Our Story

Our Story

In the mid-1950’s, 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 and socialize. Together with a group of ambitious individuals and families, the North Hill land plot was purchased in 1957 and the Club sold memberships for $500 each with an ambitious goal of securing 1200 memberships before starting construction on a $600,000 structure. The sod on the new facility was officially turned on April 18, 1959 by Alberta Minister Fred Colborne. In the spring of 1960, construction progressed, and the Club had signed 1200 shareholders, with 17 families on a waiting list.

The doors to the Club officially opened on December 9, 1960. The original facility included 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


To enrich the lives of Member Families through the provision of exceptional facilities, programs and services supporting lifelong physical and social wellbeing.


To be the best part of your day.



  • We act with the highest ethical standards while striving to be truthful, trustworthy and honourable.


  • All individuals can expect to be treated fairly and courteously at the CWC, with positive interactions among members, staff and guests. We welcome diversity and embrace a culture of inclusion.


  • The CWC promotes and provides opportunities for our stakeholders to lead balanced, active lifestyles, contributing to personal health and happiness through all stages of life.


  • With service, programs and opportunities provided at the highest possible standards, the CWC strives to be the best private club it can be and to help our stakeholders to excel and achieve their goals.


  • Family, friendships and social opportunities in a welcoming and diverse community.


  • We keep an eye to the future and seek sustainability in both our operations and the long-term future of the organization.


  • The CWC strives to provide a safe environment for our Member Families, Staff and Guests. Our facilities are secure and maintained to allow opportunities for independence and enjoyment for all.