The Rideau Curling Club is a curling facility and organization located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[1] Founded in 1888, the Rideau Curling Club maintains a rivalry with the Ottawa Curling Club.

Rideau Curling Club
Location715 Cooper Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 5J5
Club typeDedicated Ice
Curling Canada regionOCA Zone 2
Sheets of iceFive
Rock coloursRed and Blue   



The original club began operation in November, 1888 as the Rideau Skating and Curling Club. The first facility of the club was the Rideau Skating Rink located on Waller Street, which opened in February 1889. The club's original president was Sir Sandford Fleming, and Governor General Lord Stanley as patron.[2] Fleming, who had been a member of the Ottawa Curling Club started the club because the Ottawa would not serve alcoholic beverages after matches.

The club was moved from their Waller St. home in 1916, when their land was requisitioned for war purposes. Their second home (1916–1930) was approximately the present site of the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1931 until 1949 the club was located at 277 Laurier Ave West, and the club reached their present home, at Cooper and Percy Streets in July 1949.[2]

The club competes against the Ottawa Curling Club in the "Ottawa–Rideau Challenge" (called the "Rideau–Ottawa Challenge" by the Rideau Club), an event which began on January 9, 1909. The challenge was held 20 times between 1909 and 1913, and was not revived until 1987.[3] It has been held regularly on an annual basis ever since, and is usually held between Christmas and New Years.


  1. ^ "Our Club". Rideau Curling Club. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  2. ^ a b "Club History". Rideau Curling Club. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
  3. ^ "Rideau-Ottawa Challenge lives on". Ottawa Citizen. December 23, 1998. Retrieved December 29, 2023.

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