Whistler Invites Visitors To Bury The Hatchet

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Throwing axes in Whistler. It's like darts, but more Canadian.

Canadian lumberjacks as depicted by the jealous dart-throwers of Monty Python.

Throwing darts is OK for the English. It’s a sport that can be played with a pint in one hand -- and a big beer gut is not a disqualifier. But red-blooded Canadians are made of sterner stuff. We don’t throw poncey little darts. We are lumberjacks. We throw axes. 

And you don’t need a beard, a plaid flannel shirt and suspenders to celebrate our heritage at International Axe Throwing Day on 13JUN. You can simply go axe-throwing, an activity that has been gaining traction in Canada over the last several years. 

Forged Axe Throwing in Whistler, BC is one such locale where guests can grab a large bladed weapon, take aim and hurl it at a bullseye on a wooden board.

Much like the more demure bowling or curling – or the aforementioned darts -- which also involve hurling something forward with aim, axe-throwing is a social activity. At Forged, guests can book 1-hour or 2.5-hour segments, or rent the entire facility, which can accommodate up to 110 people.

A resort like Whistler is known and enjoyed for its outdoors, but Forged says axe-throwing is an indoor activity that visitors can enjoy year-round. 

“Forged Axe Throwing is perfect for a Sunday-Funday, a rainy day, smokey fire day, or a get-out-of-the-cold activity,” they write on their website. 

Guests don’t need to be experienced sharp-object throwers to play. During their experience at Forged, a dedicated coach teaches them how to throw an axe and creates fun, competitive contests to challenge guests.

A CBC article concedes that while it’s certainly not as big or popular as, say, basketball, axe throwing is a sport on the grow, with more and more leagues and tournaments surfacing. Enthusiasts hope to make axe-throwing an Olympic sport one day but until then, the most accurate lumberjacks (or lumberjanes) can win as much as $20,000 in cash prizes at tournaments. 

Toronto just hosted more than 1,000 contenders at the National Axe Throwing Federation Championship Finals — one of the biggest competitions to date.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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