In the mid-1950’s the idea of creating a second private Sport and Social Club in the City of Calgary was being made a reality by a group of ambitious and active North-Calgary community members that wanted to create a place of their own. Roy Farran, then Editor of the North Hill News, realized there wasn’t a high quality sports facility in the Northern part of the city to accommodate the individuals who wanted to curl, bowl or simply socialize. Hence the monumental planning began in the late 1950s. The group of interested individuals and families were growing by the day and the momentum to build a world class facility was picking up quickly.
Once the North Hill lot had been purchased from the City of Calgary in 1957, the Club started selling memberships at a downtown office located at 818 16th Avenue NW. The Club sold memberships for $500 each with an ambitious goal of securing 1200 memberships before starting construction on a $600,000 structure. The Club’s Board opened tenders for excavation of the building site on April 1st, 1959, and the sod was officially turned on April 18th by Alberta Minister Fred Colborne. In the spring of 1960, construction was progressing, and the Club had 1200 shareholders, along with 17 families on a waiting list. When the Club officially opened its doors on December 9th, 1960, there was a dining room, swimming pool, five-pin bowling alley, skating rink, badminton courts, outdoor tennis and a curling rink. Today, the Club offers all of these original activities and much, much more. The Calgary Winter Club is now considered to be one of the top private Sport and Social Clubs in North America.
The Club is now a second home to roughly 3,000 shareholders and their families, totalling 8,000 members of all ages, who benefit from a vast array of activities and opportunities. The 280,000 sq. ft. Club, literally has something for everyone.
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 5:15 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday: 6:45 am – 11:00 pm
July & August the Club closes at 10:00pm Monday to Sunday.
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