Few sports offer as much excitement or international appeal as thoroughbred racing. That’s one reason Hastings Racecourse has been capturing the imagination of Vancouverites and visitors alike since 1889. Featuring live thoroughbred racing and simulcast racing from many of the world’s most prestigious tracks, Hastings is a legendary location with spectacular mountain and waterfront racing views.
Today, Hastings is a proud part of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, British Columbia’s foremost casino and gaming operator, and the largest community-based gaming management company in Western Canada.
We invite you and your family to come out to Hastings Racecourse. We’re open for live thoroughbred racing every weekend from April to November, Friday nights from June to September and year-round for simulcast racing. We offer a variety of dining experiences, from casual to fine dining. This year, 600,000 guests will wager over $150 million at Hastings as they enjoy over 40,000 live and simulcast races. Whether you’re visiting as a couple or as a group, our staff is committed to ensuring that your day at the track is a runaway success and a truly memorable experience. You can bet on it! On behalf of all of us at Hastings, we hope to see you at the track as we make this racing season another to remember.
Located on the southern shore of the Burrard Inlet overlooking the Coastal Mountain range in British Columbia, Hastings Racecourse boasts the most scenic racecourse setting in Canada. The racetrack, originally carved out of a forest in 1889, has played a vital role in the long history of the Thoroughbred horse industry in British Columbia. In November, 2004, Hastings Entertainment Inc. (HEI) became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, a multi-jurisdictional gaming company with operations in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and the state of Washington.
Many of the top races and Canadian graded fixtures in Western Canada are held at Hastings Racecourse each year. The list is headed by the Grade III $200,000 British Columbia Derby held each September, the Grade III $100,000 Ballerina, the $100,000 Oaks, the Grade III $100,000 Premiers, the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity and the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity.
The annual British Columbia Cup Day held on the BC Day holiday, August 5, is a fan favorite, featuring seven stakes races worth more than $350,000.
Racing is conducted on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays for the 2013 live season, April 13 to October 13, with a post time of 1:50 p.m. Friday night racing commences in late May at 7:00 p.m.
Hastings Racecourse is located just 25 minutes from the Vancouver International Airport and 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver.