We're The Home of Axe Throwing

Since Our Backyard Beginnings in 2006

We’re the original Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL).  Our mission is to show people the power of being good to each other, using the axe as a tool to build community inspired by our backyard roots.  We’re immensely proud to have been the first organization in the world to offer an urban venue to experience the thrill of indoor axe throwing in leagues, walk-ins and private events such as parties and team building.

BATL was founded at the home of CEO Matt Wilson in 2006. What started as a personal passion sparked by a summer camping trip soon spread through word of mouth in Toronto, and today hundreds of thousands of people have experienced the thrill of throwing axes at one of BATL’s nine locations.  In the past 10 years BATL has been covered extensively by local, regional and national press; growing from our original backyard roots to today operating nine locations across Canada, including Calgary, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Pickering and Toronto.

As the sport of axe throwing has grown, BATL has also played a lead role as a founding member of the National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF), together with other of the most premier urban axe throwing organizations worldwide since its inception in 2016.

Where Burying the Hatchet Can Gain You Points
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Backyard Axe-Throwers Set to Debut in Calgary this Summer
The Joy of Axe-Throwing: 'When you hit that bullseye there's no better feeling'
Axe-Throwing League Taking Aim in Toronto
Seven Reasons to Visit Toronto Now
Calgary’s Axe Throwing League Gaining Popularity
Toronto Axe Throwing League Has Big Plans
Think Darts are Girly?  Try Axe Throwing
The Late O'Clock News
Watch:  Jess learns how to throw an axe
Jay Ingram tries his skills at axe throwing.
After Dark with Rick Fox
New club is
Dean Brody Axe Throwing
Big in Canada: Throwing Axes for Fun
Feeling stressed? Why not try Axe Throwing?
The Backyard Axe Throwing League skills competition
Ax-throwing club wants a liquor license
TSN Original:  The Buds
Ax, Meet Target: Throwing Blades for Sport

2006 – 2010:  The Original Backyard

The Backyard - 2009
The Backyard - 2008
The Backyard - 2007

2011 – 2012:  Our First Warehouse

Sterling Rd. - 2011
Sterling Playoff Finals
Sterling End of Season

2013 – 2014:  Toronto Expansion

Summer Skills Competition
BATL Toronto East
Road to BATL Concert

2015 – 2016:  A National Presence

BATL Yorkdale Lobby
BATL Ottawa
Foam Axe: Oshawa Generals
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