Curling was a game that originated in Scotland and was played by upper classmen. It began in Sudbury in 1891 when Sudbury Journal editor, James Orr, encouraged the townspeople to develop a curling team. One year later, the first curling club was created. The first president was William Chalmers and the first vice-president was Daniel Baikie. James Orr was named secretary-treasurer.
The first curling match of the newly formed Sudbury Curling Club was between Chalmers and Baikie. This began the tradition of the two top club officials playing each other in the season opener.
Even with the opening of the first curling / skating rink facility on Durham Street, curlers still preferred to play on frozen lakes and ponds.