almost done...Curling began in the Invermere area in 1900 when the curling rink was located in Athalmer. It was roofed with an adjoining skating rink. The land in Athalmer was too boggy for icemaker W. Seaton to keep true ice. At this time there was also some curling on Munn Lake. In 1926, an open air rink was built in downtown Invermere. It was lit up for night curling and used for two years. All members owned their own rocks and they curled every night except Saturday, and had a double draw on Sunday afternoons. To make up teams, names were drawn out of a hat.

In 1928, Frank Stockdale, owner of the local hardware, donated the land to the curling club where the rink sits today. Two sheets of ice of natural ice were built and roofed in. A third sheet was added a few years later. There was a kitchen at the far end that also served the skating rink next door. Dues were $5.00 per year. Curling was popular throughout the valley during these years. There were two sheets of ice at Edgewater, two sheets at Radium, two sheets at the Mineral King mine and one sheet of ice at Brisco. All the rinks were natural ice.

Invermere-20120121-00500In 1956, Invermere started to tear down the old rink in order to construct a new building. They tried to blow it down with 99 sticks of dynamite but it was not successful (the blast did blow out the windows of the hotel a block away and it caused a light to fall into a freshly baked lemon pie)! They had to tear the building down by hand. In 1957 the new building was started. Work bees were held on Wednesday afternoons when the stores were closed. The artificial ice plant was installed in 1958. Matched rocks were purchased from Banff. The new structure was made up of 3 levels – level one was at ice level and included washrooms and a workroom. Level two had the kitchen, office and bleachers for viewing. The lounge occupied the third level. Soon after completion, the lounge area burned down and was closed off for some years.

In 1982 the first annual Bonspiel on the Lake was held for fundraising purposes.

In 1983 the 3 level viewing area was torn down and the ice surface received a cement base to allow for year round use of the building. A new two level viewing area was constructed, with full viewing now available on both levels. Modern washrooms were built upstairs and downstairs. A modern kitchen was built downstairs. In 1984 the club received a lounge license and a full bar and lounge was built on the second floor.