This weekend, Yellowknife Bay will be transformed into a rink for the Long John Jamboree’s ‘John’spiel, their twist on a regular bonspiel or curling tournament.

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“There’s not many places in this world that you get the opportunity to actually curl on lake ice,” said event organizer Trevor Sinclair.

“[It’s] the way curling started back in about the 16th century, so here’s to going back in time right here in Yellowknife.”

16 teams will face off over the weekend in an instant-elimination tournament until the final team is left standing.

This is the Jamboree’s second such event. It costs $80 for a four-man team, or $20 to register alone.

“Don’t take it too serious,” advised Sinclair to potential players.

“This is where if you are brand new – you’ve never touched a rock a day in your life, you have a chance to beat the Koe’s of the world. It’s a completely different game out on the lake.”

The ‘John’spiel is expected to start Friday and runs throughout the weekend. More details on the event will be made available on the jamboree’s website.