There’s something magical about a trip to the bowling alley. Maybe it’s the cool shoes, maybe it’s the top-tier fashion… whatever the case, we’ve yet to meet a person who wasn’t down for a few frames when asked. So, we think it’s only fair that we share a list of our absolute favourite retro bowling alleys in Alberta for you to check out. Really lean into the experience, you know?

Calgary

 

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Mountain View Bowling

This is really a double-whammy of an opening pick. The space itself has been around for decades, but a 2007 renovation saw Mountain View Bowl turn into the retro destination it’s now known for. Checkerboard floors, vintage furniture, posters of the stars of yesteryear on the wall… yeah, it checks all the boxes.

Where: 3919 Richmond Road SW

Paradise Lanes

Located on International Avenue (aka 17th Ave E), Paradise Lanes has been a go-to for bowlers for some six decades now. And with that history comes a focus on bowling leagues for all ages, which we see as a great bonus for people watching and general excitement whenever we head down there.

Where: 3411 17th Avenue SE

Toppler Bowl

Last up in Calgary, we come to this 5-pin bowling alley off Fairmount Drive. They’ve got tons of space here, offering 16 lanes, plus a little glow bowling action every once in a while. It might not be as old as the first two picks, but by golly, we can’t help but feel nostalgic every time we walk in.

Where: 7640 Fairmount Drive

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Edmonton

 

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Plaza Bowling Co.

Like Mountain View in Calgary, Plaza Bowling leans into its history more than most. Originally built in 1959, this pick had an update a few years ago, but only to ensure that its original spirit (and look) will live on for decades to come as well.

Where: 10418 118th Avenue NW

KJ Bowl

Just five years later, KJ Bowl (then Todd Lanes) came to town. While this North Edmonton mainstay might not have intentionally leaned into the retro vibes, you’ll get it in spades during your visit. And honestly, we think that can be just as good as the curated version.

Where: 12143 54th Street

Ed’s Bowling

We couldn’t have at least one 10-pin option around the city! While Ed’s has seen significant changes over the years, there’s no denying that this West Ed staple continues to capture the 90s bowling vibe.

Where: 8882 170 Street NW

Banff

Bowl Valley

At some 15 years old, this is the ‘newest’ option on the list, but the location more than makes up for that. Located inside the Fairmont Banff Springs, this cozy bowling alley offers 5-pin bowling in a truly historic setting.

Where: 405 Spray Avenue

There you have it, high rollers! Our picks for the best retro bowling alleys in Alberta. Keep these in mind for your next night out… you won’t regret it!