Fan Guide and FAQs

FAN CODE OF CONDUCT

In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all guests please follow these common courtesies while attending the event:

  • Smoking is not permitted within the venue.
  • Foul language will not be accepted.
  • Alcohol or drug intoxication is not permitted.
  • Inappropriate clothing or dress is not permitted.
  • Throwing or projecting items of any sort is not permitted.
  • Violent, threatening, or disruptive behaviour is not accepted.

Any guest that interferes or prohibits the enjoyment of the provincial championships will be subject to ejection from the event without refund.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all guests the following items are restricted from entering the event premises:

  • Glass bottles or cans.
  • Illegal drugs.
  • Firearms or weapons.
  • Laser pointers.
  • Any item deemed to be unsafe or distracting to the other guests.

The organizing committee reserves the right to eject anyone who is deemed to have violated any of the preceding guidelines. In the event of an ejection no refund will be provided to the offending guest(s).

Getting Here

How do I get to Canada Summit Centre?

Canada Summit Centre is just off Brunel Rd at 20 Park Drive, Huntsville

When apporaoching from the East or North – Highway 60.

Turn South onto King William St.  Follow King William St. over the bridge to Brunel Rd.  Turn left on Brunel Rd. and follow it for less than 1 km.  Park Drive will be on the left.  This will lead you into the Centre that includes the High School, Summit Centre and the Active Living Centre (Moosies Lounge).

When approaching from the South  on Highway 11 North

Take Muskoka District Rd. #3 (signs for Regional Rd #3 E).  Continue through town and turn Right on Brunel.  In less than 1 km Park Drive will be on the left.  This will lead you into the Centre that includes the High School, Summit Centre and the Active Living Centr(Moosies Lounge).

There will be limited parking at the Summit Centre.  If you are unable to find a spot please use our designated off-site lots and our Shuttle Service.

Where do I park?

Parking will be limited at the Canada Summit Centre.   We do not expect parking issues Wednesday through Friday.  Volumes on the weekend will be competing with the other regular activities at the Summit Centre so please leave time to use one of the alternate lots if required.

If you are unable to find parking at the Summit Centre please go to one of our off-site lots and our shuttle service will bring you to and from the venue.   in order to ensure your complete enjoyment of the event please be sure that you leave sufficient time to park and catch the shuttle to the venue.

Please park at the following locations:

Walmart Parking Lot – 111 Howland Drive, Huntsville (Super Centre at Highway 11 and Highway 60)

Huntsville Place Mall – 70 King William St. By Tesla charging stations near King William St. across from Metro.

Schedule of Shuttles for Spectators:

  • Starting 1 hour prior to each game
  • 15 minutes following each game
  • 15 minutes after the close of Moosies

Shuttles will run approximately every 15-20 minutes and more frequently immediately prior and following events.

Is there off-site parking and a shuttle service?

Parking will be limited at the Canada Summit Centre.  If you are unable to find parking at the Summit Centre please go to one of our off-site lots and our shuttle service will bring you to and from the venue.   in order to ensure your complete enjoyment of the event please be sure that you leave sufficient time to park and catch the shuttle to the venue.

Please park at the following locations:

Walmart Parking Lot – 111 Howland Drive, Huntsville (Super Centre at Highway 11 and Highway 60)

Huntsville Place Mall – 70 King William St. By Tesla charging stations near King William St. across from Metro.

Schedule of Shuttles for Spectators:

  • Starting 1 hour prior to each game
  • 15 minutes following each game
  • 15 minutes after the close of Moosies

Shuttles will run approximately every 15-20 minutes and more frequently immediately prior and following events.

Can I get a Taxi?

Yes.

Taxis are available from:
  Independent Taxi — 705-789-8294
  Al’s Taxi — 1-800-567-2437 or 705-789-2374

Is the event fully accessible?

Yes.

Accessible shuttle buses will be running limited schedule on the weekend with full accessibility services.  The Canada Summit Centre is also a fully accessible building.

Attending a Draw

What should I wear?

For the best ice, the arena has to be cold. You should wear layers and warm footwear, and bring gloves/mitts and a hat. You might also want to bring along a blanket!

How long is a draw?

Games at the provincial championship level are 10 ends, so you can expect a draw to last 2.5 to 3 hours.

Is there reserved seating?

All seating is general admission.  Your ticket will allow you to sit in any seat on a first come first served basis.  The arena will be cleared between games with no reserved seating allowed between games.

Can I take pictures?

Yes, you can take all the pictures you’d like! Please turn off your flash.

Video taping is not permitted.

If you’re sharing your pictures on social media, please use the #2018tankard hashtag!

Should I put my cell phone on silent?

As a courtesy to the players and other fans, yes, please put your phone on silent mode!

Can I bring a sign?

Banners, flags and signs are permitted within the venue, as long as they:

  • Do not block the view of other guests
  • Do not block the view of sponsorship signage
  • Are in good taste
  • Do not specifically endorse other products or services

We reserve the right to remove any signs.

