It is believed that curling was invented as early as the first part of the 16th century in Scotland – the first written reference to a challenge of throwing three rocks on ice was in 1540. Curling was first played in 1789 by a Scottish regiment stationed in this country. Clubs were established in eastern Canada in 1820 and moved west with the railroad in the late 19th century. The first winter Olympic Games in 1924 had curling as a demonstration sport – it wasn’t added to the competition until the 1998 Nagano Games. The Brier was established in 1927.
According to Canada Curls – An Illustrated History of Curling in Canada by Doug Maxwell, curling formally arrived in Banff in 1889, as well as in Macleod and Anthracite, and preceded by clubs formed in Lethbridge (1887), Calgary (1888) and Edmonton (1888). (The first curling club in the west was Winnipeg in 1876. Prince Albert, Rosthern and Battleford were the first clubs in Saskatchewan, formed in 1879.)
The Banff Curling Club moved indoors to a facility on the present location in 1960 and upgraded several times. The Fenlands replaced this facility and opened November 1, 2010. The Banff Curling Club now boasts a spacious lounge with ample seating, and a beautifully architectured rink complete with a TV monitor system so that audience members don’t miss a shot!