York Urbanist

Start of Curling in Ancaster

Having grown up in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, and being the avid curler, this picture at the bottom enthralled me.  The Wilson Mill remains the icon of today, fashioned as The Old Mill Restaurant.  The “marshy area” may be a pond that remains above the Old Mill still today.


“Curling on Rousseau Street. This outdoor rink was located on a marshy area across the road from where the first Wilson’s Mill was built. The curlers in this picture may be two rinks that were formed when the Ancaster Curling Club was formed in 1906. The minutes of the curling club are in possession of Fieldcote Museum along with the names of all the founding members (Courtesy Grimwood Collection).”