Foot fair, draw to a hair,
Your stone being well directed,
You'll hit your aim, & win your Game,
If you miss, be not dejected.

Founded in 1807, The Royal Montreal Curling Club is the oldest active athletic club in North America.

It was during the reign of King George III, when Montreal was a town of perhaps 12,000, that 20 merchants and a chaplain who liked to curl together on the ice of the St. Lawrence River, decided to form a curling club. The group met on January 22, 1807, in Gillis Tavern, where The Montreal Curling Club was born, the oldest established sports club still active in North America. It must have been cold on the ice, and matches were generally followed by good food and drink, a tradition which continues to this day.