RCMPCC Club History
The RCMP (Ottawa) Curling Club was born in January, 1951 when curling enthusiasts in the police force got together and rented ice at the Rideau Curling Club. In support of these efforts, the RCMP Curling Association was formed in 1952 to establish and operate curling facilities for the benefit of members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their families. Membership grew rapidly over the next three years and plans were made to find a home for the new club.
An old stable at “N” Division was converted to provide two sheets of natural ice and began operating in January 1954 with 20 rinks (teams) composed exclusively of RCMP members posted in the National Capital Region. The strange behavior of the 42-pound granite stones on the natural ice in the horse stable became legendary. Stones would curl 12 feet on draw shots and almost as much on takeout shots. The season ended when the ice melted.
The first general meeting of the RCMP (Ottawa) Curling Club was held in May, 1954, and the first bonspiel was a 24-rink mixed event the next season. The bonspiel sparked a lot of interest among the ladies, and it resulted in a women’s branch being formed at the club.
Interest in curling and applications for membership had grown to the point that a decision was finally made to build a proper clubhouse and ice arena equipped with a refrigeration plant for making artificial ice. In 1956, the RCMP Curling Association started work to obtain land and a new building. With the lease of the current property, and the securing of funding arrangements, the dream soon became a reality. Construction began in June, 1957 and the present building was officially opened in November of that year.
Over time, non-RCMP personnel joined the RCMP (Ottawa) Curling Club and it evolved into more of a private venture, and in due course, the Club established its own executive committee to manage the curling facility. Today, the RCMP (Ottawa) Curling Club and the Association, remains not only committed to providing curling facilities for the benefit of employees of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their families, but also to the larger community of curlers who currently enjoy membership in the RCMP (Ottawa) Curling Club.