Comparing Vancouver’s Private Clubs
March 2, 2013
915 W Hastings St., Vancouverclub.ca
Vancouver's oldest and most established business club, where you'll find powerbrokers sipping a sustaining beverage at the bar as negotiations and networking are conducted in only the most pleasant and restrained fashion (cellphones off, please). Club perks include food by noted city chef Sean Cousins, full barber service, and top-flight wine programs.
Terminal City Club
837 W. Hastings St., TCClub.com
Vancouver's "other" downtown business club, just a few doors down on Hastings, is like a pedigreed version of Snoopy's doghouse: miraculously bigger on the inside than the out. Fitness centre with 25-metre mountain-gazing pool, boutique hotel, billiards room, nine banquet rooms, three restaurants—you'll need a reminder to go home again. Recently named one of Sharp magazine's 10 premier clubs in Canada.
2001 Nanton Ave., Arbutusclub.com
Vancouver's premier family-oriented club received national prominence when former CEO John Furlong swapped club duties for responsibility over the 2010 Games. Established only a half-century ago, the Arbutus is the newcomer on this list.
Jericho Tennis Club
3837 Point Grey Rd., Jericho.ca
An intellectual hippie enclave-turned exclusive social club offering some of the city's best mountain views.
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
3811 Point Grey Rd., Royalvan.com
Part of the most elite seafaring organization in the country. Bring your own boat.
Hollyburn Country Club
950 Cross Creek Rd. West Vancouver, Hollyburn.org
West Vancouver's family playground. Just try not to get lost.
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Note to readers: the original version of this article stated that the Arbutus Club had no waiting list. This was incorrect. We have since learned that Arbutus Club's waiting list is currently over 3 years long.