The Quesnel Curling Centre started in 1935 with the help of a Mr. Harry Joyce who had just won $10,000 in a sweepstakes, actually a Newfoundland Sweepstakes. Mr. Joyce used the money to buy materials to build a 2-sheet curling rink and he sold $200 demand notes to curlers and also charged dues. Harry Joyce, Lloyd Harper, Gavin Dezell and George Miller were the founders of what is now the Quesnel Curling Centre. The original building was with natural ice and curlers had to buy their own rocks or borrow them from someone else.
The Quesnel Curling Centre was incorporated as a non-profit society in 1953 and has maintained that status ever since, run by volunteers and now has one full-time and two part-time staff.
We have six sheets of excellent curling ice available from the long weekend in October to the middle of March. Our ice technician and Manager is Dave Plant.
We have a concession with a full menu selection and is generally open whenever there is curling taking place. Come down and have lunch or supper. They also do Catering for all kinds of functions large or small. For information regarding catering please see the Kitchen Manager.
Our upstairs Lounge has a pool table and other games available and has an excellent view of the curling sheets below. There are TV's showing the far house on every sheet of ice. This area is great for banquets and special occasions and is available to the general public to rent. Contact our office at 250-992-5813 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are the "Home Centre" of Alison Duddy Canada's GOLD medal winner at the 2015 Wheel Chair Championships. She was CurlBC's disabled athlete of the year in 2012/13. Alison is also a two time National Silver Medalist and was named the all-star lead at the 2013 and 2015 Nationals. We are honoured to have her as a member of our Centre.
Bonspiel information: Out of town bonspiel information is located on the bulletin board located near the stairway to the locker room.
Clean footwear: Clean footwear must be worn at all times on the ice arena, and as much as possible in the lobby area.
On ice water: There is a water cooler located at the main doors to the ice arena, this water is provided to the Centre by Cariboo Water.
Viewing curling: There are two areas to view curling one on the lobby level and one on the Lounge level.
Lockers: Lockers are available for a fee and are assigned when you pay. They are located on the main lobby level and downstairs in the locker room.
Locker room: Our locker room is co-ed and is in the downstairs area.
Wash rooms: We have washrooms on the main lobby area as well as on the upstairs Lounge area.The washrooms on our lobby area are wheelchair friendly.
Food and Beverage
The Lounge: The Lounge is located on the upper level of the Club and is sure to have your favourite beverage along with various snacks.
The Kitchen: The kitchen is located on the main lobby area and has a full menu and is staffed when curling is taking place. It is also available for business luncheons and does full catering. See the Kitchen Manager Joanne for details on catering.
Gratuities: The kitchen staff and Lounge staff appreciate consideration.
Our facility is open for groups to rent the facility for curling or other functions in the Lounge area. Please contact our Manager for rates and availability. During the off season when the ice has been removed we have a very large space that is ideal for weddings and conventions. This area would easily accommodate 500 people for banquets or other activities. Contact us at 250-992-5813 or email us at email@example.com.
Equipment: We have brooms, sliders and grippers available to new curlers for free. However we encourage members to purchase their own equipment soon after joining.
Curling instruction: We have two Curl Canada sessions early in October for a small fee. We also try to have a clinic during the regular season. We also do video analysis of curlers. We have trained instructors that are willing to help anyone who wants to improve their delivery or sweeping techniques. Please see our Club Manager to book a time.
Pro Shop: We stock brooms, replacement brush heads, sliders, grippers, gloves and mitts. Contact our Manager for these products. We carry products from the following suppliers. You can order shoes or apparel from their websites just click the logo and you will be re-directed there.
Volunteers: We have many activities that require your help. Your commitment of time is greatly appreciated. Please let us know if you are available to volunteer by filling out our form in the registration section.
Registration: We encourage curlers to use our on line registration forms for regular curling as well as Bonspiels.