Old Orchard Lanes embodies old school charm in more ways than one. Although they keep an extremely low profile online (no website and very little social media), enthusiastic word-of-mouth reviews keep the visitors rolling in. The lanes and return tracks remain unfettered by excessive new age technology, though they are kept in great shape by the dedicated staff. It was only nine months ago that the automatic scorekeeping system was installed – but feel free to keep your math sharp and keep score manually. For a more intensive bowling experience and lively company, join their bowling league and watch the pins fly.
If you love 10-pin bowling, head to Town ‘n Country Bowl. Located inside the Super 8 Motel on Southeast Marine Drive, this establishment hosts birthday parties, fundraisers and corporate events galore, in addition to its regular public bowling schedule. If special offers and discounts sound good to you, join Club TNC for free and you’ll become instant "family" members. Come for the bowling, stay for the nachos and wings.
If you live on the North Shore, this is likely your bowling destination. But along with convenient proximity, you’ll also have access to 16 competitive league standard five-pin lanes, all lovingly and impeccably maintained by owner and three-time Canadian bowling champion Richard Grubb.
North Shore Bowl is also open earlier than most other locations, starting its operations at 9 a.m. from Monday to Wednesday (the rest of the week it opens after 11 a.m.). Whether you’ve got kids or you’re a kid at heart, you won’t want to miss Glow Bowling on the weekends, or birthday parties in the glowing party room.
Canada’s oldest surviving recreation centre, Commodore Bowling & Billiards has been a place where “Pleasant Days May Be Spent” since 1930. And with 12 lanes of five-pin bowling, 20 billiard tables, arcade games and a licensed lounge area, where else would you want to spend them? Drop in or join one of the Adult Mixed Leagues for a more competitive experience.
Can’t choose between five- and 10-pin bowling? At Grandview Lanes, you can do both. Only a few minutes’ walk from the Commercial Drive Skytrain Station, this family-owned and -operated funhouse boasts a long history of bowling leagues, parties, and special events.
Its most recent addition is a Learn to Bowl for Kids! class for fledgling bowlers ages four to 16. For a fun and affordable date, treat your honey to shoe rentals and three games of bowling for only $20 per couple.
Western Canada’s largest bowling centre just happens to be conveniently located in the shadow of the Holdom Skytrain station. Get your bowl on at REVS in Burnaby, where the pizza is handmade and the game is always on the big screen. If the state-of-the-art Cosmic Bowling isn’t your thing, grab a drink at Striker’s Bar and hit the pool tables in the REVS lounge, or maybe even sneak in a workout in the full-service Fitness Centre. And don’t forget the kids – until 6 p.m., children under 16 bowl free.
You'll be bowled over by the awesome selection of bowling alleys right here in Vancouver
There’s something incomparably satisfying about bowling – the simple act of hurling a heavy weight down the lanes at a formation of innocent skittles. The crash of pins never fails to elicit a thrill of the sort rarely experienced anywhere else.
It’s a thoroughly pleasurable pastime, one that is often overlooked in the search for leisure activities. Here in Vancouver, we’re lucky to have a number of great bowling alleys to choose from, all of which promise good times for bowlers of every level. Get things rolling with friends, family, or co-workers and feel excitement build with every pin toppled. Click through for a list of bowling alleys around Vancouver.
Alison is a freelance writer and lifelong Vancouverite with a degree in Communications from Capilano University. She can most often be spotted walking the Seawall and the city's many forest trails, rain or shine. Otherwise, she can be found dabbling in her favourite pastimes: cooking, concerts and crafting.