The 120 Rookies of the Centenial - 2013
          The 120 Rookies of the Centenial - 2013

A Rookie’s Guide to the Bonspiel

You’ve never been to the QIB and you have a few questions?  Or maybe you feel like you haven’t figured out how the Quebec International is unique?  Well this page might help.


Why does registration start on Saturday when the first draw isn't until Sunday?

Returning teams generally arrive in Quebec City on Friday or Saturday before the official start of the ‘spiel.  They come early to enjoy the camaraderie during team receptions that are held in the Chateau Frontenac.  These receptions are offered by participating teams and are open to all the curlers.  Each offers complementary drinks and food.


Where will I eat during the week?

During the first weekend, you will be able to eat at the receptions at the Chateau.  Various receptions traditionally offer choices from wings and ribs, clam chowder, cheese and paté, hot dogs, smoked meat sandwiches, lobster and the list goes on. Of course, most curlers will also take advantage of the many remarkable restaurants in the city.  Many favourites are within walking distance of the hotel and many restaurants in the city offer curlers discounts during the bonspiel.

Once the curling starts, there is home cooking at each of the clubs and there are some receptions at the hotel.  If you want to go to the Spaghetti Dinner at the Jacques Cartier Club on Monday evening, get your tickets early in the week because they always sell out. 

Sunday evening, all the curlers gather in the formal ballroom for the annual banquet. 


How will I get around the city?

The Chateau Frontenac is located in the heart of historic Old Quebec City.  There is a large variety of excellent restaurants and shops within walking distance of the hotel.  Our shuttle bus will bring bonspielers between the Chateau and each of the clubs. This is a great advantage as it removes concerns over designated drivers and is much less expensive than taking taxis.


How much will the QIB cost me?

Registration for rookies is only $245.

Standard rooms at the Chateau are available to curlers who book through the Bonspiel headquarters at reduced rates:  in 2023, rooms are $189/night (double occupancy). That works out to $94.50 perperson if you share a room with a teammate.

Here's a hint: join the Fairmont loyalty program, “Accor Live Limitless” for no cost so you will benefit from

  • access to preferential service lines at the front desk,
  • reduced rates on services,
  • free local phone calls,
  • free Internet access in your room,
  • free delivery of your choice of daily newspaper
  • complementary night's stay for future stays at the Chateau or other Fairmont properties!


Is there anything I need to bring?

  • Bring your curling gear.  Although there is a lot of socializing during the week, each team will also be doing a lot of curling!
  • Bring some pain killers.  Although there is lots of curling, there is also lots of socializing!
  • Gentlemen, bring a jacket and tie.  Ladies please bring something appropriate for a more formal setting. This more formal attire is strongly suggested for the official opening and is required for the Grand Banquet on Wednesday evening.
  • Bring winter weather gear.  The end of January is usually very cold and snow is always a feature of Quebec City in the winter.


I don’t speak French.  Will I feel out of place at the QIB?

Certainly not!  QIB curlers come from PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, The United States, Scotland and Switzerland.  Most people you will have contact with outside the bonspiel (taxi drivers, waiters, store clerks etc.) will also be able to help you in English.

Are there any special events for Rookies?

Yes, Rookie initiation is held on Saturday afternoon. At this ceremony, in addition to being welcomed into our bonspiel community, details will be provided about the friendly competition that is held to determine the Rookie of the Year. Not to be missed! 

I'm interested in participating but I don't have a complete team.  Can I still register and play?

You sure can!  You can register as an individual curler and we will add you to another team who are a player short.  Likewise, if you have three or four players and are looking for another player or two, you will see on the registration form that you can ask us to find you an additional player or two.  We will almost certainly be able to accommodate you! If you want to talk to us about your particular circumstances, contact us and we'll see what we can do.

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