Curling has existed in British Columbia since 1895. The first clubs were located in Kaslo and Golden, in the Kootenays. The mining communities of Sandon, Rossland, Nelson, Trail, Phoenix and Greenwood also established clubs in the years that followed.
The Kootenays were the centre of curling until the end of World War II, when an explosion of interest in the sport spread across the province. In 1945 there were 27 clubs in the province and by 1960 there were 65 clubs.
The enthusiasm of early curlers for the game can best be understood by the distances they would travel to compete. Since most of the early clubs were in the Kootenays, those wishing to compete in a bonspiel from other areas of the province had to travel by train and stage coach to get to their destination, usually in extreme temperatures. The logistics of travel for curlers was particularly complicated by the necessity of transporting curling rocks. Many curlers had two sets to accommodate different ice conditions! In the modern game the rocks are kept at the curling club and there is no need to transport them.
Curling has made a unique and valuable contribution to both the social and sport history in British Columbia. Curling today remains a major winter sport in BC with active participation by residents across the province.
Curl BC will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of curling in 2020. We welcome you to join us as we celebrate this wonderful sport and the contribution of curlers to the social and sport history of BC.
We are celebrating the 125th anniversary of curling in BC in 2020.
If you would like to honour this milestone at your club please contact Rebecca Connop Price at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can coordinate ways to plan and/or promote your event.
Thanks to the members of the 100th Anniversary Committee for their work to produce the History of Curling in British Columbia 1985-1995, to publish the chronicle below. The committee from 1995 included:
- Murray Soder (Past President of BCICA and Curl BC)
- Dr. Eric Jamieson (President of PCCA and Curl BC)
- Janice Mori (Vice President of BCLCA)
- Jim Gordon (Historian, PCCA)
- Linda Moore (Executive Director, Curl BC)
1895 – Golden and Kaslo join the Manitoba Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club
1896 – Sandon commenced curling and affiliated with the Manitoba Branch
1897 – Armstrong form club
1898 – Nelson and Rossland join the Manitoba Branch
Kootenay Curling Association formed
First bonspiel in British Columbia with 18 rinks from Rossland, Kaslo, Nelson, Sandon and Revelstoke
1899 – Ashcroft form club
1900 – Trail and Revelstoke join association
1901 – Phoenix club formed
1902 – Greenwood club formed
1903 – Atlin club formed
1905 – Enderby club formed
1906 – BCCA affiliated directly with the RCCA, ending affiliation through the Manitoba Branch
Cranbrook and Trout Lake affiliate
1909 – Grand Forks and Fernie clubs formed
1912 – Wilmer Curling Club formed
1913 – Athalmere Curling Club formed
1914 – Kamloops Curling Club formed
Windermere Curling Association formed
1920 – Prince George Curling Club formed
Penticton Club formed
1921 – Invermere Curling Club built to replace Athalmere Club
1925 – Selkirk Curling Association was formed and included clubs from Bull River, Lumberton, Moyie, Chapman Camp, Kimberley, Cranbrook to Blairmore, Alberta
1927 – Trail Ladies Curling Club was formed
1928 – Bull River affiliated with BCCA
1929 – Moyie disbanded when smelter closed
1931 – Bull River curlers move to Canal Flats
1932 – The Vancouver Club affiliated
The Pacific Bonspiel was started
1935 – The Dominion Curling Association was established at Toronto
1936 – BCCA still an affiliate of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club and didn’t affiliate with the Dominion Curling Association until late 1936
1939 – Thirteen (13) new clubs affiliated.
The Penticton Curling Club returned temporarily
1948 – BC School Curling started by Pop Wallace of Nelson
1949 – Kamloops and Princeton affiliated to make 21 clubs in the BCAA
1951 – British Columbia Ladies Curling Association formed
1952 – BCLCA admitted to BCCA with associate membership. BCCA now had 46 affiliated clubs.
1956 – Kitimat and Terrace affiliate
Bralorne and Pioneer Mines clubs amalgamated as Bridge River Valley Club
1959 – Yukon admitted to BCCA
1960 – PCCA granted affiliation with Dominion Curling Association
Canadian Ladies Curling Association founded
1963 – BCCA recognized the Senior Curling Association of BC
1970 – Frank Avery becomes the first curler inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame
1975 – Curl Canada formed
1976 – Last year for Yukon as zone of BCLCA and BCCA
1981 – BCCA changed name to BC Interior Curling Association
1982 – Curling Council of B.C. formed July 26, 1982
1988 – Misty Isles Curling Club was formed
1992 – Curl BC formed June 17, 1992