One of the oldest Sports Clubs in Canada
North Vancouver, B.C.
2023 marks the centenary and a year of public celebration for the North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club, proving that in an ever-changing world, the community and sport of lawn bowling remain a steady force on the North Shore.
“Few North Shore non-profits can say they’ve reached this milestone,” says Bruce Murray, NVLBC president. “We want to share this proud moment with the greater community of which we’ve been an integral part these past 100 years.”
Throughout 2023, the community is invited to several marquee events:
Feb 8, History in the Making: On this day, a century ago, the club formed officially. For public viewing, a banner and permanent story boards depicting the club’s history will be mounted around its world class greens.
April 30, Opening Day: Flag raising with public and dignitaries to celebrate the opening of the club’s 100th season.
June 3, Community Open House: An open invitation to see club facilities and bowl on National Bowls Day.
Sept 8, Club’s first game: Gala dinner, 1920’s dress, vintage vehicles and music across the decades. Throughout it all there will be plenty of bowling and opportunity for the public to come try this sport.
“It’s an easy to pick up social sport that is for everyone,” says Pat McKenzie, 1st Vice President and Centennial Chair. “It’s active, affordable, and as social or competitive as you want.”
The club offers a learn to bowl program, coaching at all levels, as well as social and competitive inter and intra club league and district-wide tournaments. There is evening, day and weekend bowling, as well as, winter social programs. In 2022, the club registered 271 members.
“As a community oriented, volunteer run sport club, it’s our members, past and present, who have kept and keep this club active and relevant,” adds Murray
Club members volunteer to support all events and programs. To date, through its Canada Day tournament, $150,000 has been raised for the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. The club offers its greens for private and corporate fun and fundraising events, as well as, school programs.
The NVLBC is located on World Bowls certified artificial greens at 24th St East and St. Andrew’s Avenue in the City of North Vancouver. The club left its original, long-time home at 23rd and Lonsdale in 2020. With the support of the City of North Vancouver, new greens were built and a new club house is under construction.