The History of Curling in Whitby, Ontario

The earliest record of Whitby having a curling club was in 1877. It was part of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club which was a curling association until 1892 when the Ontario Branch broke off and formed what is today now called the Ontario Curling Association.  The first curling club was located on the north-east corner of Mary and Byron Streets. It was a low frame building containing two sheets of ice. The curlers purchased their own granite rocks and they were of different weights and sizes. People playing in the lead positions would try and get rocks that weighed about 45 lbs so that they were hard to remove once in play. 


A new areana was built in 1889 by George Cormack and William Barnes.  The frame structure (pictured below) was constructed on the block bounded by Brock, Ontario, Green and Gilbert Streets.

Curling 1889 

In 1891 the club moved to the new ice rink.  Two sheets of ice were provided on each side of the skating rink. There were one foot boards and ropes separating the skaters from the curlers. Water for pebbling the ice was made from melted snow. It was placed into a 10 gallon pail and then attached to "The Old Piddler". The Old Piddler is currently used as the trophy for the Monday Night Men's section champion.  Around 1912 the rink manager decided that the ice rink was to be used for skating and hockey and eventually curling in Whitby took a hiatus.


In 1957 Claire Rich decided that Whitby needed a curling rink. On January 9th, 1958 a meeting was held in the Whitby Community Arena. Forty one men and two women attended. A petition was signed and sent to the Province of Ontario for a charter for a curling club. On June 4, 1958 a charter was signed by the Honourable George Dunbar, Provincial Secretary, for a corporation without share capital to be known as The Whitby Curling Club. Claire Rich was elected the First President of the Club.

An acre and a half was purchased from Allan and Arthur Bradley for the sum of $4000.00. An option of taking another half acre to the east was taken also. Plans to build a curling club at a cost of $35,000 were made and a mortgage was obtained. On March 10, 1990 this mortgage was burned.

The curling club was constructed and the building was completed in time to start the 1958 – 1959 season. Due to lack of funds the clubhouse was only built to look out over sheets four, five and six but there was a basement
locker room and an upstairs lounge. The membership was so pleased with the leadership of Claire Rich he was re- elected president for the 1958-59 and 1959-60 seasons.  In 1958 the Whitby Curling Club was built and up and running at its current location. It was not long until a reputation of fellowship, fun and good curling was established. This was probably due to the fact that the small clubhouse had people practically sitting on each other's laps. The furniture in the lounge was a mixture of member's cast-offs. Down in the locker room was the 'snake pit" where people would enjoy a beer for a quarter.

In October of 1959 it was decided to stucco the outside of the clubhouse at the cost of $310.00. The money was raised by having a cocktail party. The curling fees for 1959 were set at $50.00 for men and $25.00 for women.
In 1960 the roof leaked and the basement flooded. In the 1961-62 curling season there were 206 members.

In July 1964 work began on a new club house. Donations were collected from members and sufficient money was collected to have the beautiful fireplace built in the main lounge. Construction was completed in time for the opening of the curling season on October 30, 1964. On December 7, 1964 the club received a liquor license.

Over the first few curling seasons, the club was plagued by ice that heaved (expecially on the outside sheets). In the summer of 1965 the curling rink base was replaced. Four inches of styrene foam was laid. The cooling pipes were place above the foam insulation and then covered with sand. The sand base remained until the late 80's when it was replaced with the current concrete pad.


In 1965-66 the Business Girls section was formed. In 1967 the club constitution was amended to state that the President of the Whitby Curling Club must always be male, however the Executive could include up to 3 women.


In the early 1970's, Junior curling was started.  During the 1976-77 curling season, a safety check of the building turned up over $40,000 or repairs. In 1978 ladies were recognized as full members of the Whitby Curling Club.


