by Shae-Lynn Forster
Curling has a rich history in Manitoba. From having the oldest club in Western Canada to advancements made in the game of curling itself, Manitoba is the hub of the sport.
Curling is a quintessential Canadian sport. It is played coast to coast to coast by people of all ages, but the most significant curling province is undoubtedly Manitoba.
Curling in Manitoba dates back to the mid-1800s. Manitoba curlers developed the game into what it is today – the modern rules, delivery styles, and gameplay all originated in the province.
The “Mother Club” of curling, the Granite Curling Club (located in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is the oldest original club in Western Canada. It was founded in 1881. Restorative construction has been done since, but the frame and layout have stayed the same. It is still being used today. The club was, and arguably still is, the heart of curling in Canada.
Manitobans innovated the sport, creating new ways to curl. The ‘Manitoba Tuck’ slide was popularized in Manitoba by Manitoba curlers, including its inventor, Don Duguid, shown above.