LTC Train the Trainer Seminar

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The OVCA is hosting a Learn to Curl “Train the Trainer” seminar on Sunday, October 17th.

The seminar will be hosted by the Ottawa Golf and Hunt Club, and will run from 9:30am until 3:30pm

The seminar consists of:

  • morning coffee and treats
  • lunch
  • Trainers Guide to the LTC program and instruction
  • Expert guidance from seasoned trainers

This one-day course will give new instructors the tools they need to run a learn to curl program featuring classroom review of the curriculum, interactive discussion and on-ice sessions; please bring your curling equipment for live, integrated training.

Class size is limited. Clubs may register up to three (3) representatives.

Registration is NOW OPEN for the seminar. Please note that there may be a nominal registration fee charged at registration the day of the event.

Welcome to the new

Thanks for taking a moment to visit the new digs. We hope you like what we’ve done to the place!

Our new website features most of the same functionality of our previous site, along with some new self-serve features that will make it easier for you to promote your clubs programs and bonspiels with us.

The website features:

  • Our events calendar, where you can promote your inter-club bonspiels, or your Open Houses.
  • A NEW self-serve “classified” section where you can promote your Learn to curl programs, or advertise openings in your youth or adult programming
  • A NEW self-serve youth free-agent listing service, where players can find teams, teams can find players, or coaches can find a team to coach for the upcoming season.

We’re still pulling the down the scaffolding and packing away the drop cloths, so if you find something that doesn’t quite work right or needs a bit of finishing, let us know at

Good curling in 2021!

Hunt Club Looking for Curling Coordinator

The Hunt Club is looking for an Associate Curling Coordinator.

The successful candidate will report to and work alongside the Curling Manager/Head Ice Technician.

The focus of all staff is directed to Member service and the enhancement of our Members’ experience. Hours will be flexible and will include early mornings through evening and weekend requirements.

For more information, see the attached document.

OVCA Youth Symposium

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The Ottawa Valley Curling Association Youth Symposium will be held on Saturday September 18th, 2021 from 9 am until noon.  

This meeting is open to anyone with an interest in supporting youth curling (youth program directors & volunteers, parents, etc.).


  • RSVP,
  • forward agenda items,
  • state your preference for meeting format (in person location or virtual), and
  • direct any questions to the meeting organizer: Ron Guilbault,, 613-277-2617.  

Please also feel free to forward this message to anyone whom you think might have an interest in attending the Symposium. 

There is no cap on the number of attendees unless we think we might exceed the capacity of our system or club limits (physical or health restrictions if in person), however RSVPs are required to help limit and ensure adequate and security to keep out unwanted attendees. 

Ron Guilbault

OVCA Youth Director

OVCA AGM – Sept 27th


The OVCA Annual General meeting will be held virtually on Monday, September 27th at 7:00pm.

Registration will open soon. Keep watching our social media and your email for details.

Big Events in Ottawa!

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A pair of events that will have significant ramifications in the qualifying process for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will be staged at a new-look curling facility in Ottawa, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

Five men’s and five women’s teams will compete for direct-entry berths into the Tim Hortons Curling Trials, presented by AGI, while eight teams of each gender will compete for direct-entry berths into the Home Hardware Curling Pre-Trials.

The Canadian Curling Trials Direct-Entry Event and Canadian Curling Pre-Trials Direct-Entry Event will run concurrently Sept. 22-26 at the RA Centre’s revamped Curling Centre of Excellence facility in Ottawa.

“These are new events that fit our mandate of trying to be as inclusive as possible for as many teams as possible to be part of the Olympic qualifying process as we come out of the pandemic,” said Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer Katherine Henderson. “These unique circumstances — especially still not knowing definitively how the competitive landscape will look in the fall — demanded a unique approach, and we believe it will, in the end, produce teams that are worthy of wearing the Maple Leaf in Beijing.”

Ottawa has hosted numerous major curling championships in recent years — most recently, the 2017 Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials and the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier.

“It is great news that Curling Canada has chosen Ottawa to host the Canadian Curling Direct Entry Event and Curling Canada Pre-Trials Direct Entry Event,” said Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa. “The Curling Centre of Excellence at the RA Centre will be the perfect venue to showcase some of the nation’s top curlers competing to represent Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.”

“Ottawa Tourism is very pleased that the new Curling Centre of Excellence at the RA Centre in Ottawa has been chosen to host these important curling events on the way to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games,” added Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “Ottawa is ready and willing to safely host these major events once again.”

For more information, and to see the teams participating, please visit the original article at Curling Canada’s website.

RA Curling Centre of Excellence

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The RA Centre has announced the transformation of their curling facilities

Here’s a quick overview of the project. 

  • The project will be completed in phases over a few years
  • Phase 1 will consist of the arena ice change-over to curling and will be completed for the Fall. 
  • The stadium style ice will be divided into five (5) sheets and additional short practice areas.  
  • Programming will centre around the longstanding and successful RA Curling Club leagues, activities, and learn-to-curl programs. An expansion of para and junior curling, the introduction of high-performance training camps and specialty curling clinics will support Long Term Athlete Development for all ages and abilities. 
  • Future phases (timing tbd) will include the creation of vibrant social spaces and lounges, as well as modern and accessible dressing rooms. 

This re-development solidifies curling as an integral part of the RA and opens up major opportunities that would otherwise not be possible. Once completed, the Curling Centre of Excellence will offer greatly enhanced experiences to the RA Curling Club members and the broader curling community. 

[from the original article published at]