It can be challenging to settle into a new life in a new city, make new friends and form new social networks. But because Vancouver is such a friendly city, it isn’t difficult to meet new people and form friendships, if this is what you’re after. There are Newcomers Clubs all across the Lower Mainland for women new to the area or simply wishing to make new friends, local Chamber of Commerce chapters for business and professional people, private clubs such as yacht and country clubs, and community service opportunities for volunteering your time and experience to the local community and help those less fortunate. All these groups and opportunities are great ways to find your unique niche in your new city. Most of them also offer numerous social events and activities.
Burnaby and New Westminster Newcomers — http://www.freewebs.com/burnabynewwestminsternewcomers/
North Delta Newcomers and Friends — http://www.northdeltanewcomers.com/
North Vancouver Newcomers Club—Membership: Christine (604) 980-5885
Coquitlam and Area Newcomers Club—email: firstname.lastname@example.org
West Coast Moms — http://www.westcoastmoms.ca/wcm.ca/ (Port Moody area)
Surrey Newcomers and Friends Club—Email: email@example.com
Vancouver Newcomers Womens Club—Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
White Rock/South Surrey Newcomers Club—President: Elaine Strokon (604) 541-3663, Membership: Linda Corrin (604) 542-7138
Business and Professional Organizations
BC Chamber of Commerce — http://www.bcchamber.org/index.html
Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce — http://www.abbotsfordchamber.com/index.php/home
Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce — http://cms.chilliwackchamber.com/
Cloverdale and District Chamber of Commerce — http://www.cloverdale.bc.ca/
Delta Chamber of Commerce — http://www.deltachamber.com/
Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce — http://www.kitsilanochamber.com/
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce — http://www.langleychamber.com/
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce — http://openforbusinessmrpm.com/cms/index.php
Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce — http://www.missionchamber.bc.ca/
North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce — http://www.nvchamber.ca/
Richmond Chamber of Commerce — http://www.richmondchamber.ca/
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce — http://www.tricitieschamber.com/
West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce — http://www.westvanchamber.com/
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club — http://www.royalvan.com
A members-only club, Royal Vancouver offers a variety of boating activities, social events and activities, and seminars on a variety of topics for its members. The club has two marinas in Vancouver; one at Jericho Beach, and one at Coal Harbour. Prospective members must be proposed and seconded by active members.
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
3811 Point Grey Road
Vancouver, British Columbia
Main Switchboard: 604.224.1344
Jericho Dock: 604.224.1033
Coal Harbour: 604.688.4578
False Creek Yacht Club — http://www.fcyc.com/
A members-only club with a world-class lounge, racing and cruising events, social activities, and more. Please contact Susan Johnston, the General Manager of the False Creek Yacht Club, for more information on becoming a member.
Phone: 604 682 3292 ext. 22
Deep Cove Yacht Club — http://www.deepcoveyc.com/
A yacht club located in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, offering a variety of boating, sailing, and social events for its members.
4420 Gallant Avenue
North Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604)929 1009
Fax: (604)924 3270
West Vancouver Yacht Club — http://www.wvyc.bc.ca/
A members-only club, West Vancouver Yacht Club’s members enjoy year-round social activities, yacht racing, learn-to-sail programs, and coastal cruising.
5854 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC
Reception – 604.921.7575
Fax – 604.921.7599
Point Grey Golf and Country Club — http://www.pointgreygolf.com/
An exclusive members-only club located along the Fraser River. Membership inquiries, please contact the administration office (see below).
3350 S.W. Marine Drive
Administration Office: 604-266-7171
Pro Shop: 604-261-3108
Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club — http://www.shaughnessy.org/
A traditional, members-only golf club situated on the Fraser River and overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Membership is available by invitation only. For further information, please contact Corinne Zajac at (604) 264-5231 or email email@example.com.
4300 SW Marine Drive
Office: (604) 266-4141
Fax: (604) 266-3522
Proshop: (604) 266-6248
Hollyburn Country Club — http://www.hollyburn.org/
A members-only club offering programs and services for the whole family, Hollyburn is located in the hills of West Vancouver. For membership opportunities, please contact Kathryn Cowden at 604-913-4535.
950 Cross Creek Road
West Vancouver, BC
Capilano Golf and Country Club — http://www.capilanogolf.com/public/index.aspx
A premier club located in the stately British Properties area on the North Shore, Capilano Golf and Country Club offers superb golf amenities, clubhouse, and social events and activities for its members.
420 Southborough Drive
West Vancouver, BC
Telephone: (604) 922-9331 (Office)
(604) 925-4653 (Golf Shop)
Quilchena Golf and Country Club — http://www.quilchenagolf.com/
An exclusive members-only club, Quilchena offers a spectacular golf course along with world-class dining and social events for the whole family. Call 604-277-1101 for information on how to apply for membership.
3551 Granville Avenue
Seymour Golf and Country Club — http://www.seymourgolf.com
A private golf club located in North Vancouver.
3723 Mount Seymour Parkway
North Vancouver, BC
Pro Shop: 604-929-2611
Community Service Organizations
Vantage Point (Volunteer Vancouver) — http://www.thevantagepoint.ca
For individuals interesting in volunteering; individual memberships available with benefits:
- Workshops: Targeted not-for-profit learning opportunities on current issues and topics with reduced registration fees.
- Vantage Point: An issue-based online newsletter that provides comprehensive information on the voluntary sector three times a year.
- Fast Facts Newsletter: Updates on Volunteer Vancouver and the voluntary sector through our monthly e-newsletter.
- Resources: Loan privileges from the Volunteer Vancouver Resource Library, which offers over 3, 500 resources on not-for-profit management and the voluntary sector.
- Networks: Be part of a large network of not-for-profits, featuring access to information from Volunteer Canada, Imagine Canada, and Points of Light.
- Events: Convening and networking opportunities with other not-for-profit professionals and voting privileges at Volunteer Vancouver’s Annual General Meeting.
Annual Individual Membership Fee: $49/year. To become a new individual member today, please contact Afton Bell at 604.637.8295.
Union Gospel Mission (UGM) — http://www.ugm.ca/take-action/volunteer
There are many opportunities for volunteering with UGM, a non-profit outreach society that brings help and hope to the homeless, the hurting, and the hungry.
Volunteer your time and skill with MOSAIC, non-profit organization that exists to support immigrants and refugees, and provides assistance with their integration into Canadian society.