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Three men sweep as a curling rock moves down the ice

Big step toward new Pincher Creek curling rink

For curlers in Pincher Creek and surrounding area, it was the best possible news — an early Christmas present, if you will.

After months, maybe years, of uncertainty, it now appears a new curling facility is one step closer to reality after the Pincher Creek Curling Club received approval of a $1-million grant application through the province’s Community Facility Enhancement Program.

The new structure, to be built on the existing golf course parking lot, has a current estimated cost of about $3.6 million, which is expected to be shared evenly between the club, the town and the MD.

“We’ve always had money set aside for a curling rink,” explained Mayor Don Anderberg following a curling event Jan. 20.

“So, where it’s at right now … there has to be discussion about how this is going to look going forward.”

Construction of the proposed four-sheet facility will include connecting the club, in some form, to the golf course clubhouse and utilizing the restaurant, now closed over the winter months.


Table setting of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.


“Our intent is to make the clubhouse a year-round facility,” Anderberg added.

Because of height restrictions with Crestview Lodge next door, the new rink won’t have the advantage of a second-floor viewing area, as it enjoys now.

It will, however, be able to generate revenue during the five or so months the ice is out with weddings, dances or other community events. Unlike the Main Street location, which has a dirt-based foundation, the new facility will have a solid concrete floor.

Although a large portion of its $1.3-million share comes from the Alberta government, curling club president Hayley Smith said there’s still some fundraising to be done — about $200,000.

“We will be looking for corporate sponsorships to help cover some of the remaining cost,” she said. “Our [ice] plant, which was installed in 2018, will also be moved over to the new site as part of our contribution to the project.”

Asked if there’s any indication when construction might start, the mayor said possibly later this year with a potential 2025 opening, once everything that needs to be done is in place.


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Five women pose with curling brooms and rocks

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – Jan. 24, 2024

Clean sweep to victory

Sixteen teams and six days of competition, and it was an all-ladies rink that took the title at this year’s Town and Country Mixed Bonspiel at the Pincher Creek Curling Club.

Creekview Dental, led by co-skips Hayley Smith and Jessie Kilkenny, doubled Justin Zoratti’s foursome 4-2, stealing one in the sixth end to take the championship in Saturday’s A-event final. From left are Shelby Speight (spare), Jocelyn Metzler (lead), Jessie Kilkenny (skip),  Jessica Brauer (third) and Hayley Smith (second).

Kids trick or treating in lion costumes – one roaring and one smiling on the front page of Shootin' the Breeze. Alberta news from Pincher Creek area and Crowsnest Pass.

Nov. 2, 2022

Lion’s share of fun

Ames and Miles were spotted enjoying Spooky Town and the great weather Saturday at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek.

Curling rock with red handle is pushed with a stick in a game of sturling

Pincher Creek celebrated as Alberta’s sturling hotbed

It’s official — Pincher Creek is the sturling capital of Alberta.

“What is sturling?” you may ask. Invented in Didsbury, Alta., in 1998, the sport is much like the game of curling.

The biggest difference between the sports is that, in sturling, rocks are delivered with sticks or sliding, rather than exclusively sliding when curling. Other differences include sturling teams made up of two players instead of four, and games taking only one hour to complete compared to curling’s three.

Garry Cleland, Pincher Creek’s director of sturling, helped introduce the sport to the community in 2017. What began as a group of four members — Garry and his wife, Ruth, his cousins Dennis and Mel Cleland — has now turned into 58, with more on the way.

“It’s opened the game to a whole new group of people,” Garry says, adding that individuals of all abilities can play.

Garry recently reached out to Curling Alberta to inquire about how many sturling members other communities had. He was informed that Curling Alberta does not keep track of sturling statistics, but that the sport’s inventor, Carson Schultz, had all of the numbers available.

After contacting Carson, Garry found out that only one community had more members than Pincher Creek — Red Deer, with 60. However, with Red Deer’s population at just above 100,000 and Pincher Creek’s sitting below 7,000 with town and MD combined, our community has far and away the most sturlers per capita, making it the sturling capital of Alberta.

“It’s been getting very, very popular,” Garry says of the sport.