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Comparing Vancouver's Private Clubs

Certain civilized privileges (like, say, enjoying a cigar in the company of like-minded folk) nowadays exist only behind the doors of private clubs. Granted, today they'll be as likely to have Pilates studios as smoking rooms. We compare 6 of Vancouver's best
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Certain civilized privileges (like, say, enjoying a cigar in the company of like-minded folk) nowadays exist only behind the doors of private clubs.
Granted, today they'll be as likely to have Pilates studios as smoking rooms. We compare 6 of Vancouver's best

Vancouver Club

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.

 

Vancouver Club

 

 

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.

 

Terminal City Club

 

 

Arbutus Club

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.

Arbutus Club
 

 

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.

Jericho Tennis Club

 

 

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

3811 Point Grey Rd., Royalvan.com

Part of the most elite seafaring organization in the country. Bring your own boat.

 

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

 

 

Hollyburn Country Club

950 Cross Creek Rd. West Vancouver, Hollyburn.org

West Vancouver's family playground. Just try not to get lost.

 

Hollyburn Country Club

 

See more from our series: Secrets of the City - The Ultimate Insider's Guide

 

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.

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