Three Nova Scotia communities set to host 2026 Olympic curling qualifiers – Halifax

Curling Canada has announced that all three major qualifying events to determine Canada’s representatives at the 2026 Winter Olympics will take place in Nova Scotia. A city is preparing to welcome for the first time.

In an announcement made Wednesday, the official governing body for curling in Canada said events will take place in Halifax, Liverpool and Wolfville.

Halifax and Liverpool have previously hosted curlers from across the country, but the upcoming qualifying cycle marks the first time Curling Canada will host an event in the town of Wolfville.

“Nova Scotia is home to a curling community and a provincial government that has made it clear that these events are important to them, and I know the province will do an outstanding job of making these events memorable for everyone,” said Danny Lamoureux, interim chief. Executive Director of Curling Canada.

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The Canadian Curling Trials, which will determine the men’s and women’s Olympic teams, will take place from November 22 to 30, 2025 at the Scotiabank Center in Halifax.

Halifax previously hosted the Trials in 2005, when the two winners reached the podium at the 2006 Olympic Games. Halifax Mayor Mike Savage expressed his enthusiasm on Wednesday.

“Our city will be a warm and welcoming host to the Canadian Curling Trials and we look forward to cheering on teams from across the country,” he said in a news release.

Before the decisive qualifiers in Halifax, the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials will begin on December 30, 2024 at the Queens Place Emera Center in Liverpool and continue until January 4, 2025. This event is the first in a series of three. the qualification process.

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Hosting a Curling Canada Olympic qualifying event will not be a distant memory for many Liverpool residents, as the city hosted the pre-trials in 2021.

“We look forward to once again experiencing high-caliber curling and providing a warm and hospitable welcome to everyone involved,” said Darlene Norman, Mayor of the Queens Region Municipality. , where Liverpool is located.

After the first round in Liverpool, the winners will travel to the Canadian pre-trials at the Andrew H. McCain Arena in Wolfville between October 21 and 26, 2024. Wolfville Mayor Wendy Donovan said the city is excited to welcome athletes “with the East Coast hospitality we are known for in the Valley.”

“With an estimated economic impact of approximately $2 million, the pre-trials will leave a lasting legacy in our community and help continue to strengthen our capacity to host major events,” she said. “I have no doubt that we, along with Acadia University, our pa*sionate curling community, our engaged business community and our tourism and accommodation providers, will deliver an unprecedented pre-tryout event.

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston also shared his excitement over the arrival of top curlers who will compete for access to curling’s biggest stage at the 2026 games in Milan and Cortina. Ampezzo, Italy.

“Hosting three Olympic curling qualifiers in a single year is proof of our status as a premier destination for major sporting events and highlights our dedicated curling fans,” he said in the statement released Wednesday by Curling Canada.

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The Milan Olympic Games will take place from February 6 to 22, 2026.

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