Curling is one of the most popular sports in Canada and, although this popularity isn’t international, there is an interesting history of how the game came here from Scotland. It all started before Confederation when people had to make do with the harsh cold conditions, to keep warm.
The Scottish that came to the country had done some curling back home and found that it was an excellent activity and a sport to be done during the long winter. Slowly but surely, they managed to make it into the homes and hearts of Canadians, who took to it regardless of age or level within society.
The game evolved to have covered rinks instead of being played outdoors and as it became more popular, towns were able to go against each other in friendly matches.
Back then, the curling stones were made out of iron and their shape resembled kettles and it remained this way in the new continent until the mid-1900s. If you want to take a look at these ironstones, you can always pay attention to the door stops at your local club and you might find it used to be a curling stone.
It all changed to use granite stones that are made in Scotland with the densest, purest, and hardest granite there is around, completely impervious to wetness. This granite comes from the Island of Ailsa Craig, as there isn’t granite like that in any other place in the world.
There is a lot more that we could say about the history of curling as it turned from a rudimentary activity to keep warm, to a properly regulated sport with thousands of fans. For now, we leave you with that bit of history and you can let us know if you want more.