Axe Throwing Featured in Cleveland News Herald

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General Toronto

Mark Meszoros, from the Cleveland Herald News has written about his recent visit to the city of Toronto, and the highlight of his trip was an afternoon spent at the Backyard Axe Throwing League.

In the words of Mark, "axe throwing is just one potential element to a sports-themed visit to Canada’s most-populous city and, at 2.7 million folks, the fourth-most-populated in North America".

Whether for an hourly walk-in session on your own or with another friend, or one of our widely acclaimed private axe throwing events tournaments serving groups of 6 or more people, BATL can offer an axe throwing experience to suit everyone's tastes, so whether in town for just a few hours or you're a long-time resident of the City of Toronto, come check us out!  As we love to say, everyone wants to throw an axe, they just don't know it yet.

Badge of Awesome Goes Axe Throwing

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General Kitchener

Located in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo, the Backyard Axe Throwing League's Kitchener location has become a mainstay of the local community and recognised as one of the most fun things to do in the City of Kitchener.

BATL Kitchener was recently featured by local adventure blog the Badge of Awesome, as one of its top ranking things to do for those looking to get out and try something different, or simply spend quality time with friends.  If you haven't checked out Badge of Awesome before it's worth taking some time to check out - written by Josh Martin, a local blogger, author and motivational speaker, who also shares the moving details of how the blog began.

BATL Kitchener is open 7-days a week providing a personal axe throwing experience to private groups of 6 or more people, as well public walk-in sessions on weekends and our renowned axe throwing leagues.  Stop by to visit us and take advantage of our bar & kitchen at 69 Agnes St. the next time you're in Kitchener!

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Axe Throwing Given Top Ranking by Narcity Ottawa

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General Ottawa

The Backyard Axe Throwing League was recently ranked by the acclaimed blog Narcity as one of the Top 15 Super Fun Activities to do in Ottawa this summer.

Everyone likes a little friendly competition and what better way to get it out of your system than with some friendly axe throwing together with your friends or as a great date idea.  That's exactly why after experiencing BATL Ottawa firsthand, Dating columnist Hannah Munshi recently ranked BATL as of her '15 Super Fun Ottawa Activities You Should Do If You Are In A Competitive Relationship'.

Our Ottawa location is run by an incredible team making guests feel welcome each day of the week at 2615 Lancaster Rd - whether safely in our throwing lanes, or relaxing with a cold beverage from our in-house bar.   Come out and see for yourself this summer why axe throwing at BATL is on all of the top lists for fun things to do in the Capital Region!

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Talented Axe Art in Ottawa

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General Ottawa

The Backyard Axe Throwing League has a long standing tradition of our league members adding a personal touch to their axes with custom artwork, and some are truly exceptional.  Whether a quick coat of spray paint to a colour of your choosing, or a detailed scene taking hours of attention to each detail, our axes are as colourful as our axe throwing league community.

For experts and beginners alike, our 8-week league seasons offer a welcoming and fun space to hang out each week and hone your skills while developing lasting friendships.  Whether looking to sign up on your own, or with others, we're happy to teach you everything you need to know about the sport of axe throwing.  Who knows, maybe you'll soon be able to compete head-to-head with the best players out there as part of the annual National Axe Throwing Championship ... and if not, at least you can show off your cool looking axe.


Staff Sunday with Tim from Pickering

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General Pickering

Meet Tim Roberts, from BATL Pickering in Durham Region. Tim's first experience at the Backyard Axe Throwing League was at a birthday party, and he enjoyed it so much that he joined our Pickering Monday Black axe throwing league - shortly after his Monday night D&D group got too busy with life. Almost two years later he’s still throwing in Monday Black, tying as many matches and playing the Space Jam soundtrack as much as possible while throwing. Oh, and of course he started working here somewhere along the way.

