About Us

The Icelandic Canadian Club of British Columbia


3The Ice­landic Cana­di­an Club of British Colum­bia (ICCBC) traces its begin­ning to August 8th, 1908, when the Lit­er­ary Soci­ety Ingól­fur was estab­lished in Van­cou­ver. Since it was estab­lished the name of the Club has been changed twice. The first change took place in 1946 when Ingól­fur merged with the social club Ísafold under the name Ströndin. The sec­ond change took place in 1967 when the new name was adopt­ed as part of a long-term re-orga­ni­za­tion of the Club. But through these nine decades and three dif­fer­ent names the uni­ty of the mem­ber­ship and the objec­tives of pro­mot­ing a com­mon fel­low­ship and friend­ship between per­sons of Ice­landic descent — remains unchanged..

The objects of the Soci­ety are:
(a) To pro­mote an inter­est in Ice­landic cul­ture, tra­di­tions and fel­low­ship;
(b) To pro­mote the obser­va­tion of Ice­landic hol­i­days;
© To enter­tain promi­nent guests from Ice­land and North Amer­i­ca;
(d) To bring togeth­er Ice­landers, Cana­di­ans and oth­er per­sons inter­est­ed in the Ice­landic cul­ture, tra­di­tions and fel­low­ship;
(e) To con­tin­ue the objec­tives of the Ströndin Chap­ter of the INL.


2The Ice­landic Cana­di­an Club of BC is one of the largest Ice­landic clubs in North Amer­i­ca. We have a mem­ber­ship of about 500 peo­ple of all ages. We are a dynam­ic group and have many Ice­landic cul­tur­al activ­i­ties for all mem­bers of the fam­i­ly. We invite you to join us. We hold Ice­landic lan­guage class­es, main­tain an Ice­landic Her­itage Library and Geneal­o­gy Cen­tre, cel­e­brate Ice­landic hol­i­days and cul­tur­al tra­di­tions. We pro­duce an 8 page month­ly newslet­ter for its friends and mem­bers, and offer a schol­ar­ship pro­gram to stu­dents of Ice­landic descent. 1We pro­vide pre­sen­ta­tions and lec­tures on var­i­ous top­ics relat­ed to Ice­land and Ice­landic Cana­di­ans to the gen­er­al pub­lic and schools and at mul­ti­cul­tur­al events. The ICCBC mem­ber of the Ice­landic Nation­al League of North America(Þjóðræknisfélag Íslendin­ga í Ves­turhei­mi) to achieve a voice for Ice­landic Cul­ture through­out North Amer­i­ca. ICCBC main­tains a rela­tion­ship with the Ice­landic Care Home Soci­ety and its Ice­landic Har­bour.
As an active mem­ber of the Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre (SCC) and part own­er of the facil­i­ties, we par­tic­i­pate in the activ­i­ties of the SCC. The Ice­land Room of the SCC was offi­cial­ly opened on Octo­ber 5, 2013.