Have you always wanted to be a lumberjack but don’t know where to start? Are you a proud Canadian that wants to don some flannel and celebrate your heritage?
If you live in a city like Toronto, this might seem hard to do.
It’s hard to imagine felling a tree or throwing an axe when you’re on the subway or shopping in the Eaton center. That’s why axe throwing enthusiasts in big cities started axe throwing leagues in the first place.
Axe throwing leagues started off in people’s backyards in an urban environment. They would set up some sort of crude target in the backyard along with some protective siding like a chain link fence, then invite their friends over to throw a hatchet or a throwing axe at the target. Drinks were had, the barbecue was fired up, and before anyone knew it, axe throwing leagues were a popular event in the city. So popular in fact, that BATL, the Backyard Axe Throwing League, has eight official locations throughout Canada. At these locations you can learn how to throw an axe, join a regular league, or host an event for family and friends.
The reason we love throwing axes and the whole lumberjack aesthetic is because it’s in our blood, it’s part of our past. Canada was a colonial country and the first thing that settler’s had to do was clear away a lot of trees in order to build homesteads and to fuel their wood stoves during the brutal winters. The axe was and still is a fixture in the Canadian identity and axe throwing leagues provide Canadians with a fun, safe, and respectful environment, in which to celebrate that heritage.
As mentioned above, axe throwing leagues serve a few purposes. One is to host regular meetings of axe throwing leagues. This is an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, and test those skills on a regular basis. If you want to see what all the excitement is about, axe throwing leagues can also be booked for private parties. At these private parties, you and your friends will learn how to properly throw an axe and then have a blast competing against each other. Drinking is allowed at axe throwing leagues as long as you’re safe and no glass bottles are allowed.
So if you’re looking for a great time and a way to celebrate your Canadian axe throwing heritage, visit your neighbourhood axe throwing league today.