Brenda Golden of the Chilliwack Lawn Bowling Club showed newcomers how to throw a bowl during last year’s open house. Anyone wanting to join the club can find them on Facebook, or you can contact Brenda Golden at 604-792-7914 or tnh171@hotmail.ca. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Chilliwack lawn bowlers invite public to give game a whirl

Open house planned for this Saturday afternoon at historic clubhouse

Lawn bowling is one Chilliwack’s oldest sports, with the local club dating back almost 100 years.

And this Saturday, the public is invited to come and learn what the club, and the sport, is all about. June 3 is the club’s Participation Day, and they’ll be welcoming the public in between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

For those who have been keeping track of the Canada 150 List, which lists activities particularly Canadian to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday this year, lawn bowling comes in at number 50.

The club’s website states: “Lawn bowling is a venerable game that has been played since the time of Sir Walter Raleigh. It has a tradition of civility, but it is not stuffy. It’s a sport, similar to curling, based on skill and precision, rather than speed and strength. Lawn bowling provides gentle exercise, camaraderie and a little bit of healthy competition.”

For those who can’t participate on Saturday, the club is always open to new members and drop ins. Their season runs from May to September and the greens are available seven days a week.

The Chilliwack Lawn Bowling Club, at 9350 Edward St., has been around since 1922, making it the oldest sports facility in the city.