Have you ever felt so frustrated you wanted to throw something? Break something? Try your hand at wielding a weapon? What if I told you there was a way to do that without actually shattering that precious vase of your Mom’s or stealing the decorative sword off your grandpa’s mantle? Enter axe throwing: a great way to let your frustrations ﬂy safely and legally.
Axe throwing has become an increasingly popular social activity over the past few years, and in the words of NBC News reporter Amanda Loudin*: “In Canada and a few other spots in the world, urban axe throwing is booming and according to the National Axe Federation (NATF), participants have thrown nearly 20 million axes to date.” 20 million axes!? Now that’s a lot of frustrations ﬂying! I can’t blame people, though. The mental and emotional release of throwing an axe would feel so freeing! Maybe this is exactly what I need after a long day with my very busy, wild toddler… That, and wine, obviously.
For less than $40/person, Far Shot Recreation in Orangeville, ON (just 90 minutes north of downtown Toronto) offers instruction and coaching to help you achieve your greatest axethrowing potential! If you are 14 years or older (but must be 16 years old to book) and coming with a group of 4-8 people (putting axes in teenagers hands seems a bit risky to me, but you do you) you can get your hands on a Hatchet or Tomahawk to whip at your target. And yes, it is literally a target… no human beings or animals are harmed in the throwing of these axes! This competitive activity will get your adrenaline pumping for 90-120 minutes, and deﬁnitely leave you feeling much more able and ready to face _ (ﬁll in the blank with the thing that frustrates you the most).
This activity might be fun, but it also is a great workout! Need to burn those weekend-Netﬂixbinge calories? Throw some axes! Need to get some cardio in to keep your heart healthy? Axe throwing! But amidst all that working out, don’t forget to bring your own snacks and drinks to refuel (alcohol requires a temporary permit, and a fee does apply), unless you’d like Far Shot to have pizza delivered right to you for your event (if it was me, I’d be opting for the ‘za and focusing the rest of my attention on that bullseye!).
Far Shot also offers other activities such as archery, knife throwing, and archery dodgeball. And if you want to get really, really good at throwing axes and knives, you can join a league that runs for 8-12 weeks at Far Shot with other weapon-hungry individuals. Hey, some people like to go bowling and some people like throwing heavy, sharp objects across the room… Who am I to judge?
Finally, if the drive to Orangeville feels like too much for you, and you have the space to host Far Shot on your own property, they will come to you! They will bring all of the necessary equipment, plus a coach to entertain you and your guests. You live far from the GTA? Well guess what – they will come anywhere in Ontario! Simply call or email to get a quote for your event, and enjoy the freeing feeling of axe-throwing from your own backyard!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve convinced me. Next on my list of activities to try is axe throwing! Who wants to come along
Written By: Kristin Pitman
Kristin Pitman is a married 30-year old lifestyle blogger from Toronto, ON. Alongside being a stay-at-home mom to her (almost) 2-year old son Mason, Kristin is thrilled that The Delilah Blog – which started as a passion project – is now a growing business. Be sure to check her out on Instagram @thedelilahblog for more on motherhood, fashion, beauty, travel, and more!