Also called “bowls,” lawn bowling was brought to Canada by the British troops in the 18th century, and the sport grew in popularity throughout the next 100 years.

In April 1734, officers at the Garrison Grounds in Annapolis Royal petitioned to have a small area turned into a bowling green. Their request was granted, and a piece of the governor’s garden became the first bowling green in Canada.

The Wanderers Amateur Athletic Club has had a strong presence in lawn bowling and still exists at the Halifax South Commons today (now owned by the HRM). A bowling green on the Wanderers Grounds (across from the citadel on Sackville Street) was established circa 1887. The club had to give up its grounds to the army during World War I, but play resumed again in the 1930s.


In 1968, Wanderers bowler J. Elford went to the Canadian championships to compete in singles. Four of his fellow club mates also played at the Toronto tournament as a team.Lawn_bowler_J_Elford_Wanderers


After another short hiatus, the bowlers were able to take to the greens again when the club became a non-profit organization in 1976.


Source- Nova Scotia Sport Hall Of Fame