Sports in Chestermere – Library Display

Sports in Chestermere Over the Years

      Ever since the dam was built and Chestermere Lake created back in 1906–it has drawn those who love water and the sports that can be played on or in it.  From the first people who launched their rowboats, to the modern day motor boats which populate the lake in summer, to the snowmobilers and ice fishermen,  it has been an ‘oasis’ on the dry prairie for those looking for adventure in all seasons.  

        Don’t miss seeing the display at Chestermere Public Library March to August, of sports in Chestermere.  It was difficult to cover all sports but thanks to donations from a number of members most of the main sports are covered.  

CHF looks forward to your comments and suggestions for this or other displays, please contact us via this webpage on the contact us link.   Thanks to the Chestermere Anchor for publishing this article on the display. https://issuu.com/anchormediainc/docs/chestermere_anchor__city_news_march

Is it just a fishy story? 

         The pike aren’t biting because they’ve lost their teeth…*

        Don’t use corn as bait, the fish can’t digest it…*

        Check out the article in the display for answers to these questions ( or see below!). 

Who made the 1988 Olympic Torches and what has this got to do with Chestermere?  

        Check out the Olympic Display to learn more about George Hansen. 

How big are the fish in Chestermere Lake? 

 Check out the stories about Emil Spielman and Roseanne Jackson and their giant fish—and you can see them in City hall!

Why was Lakeside Greens golf course so important to Chestermere’s development? 

It all has to do with water!  Check out the display for more information.  

           Lakeside Greens Golf Course

“By 1990 the project was ready to develop, including bringing [Calgary] city water to Chestermere Lake. Fifty percent of the cost was to be contributed by the developer [Lakeside Greens Development] …that was the only way  that the project and Chestermere would grow…”  page 97 Chestermere a Home for All Seasons.

*fish continually lose and replace teeth. The old wives tale that says that when fish are not biting in summer, they have sore mouths and have lost their teeth is not true.  In summer, they have more to find to eat, so bite less readily.

*fishermen who found corn in the stomachs of the fish thought that the fish could not digest it–biologists say that it is difficult for them but fish DO digest the corn eventually.

Aerial view of Lakeside Greens, taken by Keith Turner 2005

       The Calgary Yacht Club at Chestermere Lake 

What is the oldest sailing club in Alberta?  

The photo in the display is the oldest known photo of the first club house of the CYC.  There is not date but this is believed to be in the 1920s. The trophies pictured are still in the possession of the Yacht Club, the one on display donated by the Hoffners who owned the local store. You can hear more about this at the presentation by former Commodore and active CYC member, Michael Hooper.  Michael’s family have been out at Chestermere for many years and Michael’s family very involved in the sailing club and promoting the sport of sailing.  The presentation will be held at 7:30pm  following the regular CHF meeting at 6:30pm, at The Calgary Yacht Club, 635 East Chestermere Drive.  There is no charge to attend, but CHF always love to have new members at the old fashioned price of $5.

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