in great shape, have the basic skills and a fluid technique to get the best out of it.
Tennis is an amazing sport, and it gets more fun when we can play at its fullest!
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