Vancouver is notorious for being a beautiful city… that is also a bit unfriendly. Sure, everyone is polite and nice to each other, but most of the time it can be hard to find a group of friends if you’re new in town (or if you’ve lived here for several years and are still looking for new friends). So, we’ve put together a list of some weird, wonderful and unusual clubs that you can join if you’re looking for an adventure in Vancouver! Check them out below:

polar bear swim club vancouver

1. Polar Bear Swim Club

The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club has been around since 1920 when its founder, Peter Pantages, decided to plunge into English Bay on New Year’s Day. Rather than publicly scorning him for being crazy, the public has flocked to this club and the membership has risen from 10 swimmers to a record 2,550 in 2014. To be a club member you must register before the annual swim (which takes place at 2:30pm on New Year’s Day). Membership is free, and if you participate in the swim you get a commemorative button! (more info)

2. Splurge Club

This one is more of a suggestion rather than a active group, but we encourage you to start a meetup group with this as the central idea! Essentially, you get together with 15-20 people each month, who bring $20 and a bottle of wine and an appetizer to hang out and play a game. The ultimate winner of the game(s) gets the splurge money (usually around $300) that you can use guilt-free to spend on whatever you want! Sound fun? Learn more about Splurge Club here.

3. The Burners Club

The Burning Man Regional Network (also known as The Burners Club) is the year-round embodiment of the Burning Man experience, supporting it as a global cultural movement. In cities around the world, the Burning Man Project has established Regional Contacts whose role is to help local Burners connect with each other, while bringing Burning Man principles and culture into their local communities. You don’t have to have attended Burning Man to join this club, a love of the arts and a respect for others and your community is all you need to contribute and participate. (more info)

rabbit agility club vancouver

4. Vancouver Rabbit Agility Club

The Vancouver Rabbit Agility Club is for those interested in training their rabbit for agility. Rabbits can be taught to run a course of jumps, tunnels and walk ways. It is both fun and good exercise for the rabbits and the handlers, who run with their rabbits. If you don’t have a rabbit to train, consider checking out Small Animal Rescue Society, which also hosts Bunny Yoga. If you do have a rabbit that you think needs some training, you can learn more about the rabbit agility club here.

5. East Van Hula Hoop and Dance Party Group

Every Tuesday night this group meets at the Pain Management Society on Commercial Drive for hula hoop lessons and a dance party. The event is hosted from 5:30 – 7:00pm and is completely free. Hula hoops are also provided if you don’t already own one. It’s also 18+ so you won’t have to stare in envy at the 8 year old girl who is wayyy better at hula hooping then you. (more info)

BC Mountaineering Club

6. British Columbia Mountaineering Club

The BCMC is a group of like-minded individuals who participate in outdoor activities. It was established in 1907 and has over 900 active members. The club organizes mountaineering, rock climbing and back country skiing trips throughout the year as well as monthly socials, offers courses to members and represents the interests of mountaineers and back country skiers in British Columbia. You also get better access to some of the really cool BCMC huts that have been constructed over the years. Membership costs $40 per year. (more info)

7. Compassion Club

Essentially the same as owning a medical marijuana card, if you are a member of the Compassion Club in Vancouver you’ll have access to a range of natural health care products and services from their Dispensary and Wellness Centre. You’ll have to get a form signed from a medical professional that confirms that you have a condition that will be helped with the treatment of marijuana. This could all change if Trudeau follows through with his promise of legalizing weed. We’ll see. (more info)

8. Vancouver Paranormal Society

The Vancouver Paranormal Society is comprised of a group of dedicated, committed and serious-minded paranormal investigators who conduct investigations in and around the Lower Mainland. Please be advised that this group is not thrill seeking ghost hunters and only accepts memberships for the serious investigative mind: a person who wants to try and get to the bottom of the mysteries that surround us. (more info)

van tan nudist club

9. Van Tan Nudist Club

Did you know that there’s a club operating on the lower slopes of Grouse Mountain in a picturesque private park for the enjoyment of social nudism? Did you also know that this club has a wood-fired sauna, volleyball facilities, a pool, spacious lawns, and lots of shade trees? The more you know! This nudist club also sponsors winter social activities including a monthly nude swim at a local community recreation centre. If you’re interested in nude recreation and relaxation with like minded people, in a non-intrusive family atmosphere, check them out! (more info)

10. MakerLabs

MakerLabs is a 26,000 sqft space in Vancouver that provides you with the tools, space, and skills to make almost anything. You can have access to laser cutters, 3D printers, woodworking tools, software, and technology. Membership is $100 per month and you’ll also get access to classes and workshops that include Swing, laser cutting, pen turning, woodworking, and lots of other stuff. If you want to start using your hands to make things, but have no idea how to start, this is a great group to join. (more info)

East Van Run Crew

11. East Van Run Crew

Sure, there are a lot of running clubs in Vancouver to get you motivated to get outside and get your butt in gear. But this one is especially cool because a) they have really cool membership shirts b) no jerks are allowed c) many runs start and end at a brewery or pub or coffee shop, so you can enjoy a tasty treat after forcing yourself to get outside and jog. It will almost make running seem fun! (more info)

12. Girl Gang Media

A collective of Vancouver women making, curating, disseminating and discussing media, with a desire to network and collaborate outside the Old Boys Club of yesterday’s media machine. Through regular meetups and an online forum, we share information, resources, collaboration opportunities, personal projects and support. They have a private Facebook group, so you’re going to have to be screened before you join this awesome collective of women in Vancouver. (more info)

club fat ass vancouver

13. Club Fat Ass

Cool just because of the name, Club Fat Ass is a grassroots sports club with a worldwide vision. Members host running, triathlon, cycling and other “active lifestyle” events for fellow members. Club events are fun, physically challenging, environmentally friendly and emphasize camaraderie as much as competition. Each event is a reflection of the unique personality of the Event Host. Most club events are free, a few will be fundraisers. to keep the lights on or for related causes. (more info)

Know of any other unique, interesting, or weird clubs in Vancouver? Let us know in the comment section!

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