BC Lions

entertainment-nightlife / Other

Lonely Planet review

The Lions are Vancouver's team in the Canadian Football League (CFL), which is arguably more exciting than its US NFL counterpart. They've had some decent showings over the past few years, winning the all-important Grey Cup championship most recently in 2011. Tickets are easy to come by – unless the boys are laying into their arch enemies, the Calgary Stampeders.

The team relies on its jump-out-of-your-seat offense, and catching a game at the stadium includes plenty of schmaltzy razzamattaz, from cheerleaders to half-time shows. It's family friendly and a lot cheaper than catching an NHL hockey game.