Fabric in Time: Quebec Ski Clubs

Ski clubs in Canada date back to 1891, with the earliest continually operating ski club in Revelstoke, B.C. Since then, ski clubs formed across the country on a regular basis, such as the Montreal Ski Club, in Quebec, established in 1904, while they utilized the slopes of Mont Royal. The club moved north to the Manitou Ski Club in Sainte-Agathe in 1905, where the train brought avid skiers from Montreal and nearby areas, establishing the Laurentians as a major ski destination.

One constant over time was the importance of ski club ribbons, labels and badges, which were used functionally to validate members but also were a source of tremendous pride. Below is a collection of various ski club patches in Quebec, in a vast array of striking colours and styles.

[L to R]: G.A. Giorloff, Mrs. Fred Wrangell, Mrs. C.B. Backer and Sigurd Lockeberg in Gatineau Hills, Que., c.1920s. CSHFM Collection.