Club History

Forming a club and building a curling rink in Parksville was a dream of local curlers George Gudbranson, Tom Boag 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 that 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, under the leadership of Tom Boag, the Parksville Curling Club and the Regional District of Nanaimo signed a lease agreement and the Club hired Gordon Twanow as our Ice Technician. When the Oak Bay Curling Club closed, we were able to purchase additional 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.

Parksville Curling Club is the only curling club in the Province with dedicated arena ice. We are continually upgrading the facility.

The Club now boasts a total life membership of over 1200 with 320 active playing members, many who play multiple games each week for a total of 585 weekly curlers on the ice including all non-member curlers.

Except for our ice technician, Tim Kottsieper and part time manager, Zack Kozak, all business of the Club is conducted by an exceptional number of dedicated volunteers.

We now have 14 weekly leagues and also host Special Olympics, school and junior curling programs.   We 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 9 other bonspiels during the year. Since 2008, the summer bonspiel has been preceded by Elaine Dagg-Jackson's 4 Foot Camp that brings top instructors and 75 curlers each year from across North America and a number of other countries around the world.

Parksville Curling Club has hosted a number of zone, regional and provincial championships.

In March 2007, we hosted the B.C. Masters Men's and Ladies Championships.

In January 2009, the BC Scotties Provincial Women's Curling Championships.

In February 2012 and again in February 2013, the Canadian Direct BC Men's Championships.

In March 2014, the BC High School Championships.

In December, 2015 we hosted the Tim Hortons BC Junior Championships.

In March 2017 we hosted the AMJ Campbell Van Lines BC  Mixed Championships.

In January/February 2018 we hosted the Belairdirect BC Men's Provincial Championship.

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