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Come out and bowl! Everyone’s welcome to join and learn.

West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club clubhouse

Interested in trying a new sport and getting to know your neighbours in The Junction community? Join us for a truly relaxing, fun, and social outdoor activity!

Everyone’s* welcome!

Please note: There are no more New Bowlers Coaching Clinics or private events being scheduled for this season. See you in 2023!

Join us!
We are always happy to welcome back our members and are actively recruiting new ones.

What does it cost?
Adult – first-year new members: $120
Adult – returning members: $150
Youth (12–18 years): $50
Late-season (join after August 15): $80 for new members, $95 for returning members
(Fees include a $35 Ontario Lawn Bowling Association affiliation fee)

Not 100% sure? Get a Trial Membership!
We offer a great Trial Membership deal: $40 for 3 games. You can come and play on any regular bowling night (Tuesday or Thursday) or Saturday mornings. Then if you decide to get a full membership, the cost of your trial will be deducted from the fee. (Note: Trial Members must attend at least one free New Bowlers Coaching Clinic session prior to playing on regular game days.)

How do I sign up?
Just fill out and submit our Membership Application and Renewal Form.
Application/Renewal Form (PDF)

You may bring your signed forms to the club (at a time when a regular game is scheduled) or email them. Likewise, you may pay your fee at the club by cash, cheque, or credit card (on a game day), or via Interac e-Transfer (Email us here for details).

Do I need any equipment?
Nope. We have a wide selection of bowls available for members to use, along with all the other necessary equipment. Just wear comfortable clothing (you’ll be bending, stretching, and swinging your arms) and flat-soled shoes or sandals (no heels at all, no tread deeper than ¼ inch). You’ll also likely want a hat. It gets pretty sunny out there. Oh, and feel free to wear whatever colour you like. We only wear whites for tournament play. (One thing: To help protect the environment, the club stocks no disposable cups or bottled water. We encourage players to bring their own water bottle and fill it from our filtered water cooler.)

Do I have to join a team?
We play “jitney-style” bowling. That means there are no formal teams. Teams of two or three are made up of whoever attends on the day. The players are chosen by a blind draw, but the teams are balanced to ensure there’s an even mix of experience levels so the games aren’t lopsided. That’s no fun for anyone. It also means you don’t have to worry if you can’t make it on a particular day. You can’t “let the team down”. You play when you want to play, and you play to have fun.

When do we bowl?
Our regularly scheduled games are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday morning. Check our Calendar to see which days we play. In addition, full members have access to the greens at any time Baird Park is open to practice or play pre-arranged pickup games with other members.

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Learn to bowl!
We conduct free, one-hour “New Bowlers Coaching Clinic” sessions every Wednesday for people who want to learn how to play, beginning May 18 (weather permitting). Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis until August 17. Sign up here. 

Questions about the clinics can be sent to newlawnbowler@gmail.com.

Whether you’re returning, joining, or learning, we hope to see you on the greens!

Still have other questions?
Email us: torontolawnbowling@admin

As an ongoing COVID-19 precaution, we request that masks be worn inside the clubhouse and that players respect each other’s concerns about social distancing. Masks are not required outside on the greens.

(*For insurance reasons, players must be 12 years of age or older.)

Click here to read our Access and Equity Policy, Implementation and Complaints Procedure.

From birthday parties to corporate team-building, let West Toronto host your event!


NOTE: Thanks everyone, but we’re not booking any more events for the 2022 season. We’ll be glad to talk to you next season, though.

Looking for something fun and easy for that special event, such as a birthday or team-building exercise? Let us host your event. The 110-year-old West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club with its iconic clubhouse is the perfect venue. If you’re interested, please contact us with the date, time, and the number of people you expect to attend.

What you need to know:

• We request a donation of $30 per person (minimum $400 per group).

• Our volunteers will be on hand to host your group and help throughout your event.

• We provide all necessary bowling equipment and coaching.

• The length of your event can vary based on the format you choose (single-game, multi-game tournament, etc.). On average, events take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, and we’re happy to help you set up teams in advance so everything runs smoothly for you and your group. If your event is in the evening, it must wrap up by 9:45 pm as our permit only allows us to use the facilities until 10:00 pm.

• There is no dress code. Some groups like to theme their event (such as dressing in traditional “whites”) but you simply need to wear flat-soled shoes (no heels at all) and comfortable, non-restrictive clothing. Change rooms are available inside the clubhouse.

• Alcohol may only be served or consumed at your event if you secure an AGCO Special Occasions Permit AND a City of Toronto Special Events Permit

• The West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club is located at 275 Keele Street (in Baird Park), about 1 km north of Bloor (about a 10-minute walk from Keele subway station). There is street parking available and a Green P parking lot just north of Annette (351 Keele Street). There is also ample bike parking at the club.


