Historical Archives

Curling in Altona and area, dates back to 1927, over 85 years ago. The beginning of the sport and cultural activity was described by Esther Epp Thiessen, in the book, Story of a Prairie Town, “In 1927 curling came to Altona. Some of the original members of the town’s first club were H.H. Hamm, Harry Yee, P.L. Dick, D.H. Reimer, A.D. Friesen, Art German and Dr. Breidenbach. Together they built a one-sheet curling rink immediately west of the CPR station and charged each other fifteen dollars a season for a share in the investment. To allow for evening curling, lawyer G.C. Serkau set up a homemade light plant using a motor from a Maxwell car. Every so often the plant would konk out, and the game would discontinue until “Drusch” Wiebe, the mechanic at Rhineland Car, got it going again.”

By 1957, a large 5 sheet natural ice facility was built downtown at the site of the current Katerina Courts. Long term residents of the community recall the countless volunteer hours that were contributed in the building’s construction and eventual installation of artificial ice. The club enjoyed many years of hosting successful bonspiels with the annual Men’s bonspiel attracting close to 100 teams,in it’s heyday, competing all week long in 10 end games (12 ends for the finals. The 5 event extravaganzas required the installation of 5 sheets in the neighbouring hockey rink. Mixed curling was also popular with up to 64 teams competing. The club celebrated a 25th anniversary bonspiel in 1982.

In the late 1990’s the Town of Altona began discussing the possibility of building a new recreation facility. It was decided that the new facility would be connected to the existing Rhineland Pioneer Centre in the Northwest corner of Altona. The Curling Club wrestled with the idea of building a new curling rink along with this plan as it would require a major capital investment. However the old club on 4th Avenue was deteriorating and the choices were to spend that money on an aging facility or invest it in a new building. Ultimately the club decided to borrow money, with club members personally backing the loan, so the Curling Club could be part of the new building. In 2002 we began curling in Millennium Exhibition Centre and since then the Curling Club has hosted the following Provincial Curling Championships.

  • 2004 Manitoba Credit Union Diamond Ladies – Won by Team Elaine Jones
  • 2007 Mondetta Senior Ladies – Won by
  • 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts  -won by Team Cathy Overton-Clapham
  • 2014 Chicken Chef Mixed  – Won by Team Jared Kolomaya
  • 2015 Strathcona Senior Mens – Won by Team Randy Neufeld
  • 2018 Canola Juniors – Won by Team ??