North Bay selected for 2018 world curling championship
12-team tournament will be held in Ontario for first time since 1996
Curling Canada and the World Curling Federation announced that the 2018 Ford World Women's Curling Championship will be staged at the North Bay Memorial Gardens from March 17-25.
This will be the first time the Gardens has hosted a Curling Canada 'Seasons of Champions' event, as well as the first World Curling Federation event.
Kate Caithness, president of the federation, said she was proud to be bringing the tournament to a new host city.
"Congratulations to the organizing committee on their successful bid and all the very best as they prepare for this first-class curling event in Ontario," she said.
The last world curling championship in Ontario took place in 1996, when Hamilton hosted the bonspiel.
The 12-team, round-robin tournament also allows visitors to see the city for the first time, said North Bay mayor Al McDonald.
It is a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful community to the region as well as visitors attending from around the world," McDonald said.
"We are looking forward to treating everyone to a memorable week of women's curling right here in the city of North Bay."