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.
ACBCarticle 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.
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