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Give lawn bowling a try at the WTLBC Open House on June 3!

Come on over to the West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club any time from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, June 3 for free bowling and free burgers (both veggie and beef)! It’s an excellent chance to meet your neighbors and try some bowling.

Plus, Councillors from each of the surrounding Wards will once again battle in the Grudge Match for the coveted Ward Trophy. Cheer, or jeer, as you wish!

See everyone on the greens!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us, or tweet us at @TOLawnBowling or reach out to us on Facebook.

(And if you can’t make the Open House but still want to give bowling a try, you can come out any Tuesday or Thursday night on our schedule and try it absolutely free!)

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Gord Perks defeats Sarah Doucette’s team to win Ward Trophy at WTLBC Open House

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It would appear everyone who attended the 2015 West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club’s 2015 Open House left happy, but the smiles sported by Ward 14 Toronto City Councilor Gord Perks was a little bigger.

Perks, along with Provincial Parliament member for Parkdale-High Park Cheri Dinovo and club members Edward Fraser and Steve Shallhorn, defeated a representative Ward 13’s Sarah Doucette‘s office, Chris Haskim, who was teamed up with Peggy Nash, Member of Parliament for the Parkdale-High Park, and WTLBC members Stephen DeKuyper and Sue Watson.

It was the fourth annual “Grudge Match“, which is held each year at the WTLBC Open House. If you’d missed the Open House but would still like to try lawn bowling, come out for a free lesson and game any night we’re open.

Come to the WTLBC 2015 Open House, June 6. All the cool kids will be there

Hello fellow Junctioneers! Drop on by the West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club any time from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, June 6 for some free bowling and (very) cheap eats. It’s an excellent chance to meet your neighbours and try some bowling.

Plus, Councillors from each of the surrounding Wards will once again battle in the Grudge Match for the coveted Ward Trophy. Cheer, or jeer, as you wish!

See everyone on the greens!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us, or tweet us at @TOLawnBowling or reach out to us on Facebook.

(And if you can’t make the Open House but still want to give bowling a try, you can come out any night on our schedule and try it absolutely free!)

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2015 Has Begun! – Opening Day

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The bowls were rolling and the sun was shining on West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club in the Junction. 2015 has officially started and we welcome members back to the new year.

New players are welcome anytime for an introduction to the game. Thank you everyone for making opening day a great success! See you on the greens.

2015 Annual General Meeting to be held May 2

Greeting members and potential new members.

We’ll be holding the West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club AGM on Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse. Everyone is encouraged to come. We’ll be discussing a variety of topics, including new fee structures, coaching etiquette and much more.

If there’s something specific you’d like added to the agenda, please email your item to torontolawnbowling@gmail.com.

Can’t wait to see every one there!

In addition, mark your calendar with the following early season key dates:

Sat. May 9, 10:30 a.m. – Indoor/Outdoor Clean up to prepare for the new season
Sat. May 16, 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. – First day of bowling
Mon. May 18, 3 p.m. – Bowling on the holiday
Tues, May 19, 7:30 p.m. – First weekday bowling
Mon. May 25, 10 a.m. – Golden Girls bowling session (contact Arlene if interested)

Councillor Sarah Doucette presented with 2014 Centennial Cup

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In early January, Ward 13 Councillor Sarah Doucette accepted the 2014 Centennial Cup from WTLBC past president Steve Shallhorn. During the WTLBC’s summer open house “Grudge Match”, Doucette led her Ward 13 team to victory over Ward 14 to reclaim her 2012 crown, the first time the Centennial Cup was awarded.

The Centennial Cup commemorates the 100th anniversary of the West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club . Councillor Gord perks led Ward 14 to Victory in the 2013 Grudge Match. This year’s open house will be Saturday June 6 and will feature a free introduction to the sport and free coaching.

The Grudge Match between Wards 13 and 14 will start at noon sharp.

West Toronto team places second at District 10 tournament held at WTLBC

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Over the weekend, men’s and women’s trebles teams competed in the District 10 Novice tournament for a chance to play in the Ontario provincials in Sarnia.

Harry Hainey, Tom Trattner & Richard Cripps were the victors on the men’s side, while Sandy Johnson, Pat Barnett & Shirley Walker came away victorious in the women’s draw.

Finishing second was the WTLBC/Cosburn combo team of Dan Vogler, Edward Fraser and David Leeman.

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On behalf of the WTBC we would like to thank everyone who participated and wish the best to District 10 at the provincials in Sarnia!