Can I bring noise makers?

You can bring non-electronic noisemakers, such as cowbells, horns, and clappers. Please be courteous to the curlers when using your noisemaker.

Do I have to leave the arena between games?

Yes, all spectators will be required to leave the arena between draws, even if you have a multi-draw or multi-day ticket. This helps us control access to the arena and gives the curlers and ice makers some quiet time between games.

During a Draw

How does a team gain the last rock advantage in the first end?

After each team has practiced, one player throws one stone with sweeping. The distance from the pin is measured and the team with the closer stone wins last rock advantage.

The team that practices first must throw their stone with a clockwise rotation, while the team practicing second must throw their stone with a counter-clockwise rotation.

In the event that a stone is unmeasurable or has covered the pin, another team member will throw a second stone.

In the event of a tie, the teams toss a coin to determine last rock advantage.

Do the teams get to pick the stones that they use?

During round robin play, the teams must use the stones assigned to their sheet.  Before the scheduled first practice, teams will conduct a coin toss to determine choice of colour of rocks or choice of practice.

During playoffs, teams may elect to use stones from other sheets. Teams keep track of which stones are well “matched” during the week.

What is thinking time?

Each team is given 38 minutes of “thinking time” per game. The team’s time clock runs only when no stone is in motion: from when the delivering teams skip takes control of the house to when stops when the stone being delivered crosses the nearer Tee-line.

Timing games this way ensures that teams are not penalized for playing draws, which take longer to travel down the ice than hits.

Each team is also given two (2) 60-second time outs per game and one time-out during an extra end.

Food and Beverages

What food and beverages are available at the Canada Summit Centre?

Muskoka Moosie’s Lounge will be serving meals starting with dinner Wed, Jan 31 –  Brunch Sun, Feb 4:

  • Lunch – 11:30-2:00
  • Dinner – 5:00-7:30

There are also 2 additional bars to serve you:

  • On-Ice Moosies serving beer and coolers at the end of the ice surface.
  • Arena Moosies serving beer and coolers next to the Concession Booth on the spectator level.

Breakfast is available at Oliver’s Cafe located next to the Jack Bionda Arena at the Canada Summit Centre.

Arena Concession Stand will be open serviced by Oliver’s Cafe.

On Thursday thru Sunday from 8:00 – 11:00 Bullock’s Independent Grocers will be selling peameal bacon on a bun at the entrance to Muskoka Moosies Lounge with all proceeds going to the Tankard Fund raising.

Muskoka Moosies Bar is open 11:00am – 2:00pm and 5:00 – 11:15pm. Snacks are available while the bar is open.

 

How can I pay for my food and beverages?

Credit/Debit processing will be available at the front entrance and Muskoka Moosies.  Food and beverage tickets will be for sale at Muskoka Moosies and at the front entrance prior to games.  Beverage tickets may also be redeemed at the cash only bars.  Please note that there is an ATM outside of Oliver’s Cafe at The Canada Summit Centre.

Where can I listen to bands, get player autographs and have a drink?

The Muskoka Moosies Lounge is the place to go for live music, food, and drinks!

Entertainment

Is there entertainment at this year's Tankard?

Absolutely!  The fun doesn’t stop with the last rock each game.  Come to Muskoka Moosies Lounge to enjoy some great local talent.

  • Wednesday January 31st – Tobin Spring    5:00-7:00pm and 9:00 – 11:30pm
  • Thursday February 1st – The Mahon Family Band .  8:30 – 11:30pm
  • Friday February 2nd – Sean Cotton and the Muskoka Connection – 9:30 -11:30
  • Saturday February 3rd – Sean Cotton and the Muskoka Connection – 9:30 -11:30
  • Sunday February 4th – Patty Parker and Bill Stewart – 12:00 – 2:00pm
Are there any special events?

Absolutely!  Don’t miss the British Invasion on Friday Feb 2nd starting with a traditional British meal and some great tunes from across the pond.

On Saturday it will be Canada Rocks! featuring music from your favourite Canadian musicians partnered with a great Canadian meal of Tortiere.  You are encouraged to wear your Red and White to the game as well as when you come to Muskoka Moosies Lounge to enjoy our great local talent.

Facilities

Is the Canada Summit Centre Accessible?

The Canada Summit Centre is a completely accessible building, meeting the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) Standards.  There are 2 elevators to reach the second floor and plenty of wheelchair accessible seating options around the rink.

Is the Canada Summit Centre family friendy?

The Canada Summit Centre welcomes people of all ages.  Please note, this is a licensed event but is still open to all ages.

Where are the washrooms at the Canada Summit Centre?

Men’s and Women’s Washrooms are located at he back of the arena near the concession stand as well as just outside of the main arena on the upper and lower floor. Men’s & Women’s washrooms are also located at Muskoka Moosies and several other locations throughout the building.

What form of payment is acceptable at the Canada Summit Centre?

Cash and credit will be accepted at all locations except On-Ice Moosies and Arena Moosies that will be cash only or pre-purchased tickets.