Numerous events are being planned to celebrate the founding of the world’s first women’s curling club at the Royal Montreal Curling Club, including the 125th Anniversary RMCC Women’s Bonspiel in November 2019.
Registration for the bonspiel is now closed. If you would like to register to spectate or volunteer at the event, please click here to contact us.
1894: an historic year for women’s curling
The world’s first women’s curling club, the Ladies Montreal Curling Club, was founded by Mrs. E.A. Whitehead on December 4th, 1894. Women had been known to curl before 1894, but in those days all curling clubs were for men only. In renting the all-male Montreal Curling Club’s facilities, Mrs. Whitehead’s club provided an opportunity for women to develop their curling skills and curl against their peers.
Initially named the Ladies Montreal Curling Club, the all-women’s club changed its name to the Ladies’ Branch of the Royal Montreal Curling Club in 1924, the year when the Montreal Curling Club secured its royal designation and became known as the Royal Montreal Curling Club or RMCC.
The RMCC itself began accepting female members in 1997. The Ladies’ Branch of the RMCC remained an entity separate from the RMCC until the members of the Ladies’ Branch joined the RMCC in 2015.