If there were ever a sign that marijuana has come in from the cold, this surely is it, what’s believed to be Canada’s first curling “bongspiel.”
A Southwestern Ontario club plans a tournament next month combining one of the country’s oldest winter pasttimes, curling, with what’s rapidly becoming a new lifestyle choice, legal weed.
Forget the jokes about stoners and curling stones; the all-day event sold out within 24 hours, with calls coming in from across Ontario and 16 four-person teams signing up at $200 a team.
Music and munchies also are included.
“There’s a real appeal with it. It’s very Canadian, the idea of combining curling and cannabis. After all, we are legal and we are leading the legal pack,” said Grant Nicholson, the event convenor.
The Jan. 26 bonspiel will be held at the Wiarton and District Curling Club in Wiarton, northwest of Owen Sound, already famed for its annual Groundhog Day extravaganza featuring a woodchuck named Wiarton Willie.