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About the Sport

Curling has a long and rich history. While its origins are lost in the mists of time, Scottish curlers already were playing the game by the beginning of the 16th century on frozen ponds and lochs.

Their earliest equipment included stones formed by nature, each one unique. These stones often curved, or "curled," as they slid down the ice, and the players used besoms or brooms to clear snow and debris from the path of the stones.

Today, curling is a game of strategy, finesse and strength, contested by teams generally comprised of four players. The principle of curling is simple - get your stone closer the center of the target circles, called the "house," than your opponent. Players of all skill levels can participate and compete even at older ages than most sports allow.

Respect, honor and tradition are core elements of the game. Curlers are close knit and you can rely on a warm welcome in curling clubs throughout the world. Camaraderie among players is inherent in the sport and tradition calls for both teams to sit together after a game, discussing what was and what might have been.

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Image result for learn to curlThe Dixie Curling Club partners with the City of Mississauga for 2 two sessions of Learn to Curl. 

This is a 5-week course where you learn the basics of the game.

Click the link below to book your spot today!


Please click the link below to register for the fall session!

Can't make a Learn to Curl session, but still want to try? Give us a call at 905-276-1777 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and find out how you and your friends can rent the ice!

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Want to play the game or try it out with your friends? Here's what you need to know before step onto our ice.

Q:  What equipment do you need to play curling?
A: Whether you are renting or starting to play in a league, we recommend that you wear warm, loose, and comfortable clothing. The club will provide you with grippers, sliders, and brooms.

Q:  Does the club have a learn-to-curl program?
A:  Yes, we do. Dixie has a partnership with the City of Mississauga. We run two 8-week program. The first course begins in the fall and the second course begins in the winter.

Q:  How long is a curling game?
A:  A game of curling can be played in 2 hours.

Q: Are there leagues for men and women?
A:   Dixie has a number of leagues available for men and women. We have leagues for just men. We have leagues for just women and we have leagues for mixed and for any type of combination of players. Click the drop down menu under curling to find out about our leagues.

Q:  Is there a program for children?
A:  Yes. We have two programs for specific age groups. The first is the Little Rocks program which runs on Sundays from 12pm-2pm. The age group for the is 7-12. The second is the U18/U21 program. The age group is 13-20 and runs from 2pm-4pm.

Q:  What if I cannot deliver a rock the traditional way?
A:  If you are unable to deliver the rock from the hack, there are different way you can throw the rock. You can use a stabilizer or a stick device instead. 

Q:  Is curling a good form of exercise?
A:  Yes. In a game you are working a lot of muscles. From head to toe, your body will get a good work out. 

Q:  How long is a typical curling season?
A:  The curling season can vary from club to club. Dixie begins the season at the end of September and runs until the middle of April.     

Q:  What is a bonspiel?
A:  A bonspiel is a type of tournament. It can be two 8-end games or three 6-end games. Some can last a day and some can go longer. 

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What's a hack? Bonspiel? 8-Ender? You have probably watched curling on television and have heard the broadcasters mention these terms and wonder what exactly are they talking about. Below, you will find common terms that are associated with the sport.


The line across the ice at the back of the house. Stones which are over this line are removed from play.

A stone that just touches the outer edge of the circles.

An end in which no points have been scored.

A curling competition or tournament.

A device used to sweep the ice in the path of a moving stone.

A stone in motion touched by a member of either team, or any part of their equipment. Burned stones are removed from play.

The circle at the centre of the house.

Any stone in the rings or touching the rings which is a potential point.

The amount a rock bends while travelling down the sheet of ice.

The momentum required for a stone to reach the house or cirlces at the distant end.

A portion of a curling game that is completed when each team has thrown eight stones and the score has been decided.

A stone that is placed in a position so that it may protect another stone.

The foot-holds at each end of the ice from which the stone is delivered.

A rock delivered with a greater force than necessary.

A take-out. Removal of a stone from the playing area by hitting it with another stone.

A line 10 meters from the hack at each end of the ice.

A stone that does not reach the far hog line. It must be removed from play.

The rings or circles toward which play is directed consisting of a 12-foot ring, 8-foot ring, 4-foot ring and a button.

The rotation applied to the handle of a stone that causes it to rotate in a clockwise direction and curl for a right-handed curler.

The first player on a team to deliver a pair of stones for his/her team in each end.

The rotation applied to the handle of a stone that causes it to turn and curl in a counter-clockwise direction for a right-handed curler.

A fine spray of water applied to a sheet of curling ice before commencing play.

When one stone is bumped ahead by another.

The movement of a curling stone after it has struck a stationary stone in play.

The curler who delivers the second pair of stones for hi/her team in each end.

The specific playing surface upon which a curling game is played.

At any time during an end, the stone closest to the button.

The player who determines the strategy, and directs play for the team. The skip delivers the last pair of stones for his/her team in each end.

An alternate player or substitute.

Slippery material placed on the sole of the shoe, to make it easier to slide on the ice.

The action of moving a broom or brush back and forth in the path of a moving stone.

Removal of a stone from the playing area by hitting it with another stone.

The line that passes through the centre of the house parallel to the hog line and backline.

The third player on a team to throw two stones in each end. Generally this player acts as the skip when the skip is delivering his/her stones and assists with shot selection decisions.

The amount of force given to the stone during the delivery.

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The Dixie Curling Club is a member-driven fiscally responsible club striving to provide a social environment for all ages. Dixie offers excellent instructional, recreational and competitive programs to the surrounding community.

The Dixie Curling Club has operated in its original location since 1956 and for over 60 years has provided recreational opportunities to the residents of Mississauga and surrounding communities. Dixie continues its long-standing tradition of friendliness where everyone is made to feel welcome.