Ice, Ice, Baby: The Sport of Curling

When I think of Canada winter sports and come to mind: skiing, ice skating, and sledding. But, have you ever heard of the sport of curling?

Curling was invented in the early to mid 1500s in Scotland. As Scottish immigrants made their way to Canada, they brought the game with them. Today, there are about 1 million curlers in Canada. So, it seemed fitting I learn a bit more about the sport.

One of the most confusing things for people new to the sport is the strange terminology or words, used. Let’s begin with some important curling words…

The surface on which curling is played is called the sheet. The sheet is about 150 feet long by about 15 feet wide.

That giant bullseye-like target at each end is known as the house, and center of the house called the button. The goal of the game is pretyy simple: get your team’s stones closer to the button than the other team gets theirs.