Curl Up for Winter

November 21st, 2010 by Emma Durand-Wood

Greg G posted this beautiful picture of the Granite Curling Club to Twitter last night.  It looks like a cozy, welcoming winter chalet!

Over the past couple of years I’ve been to watch my husband and his team curl at various clubs around town during the MCA Bonspiel, and each one has its own atmosphere and charm.  There’s something so comforting and homey about them. From the old school logos to the well-worn ceramic mugs of coffee (according to my brother, “rink coffee” is some of life’s best), I love how stepping into a curling club feels stepping into a time machine, in the best possible way.

My home club is in St. Adolphe, and I’ll be honest: my favourite thing about it is the plastic cup of OV and basket of delicious, salty popcorn (that costs only fifty cents!) that follow a game.

While I’m on the subject of curling, we’ve been watching the new CBC series “Men With Brooms“. It’s pretty funny, and way better than the movie. And it’s filmed at the Fort Rouge Curling Club, which several of my family members swear has the best pizza of any club in town.

Which is your favourite Winnipeg (or Manitoba) curling club, and why?

6 Responses to “Curl Up for Winter”

  1. Elisabeth says:

    Of all the organized sports played on the prairies, the “roaring game” is certainly one of the oldest. Curling and Scotsmen went hand in hand, so it wasn’t long after Winnipeg came into being as a city that the Scottish community organized the earliest curling games. You had to love the sport to play in the 1870s and 80s; it was played sometimes by gaslight, with bell-shaped irons or iron-wrapped woods serving as curling stones. Rules were negotiable, teams were colourful and games were exciting but erratic.

  2. Lindsey says:

    Something about places like this that actually make OV taste good!

  3. Amir says:

    My wife and I are planning to move to winnipeg in near future and also planning to have another kid there.However we are a bit worry about babysitting in new home .What if there will be problems with the baby in midnight without my wife’s mother or any relatives.what if we dont know where to go for pregnancy time healthcares.Who will help us in problematic situations?
    Can you give us some hopeful advices?

  4. Tanis says:

    I didn’t know Men with Brooms was filmed at Fort Rouge, that is so cool. I love curling, I think it makes our long winter go by a little faster 🙂
    Very cute blog! And welcome to Manitoba!

  5. Lo says:

    I really don’t know anything about curling whatsoever, but I did take interest in Men with Brooms because I live about a 5 minute walk from the fort rouge curling club and was around when they were filming it. I remember traffic being halted in the alleys, and passerbys being stopped by police men trafficking the area during a shoot. Big trailer trucks were parked along our street and it was actually quite a fun experience to be living on a movie set. 🙂

  6. Elmwoodie says:

    Celebrating its 100th year! Join the family fun bonspiel in Fall 2011.

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