Bowling is back in Saanich.
A six-lane, 10-pin bowling alley will be a part of the new Canadian Brewhouse Pub and Restaurant opening in the Uptown Shopping Centre.
“I know bowling is loved in this community and we are so happy to have it here in Uptown,” said Cynthia Ogloff, Uptown’s marketing manager. “Just making it more accessible.”
This is the first bowling alley in the area since Mayfair Lanes closed about 16 years ago. It is also one of only three in the Greater Victoria area including Langford Lanes and Sidney’s Miracle Lanes.
The bowling alley will be the main focal point of Canadian Brewhouse’s 600-seat establishment.
The chain has 43 locations in Canada, with only two others including a bowling alley. James Martyn, with Canadian Brewhouse, said putting the bowling alley in the Victoria location was a no-brainer.
“We know people want bowling leagues, they want some fun. We just had room for it and we thought we could put another 80 seats in here, or we could have a fun activity for our guests,” Martyn said.
He added the lanes will be open to all ages and will be available for both reservation and walk-in use.
The cost to use the lane and rent shoes has yet to be finalized, but Martyn said it will be comparable to Langford Lanes and Miracle Lanes.
He plans to also have bowling tournaments and special event nights throughout the year.
Some residents who spoke to CHEK News said they were very excited to have more entertainment in the area and another lane closer to downtown for families to easily access.
Martyn said the bowling alley isn’t the only family activity coming to Canadian Brewhouse, adding there will also be outdoor activities.
“We have a giant rooftop patio, there’s going to be a big turfed games area where there’s no seating, there’s going to be batting cages beyond that,” he said.
The grand opening of the Canadian Brewhouse is set for Monday. Martyn said the bowling alley still needs some final touches and should be open for use on Tuesday.