Lawn Bowls Nova Scotia

Communities, Culture & Heritage

Lawn Bowls in Nova Scotia goes back centuries


1730 is the earliest record of bowls played in Nova Scotia when British soldiers brought their wooden bowls to Port Royal.


In 1887 The Wanderers Lawn Bowls Club was established and is the second oldest club in Canada.  The club has a rich history of hosting and winning National Championship events.  The club has hosted many events in it's history including the Canadian Lawn Bowling Championship, Canadian Senior Triples Championship and the Canadian Junior Championship.


The Bridgetown Lawn Bowling Club began rolling bowls in the Valley in the early 1920's and club has been active ever since.


The St. Mary's Lawn Bowls Club was formed in 1941 in its scenic location high above the Northwest Arm.


Interest in the sport grew and in 1987, an interested group were successful in starting up the Dartmouth Lawn Bowls Club. Opened on August 15, 1987 on the opening of the Canadian Lawn Bowling Championship, the artificial green has been a major centre for bowls in the province as the largest membership in the province of Nova Scotia.


Shortly after this in 1990, the Bedford Lawn Bowls Club was also formed at their location off the Bedford Highway.


These clubs continued to thrive as membership grew and then in 2012, a new club in Truro known as the Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club was added to the   provincial fold. 


Now in 2016, Nova Scotia has six very active bowls clubs with bowlers of all ages playing in competitive and social leagues.


Check out what the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame has on bowls in Nova Scotia:

"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 ........to read more go to http://www.novascotiasporthalloffame.com/Collection/ArtefactSpotlight/LawnBowlingBall/tabid/1208/Default.aspx

Canadian Champions

Event
 Champion
 Club
2016 Men's Triples
Steve Ogden, Steve Bezanson, Terry O'Neil
Wanderers Lawn Bowls Club
2016 Junior Men's Singles
Braeden Campbell
Bridgetown Lawn Bowling Club
2016 Forster-Lang Junior Pairs
Braeden Campbell, Baylee van Steijn (Ontario)
Bridgetown Lawn Bowling Club
2015 Junior Men's Singles
Braeden Campbell
Bridgetown Lawn Bowling Club
2015 Men's Senior Triples
Steve Bezanson, Doug McLearn, Jack Robar
Wanderers LBC/Bedford LBC
2014 Men's Senior Triples
Jack Robar, Mike Hadley, Phil Balcom
Wanderers LBC/Dartmouth LBC
2013 Men's Senior Triples
Steve Ogden, Ian MacDonald, Steve Bezanson
Wanderers Lawn Bowls Club
2012 Forster-Lang Junior Pairs
Cameron LeFresne, Pricilla Westlake (British Columbia)
Wanderers Lawn Bowls Club
2012 Men's Pairs
Steve Ogden, Steve Bezanson
Wanderers Lawn Bowls Club
2012 Women's Senior Triples
Debbie Foster, Anita Knox, Val Bechard
Bridgetown LBC/St. Mary's LBC/Bedford LBC
2011 Men's Senior Triples
Steve Bezanson, Mike Hadley, Jack Robar
Wanderers Lawn Bowls Club
2010 Men's Pairs
Steve Ogden, Steve Bezanson
Wanderers Lawn Bowls Club
2009 Men's Pairs
Steve Ogden, Steve Bezanson
Wanderers Lawn Bowls Club
2007 Junior Women's Singles
Lindsay LeFresne
Bedford Lawn Bowls Club
2004 Women's Pairs
Annette Tidd, Debbie Foster
Bridgetown Lawn Bowling Club
2002 Women's Pairs
Annette Tidd, Debbie Foster
Bridgetown Lawn Bowling Club
2001 Men's Pairs
Steve Ogden, Rob Krepps
Wanderers Lawn Bowls Club
2000 Women's Singles
Vivian Condran
Dartmouth Lawn Bowls Club
1996 Men's Pairs
Dennis Mullane, Terry O'Neil
Wanderers Lawn Bowls Club
1995 Men's Singles
Mark Gilliand
Bridgetown Lawn Bowling Club
1993 Men's Singles
Mark Gilliand
Bridgetown Lawn Bowling Club
1992 Men's Singles
Mark Gilliand
Bridgetown Lawn Bowling Club
1987 Men's Singles
Dennis Mullane
Wanderers Lawn Bowls Club
1980 Women's Triples
Annette Tidd, Joan Sproule, Janet Campbell
Bridgetown Lawn Bowling Club
1975 Men's Fours
Joe Tidd, Dick Campbell, Jack MacNeil, John Wightman
Bridgetown Lawn Bowling Club
1973 Men's Fours
Joe Tidd, John Sproule, Al Brown, Dick Campbell
Bridgetown Lawn Bowling Club

                                                            Current National Team Members

Jackie Foster (Dartmouth LBC) 

Member of the Team Canada National Squad (2011 to present)

  • 2011 Asia Pacific Championship Bronze Medalist- Women's Fours
  • 2012 World Bowls Championship Team Canada Member
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games Team Canada Member
  • 2016 World Bowls Championship Team Canada Member

Cameron LeFresne (Wanderers LBC)

Member of the Team Canada Developmental Team (2015 to present)

  • 2015 World Junior Championship Team Canada Member
  • 2016 World Bowls Championship Team Canada Member

1982 Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

"In Nova Scotia, excellence in lawn bowling is seen in the Bridgetown Men's teams of 1973 and 1975. The 1973 National Champions had to compete against eight provinces in play in Regina. Same day victories over Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia earned the title for Nova Scotia. This was the first time this Canadian Lawn Bowling Championship had been won by a Nova Scotian team. In 1975, a Bridgetown four took the National Championship again. The team travelled to Vancouver for the competition and ensured the championship with a tie against PEI in the final game." Click on link for more http://www.sportnovascotia.ca/hof/Inductees/Search/InducteeDetails/tabid/571/Default.aspx?m=205#

Members of the 1973 team were: Al Brown, Dick Campbell, John Sproule, and Joe Tidd. Members of the 1975 team were: Dick Campbell, Jack MacNeil, Joe Tidd, and John Wightman.

Provincial Team Pictures