Cap­i­tal Clubs

Ottawa Magazine - - THIS CITY - —Laura Byrne Pa­quet

Founded in 1881, the Ot­tawa Ten­nis and Lawn Bowl­ing Club in Old Ot­tawa South has sur­vived sev­eral moves, com­pe­ti­tion from young whip­per­snap­pers such as the Royal Ot­tawa Golf Club (founded 1891), De­pres­sion-era bank­ruptcy, and the on­slaught of ri­val amuse­ments such as talk­ing pic­tures. Per­haps cau­tious change has been key: the club long ago stopped re­quir­ing fe­male play­ers to wear white bon­nets and an­kle-length skirts, but waited 125 years to re­lax its ban on coloured ten­nis cloth­ing. The city’s en­thu­si­asm for grassy gam­ing was fur­ther en­trenched by West­boro’s High­land Park Lawn Bowl­ing Club (pic­tured), founded in 1914 on leased farm­land. Other long-stand­ing clubs in the cap­i­tal in­clude the Ot­tawa Curling Club (1851) and the Ot­tawa Row­ing Club (1867).

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