Curling, the true origin of this ancient game is believed had its beginnings on the frozen ponds and streams of Scotland. The game of curling was popular in Scotland in the early sixteenth century - as evidenced by a curling stone, inscribed "St. Js B Stirling". A famous curling stone inscribed with the date 1511 was uncovered, along with another bearing the date 1551, when an old pond was drained at Dunblane, Scotland.

It was not until 1716 however, that the Kilsyth Curling Club, Scotland was the first club in the world to be formally constituted.

The Harriston Mutual Curling Club ( Harriston, Ontario, Canada ) was formed in 1875, so documented in the 1883 Annual of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. Also in articles from the Listowel Banner (1881) it was noted that the famous “Palace Rink” was built (1878) to include a skating & hockey surface along with one curling surface at each side of the main ice pad. The Meiklejohn family from Scotland, are credited as founding members as well as having started the famous Meiklejohn Bonspiel held annually at the Harriston Curling Club since 1912.  The first winner of the Meiklejohn trophy was a rink out of the Fergus Curling Club.

The “Palace Rink” was expanded sometime prior to 1925, moving both curling surfaces to the same side giving a double pad for the curling enthusiasts'. The Palace was closed in or around 1953 where the curling club and skating-hockey groups moved & sharred the new ice surface on George Street. This continued through to the construction of the new arena in 1977. This complex was enlarged and contained both regulation ice surface and a separate curling facility.

Through to today, the curling club has flourished from strong leadership and member support. The club offers excellent curler development programs for junior through to senior curlers of all gender and ages. The Meiklejohn spiel continues to draw curlers from across Ontario and will host the 100th Anniversary in February of 2011.

For more information about your local curling club and the seasonal programs available, please contact any of the club contacts listed on this web site.


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