Club History

Although the roots of The Canadian Club of Boston begin before the turn of the 20th century, the club itself was formally organized in 1905 as a social organization to support Canadians living in the Boston area. At various times in its past, the Club boasted over one thousand members, a house on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Royal Visitors, and a Newsletter. The first president of the Canadian Club was Charles H. McIntyre who served 1905/1906.

The 1950s were spent in efforts to build up club membership and this proved to be quite successful. In 1957 the club obtained new quarters on Commonwealth Avenue. This was maintained until 1963 and then was sold. After the sale of the club property on Commonwealth Avenue the club rented two floors above Patton’s Restaurant which was across from the Custom House in Boston. Here the various functions were conducted until the late 1960s. At this time the furniture and the fixtures were sold, mostly to club members. For a few years the club utilized the Engineers club of Boston for its dinner and meetings. This was on the 46th Floor of the Prudential Building.

Curling first became of interest to the Canadian Club members about 1960, using ice at the Brae Burn Country Club in Newton, MA. This in itself is quite interesting as the game is a prominent Canadian sport. For the first year or two club members participated on various teams named after Canadian provinces. The Canadian Club became a member of the Grand National Curling Club of America in 1961-1962 and members then began attending bonspiels in New England, Montreal, New York, New Brunswick and elsewhere. Some of the members even went over to Scotland. The club held a few bonspiels of its own when Brae Burn was operating its curling facility. When Brae Burn closed its curling ice, the club found a new home at The Country Club in Brookline, MA.

The charter of the Canadian Club of Boston, Established 1900.