The 2012 women's world curling championship will be held in Lethbridge, Alta., the Canadian Curling Association said Monday.

The world's best women's curling teams will compete at the 5,000-seat Enmax Centre from March 17-25.

"We look forward to coming back to Alberta for another first class curling event," Kate Caithness, president of the World Curling Federation, said in a release.

It's the 12th time Canada has hosted the women's worlds since the championship began in 1979 in Perth, Scotland. The last time it was held in Alberta was in 2006 in Grande Prairie.

Canada has won a leading 15 gold medals at the women's world championship since 1979. Sweden is next with seven.

The last Canadian women's rink to win a world title was Jennifer Jones's foursome from Winnipeg in 2008 in Vernon, B.C.

The 2011 women's world championship will be held in Esbjerg, Denmark, March 19-27. The men's world championship will be in Regina, April 2-10.