Founded in 1877, the NOTL Lawn Bowling Club is the oldest in Canada! For the first 133 years play was on grass. Originally the club bowled on a green on the grounds of the Queen’s Royal Niagara Hotel on the shore of Lake Ontario. Built in 1869, this hotel also offered tennis courts and a dance pavilion. When it closed in the early 1920's that land became Queen’s Royal Park. The lawn bowling club moved in 1922 to a green at the corner of Regent Street and Johnson Street where it remained for the next 88 years. In 2011 the club moved again, this time to the new Community Centre on the outskirts of the Old Town. Here we have a regulation size green with an artificial surface and excellent drainage. Even after a heavy rain we can usually play about 2 hours after the rain stops!
See photos of all three sites on the Historic Photos page!
The Community Centre and Lawn Bowling Club are beside the Public Library on Anderson Lane. Look for the sign on your right as you enter the Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.