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CLUB HISTORY

Forming a club and building a Curling Rink in Parksville was a dream of local curlers George Gudbranson and Ross Stephens in the spring of 1991. First they built a membership base and the Parksville Curling Club was incorporated under the Provincial Societies Act on December 20th, 1991.

The following years were spent recruiting more members, raising money and negotiating with the City of Parksville and the Provincial Government to secure a site and the funds to build the Club. Several years were spent by a number of dedicated people who continued to raise funds.

During that time, 64 curling rocks were purchased from the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel when they closed their curling club. The members raised money through raffles, casinos, debentures, golf tournaments, delivering catalogues, etc. There were numerous circumstances which prevented the realization of the dream until the Regional District of Nanaimo built a new district arena and offered to lease the old arena to the Parksville Curling Club.

In 2003 the Parksville Curling Club and the Regional District signed a 5 year lease agreement and the Club hired Gordon Twanow as our Ice Technician. When the Oak Bay Curling Club closed we were able to purchase ice making equipment. We still required 16 rocks for our 5th sheet of ice and were lucky to have the Long Beach Curling Club loan them to us due to the closure of their rink.

Our Club now boasts a total membership of 822 with 346 active curlers. We are continually upgrading the facility and recently signed a new 5 year lease. Except for Gordon and our part time manager Maurice Tieulie the entire operation of the Club is conducted by volunteers. We have 12 weekly leagues and host Special Olympics and school curling. We also host an Annual Mixed Summer Bonspiel to coincide with the Sand Castle Sculpturing at the Parksville Beach in the 3rd week of August as well as 5 other bonspiels during the year.

In 2007 we hosted the B.C. Masters Men's and Ladies Playdowns

In 2009 we hosted the BC Scotties Provincial Women's Curling Championship

In February 2012 and again in 2013, the BC Men's Championships was hosted

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