In 2003 the parking lot was paved. In 2006 the roof leaked and the basement flooded. The roof was redone in 2007. By 2007-08 there were 387 members.  The basement flooded again in 2011 resulting in the basement being totally renovated. 2011 saw the Senior Men's League joining the club.  In the winter of 2013-2014 an ice storm and subsequent snowfall combined to create conditions that led to the outside sheets of ice being flooded.  These sheets had to taken out of service for a time which caused the cancellation of several games. In response to the flooding issues, in the summer of 2014, a sub-drain system was installed to help collect surface run-off and direct it the existing storm leader system.  In addition a concrete walkway, graded away from the building deflect surface water was also installed.  Also, the summer of 2014 saw the replacement (after 16 years of service) of the ice scraper and the 3rd version of the Club website was launched.  In the summer of 2015 a couple of improvements were made to the Club infrastructure.  A new condenser replaced an aging unit and a new Power Management solution was added to help manage the electricity consumption and costs. Continuing along the theme of energy conservation, in 2016 the lighting inside the club was replaced with new energy efficient fixtures and bulbs and in summer 2017 the area lighting was replaced with ceiling mounted LED fixtures and bulbs.  In January 2018 Whitby hosted the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts.  This highly acclaimed event was held in the club. The summer of 2019 saw a number of improvements to the club.  A Trillium Grant was used to add insulation to the arena and to install new siding on the outside of the arena.  In addition, through donations and funding from the capital fund the following improvements were completed:  the bar was rebuild and reconfigured, new backboards installed in the arena, exterior painting and a new electrical plant for the area.  

The 2019-20 curling season was over early due to the COVID-19 pandemic response locking down the province.  In 2020-21 the season was started using COVID-19 safety protocols however by the first of December league play was suspended due to another COVID-19 lockdown.  Practice ice was available in the month of December but that was canceled due to more stringent lockdown measures.  At the end of January 2021 the season was declared over as the Cub decided to shut down and remove the ice with little chance of a return to curling before the normal end of season in April. The 2021-22 was again interupted briefy with COID mandates, however, the season was comleted and league champions declared.  2022-23 was a complete season with no stoppages related to COVID, the first complete season since 2018-19. 





                             WHITBY CURLING CLUB – Past Presidents  


58-60  Claire Rich

89-90  Andy Wintonyk

60-62  Bert Foote

90-91  Darriel Muirhead

62-63  Perry Lawrence

91-93  Bob Winters

63-64  Jack Doughty

93-94  Doug Foot

64-65  Jim McClelland

94-95  Andre O'Bumsawin

65-66  Ralph Risebrough

95-96  Dave King

66-67  Jack Beaton

96-97  Paul Barnett

67-68  Bill Legros

97-98  Joe McLauchlan

68-69  Wilf Butts

98-99  Tom Worsley

69-70  Vic Ames

99-00  ElaineForshaw

70-71  Rob Burns

00-01  Tim Finora

71-72  John Davies

01-02  Paul Adair

72-73  Ernie Douglass

02-03  Dave Stringer

73-74  Bill Jenkins

03-04  Dennis Noakes

74-75  Ron Teal

04-06  Gerald Normandeau

75-76  Charlie Fisher

06-07  Jim Coles

76-77  Doug Hird

07-09  Linda Green

77-78  Ron Ennis

09-10  Colleen Goodchild

78-79  Bob Ashby

10-11  Tracey Macaulay

79-80  Rob Morton

11-12  Bob Winters

80-81  Jim Clancy

12-14  Andrew Gray

81-82  Dave Werry

14-16  Tracey Macaulay

82-83  Ted Birchard

16-18  Bryce Jordan

83-84  John Kunetsky

18-20  Rob Phillips

84-85  Mark Burch

20-22  Mandy Bennett

85-86  Don Paradine

22-23  Bryce Jordan
86-87  Murray Moynes
87-88  Winston Muschett
88-89  Jack McCorkell  

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Whitby Curling Club

815 Brock Street North
Whitby, ON
Canada  L1N 4J3

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The Whitby Curling Club is located in Whitby, Ontario. It is a Not-For-Profit organization that was founded in 1958. It has 6 sheets of ice, lounge, and dinning hall. It has recreational curling leagues for anyone 8 years old or older. It offers a great facility for team building execises and meeting space.