Outside of his love of axe throwing, Tim's biggest passions are loud music, Nintendo, dogs, and professional wrestling. Try saying "New Japan Pro Wrestling" near him and see how long it is until he shuts up.  What can we say?  He's passionate.  And he's part of the family  #batlstaffsunday

BATL Awarded Certificate of Excellence From TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence is awarded to select accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from TripAdvisor’s traveller community.  Considering how much fun is consistently had while throwing axes in our safe and comfortable environment, it's no surprise that the Backyard Axe Throwing League’s Toronto East location was awarded a 2017 Certificate of Excellence by our guests.  Feeding the city of Toronto’s axe throwing addiction in the Port Lands of Toronto for almost 4 years, BATL offers both locals and out of town visitors a fun and unique way to do something different with your friends, coworkers, or even by yourself!

Operating since 2006 and catering to adults only, BATL has been covered by national press and been featured as a top-rated activity venue by both local media, and our guests across Canada.  We’ve hosted countless birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorettes, friend outings, and companies ranging from major banks, law firms and software companies to local bars, car dealerships and neighbourhood restaurants.  Come and find out for yourself why axe throwing at BATL is constantly rated a top adult outing all across Canada!


Huang’s World Goes Axe Throwing

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General Toronto

Eddie Huang brought his VICELAND TV show "Huang's World" to the Backyard Axe Throwing League recently to try his hand at our favourite Canadian pastime - axe throwing, while visiting Toronto.  The segment airs Wednesday, July 5th, and you can check out the preview here.

When you do something for over 10 years, you’re bound to get noticed.  Especially when that something is axe throwing.  Naturally, BATL has been featured in countless articles and news segments over the years.  Global News, Vice Magazine, The Guardian – you name it, we’ve shown them how to throw an axe.  But that doesn't mean that you have to be famous to throw an axe.  BATL offers many ways to get involved with our sport - from our world-famous weekly leagues, to private group events and public walk in sessions.  Check out how Eddie Huang fared at axe throwing this Wednesday, then plan your outing at BATL!

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Axe Throwing During Calgary Stampede

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Calgary General

This year’s Calgary Stampede taking place from 7 – 16 July is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best yet - and the Backyard Axe Throwing League wants to be right there with you.  The entire city of Calgary is going to be abuzz in the weeks to come, and what better way to take a breather from the crowds at Stampede Park than to indulge in axe throwing with a cold beer?  BATL Calgary offers both private event bookings and weekly walk in axe throwing sessions for the entire duration of this year's Stampede.  Lasso some friends and head down to BATL Calgary!

The Backyard Axe Throwing League is the premier axe throwing facility in Alberta, located just 1 block west of Sunridge Mall near Deerfoot Trail & 16thAve. NE.  Our Calgary location is capable of hosting groups from 6 to as large as 150 people, and offers fully licensed bar and kitchen serving local beers, wine and coolers and as well as a delicious shareable food menu from Chef Chris Lorenz.  Whether you’re a local or just in town for a few days, check us out for the perfect activity to cap off Stampede 2017!

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Tickets to Summer Skills go on Sale Today

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General League

This year’s axe throwing Summer Skills competition is just around the corner, and will be taking place on Monday 4 September, at the Backyard Axe Throwing League’s Toronto West location in Galleria Mall.  This year’s event will also be sanctioned by the NATF, with Federation members travelling to compete from across Ontario and North America.

Tickets go on sale today at all BATL locations, with limited quantities available for both players and spectators.  Early bird pricing is $30 per person before 23 August, and $35 from 24 – 30 August, which will also include a meal ticket and admission to the concert scheduled to take place on-site after axe throwing is done.

Doors open at 1pm, with axe throwing Skills events starting at 2pm, including Blackjack, Doubles, Around the World and Yahtzee.  Full details and instructional videos for each Skills video can be found online at

BATL Skills Video

Canada 150 Celebrations With Axe Throwing

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General Ottawa

Ottawa is full of buzz this year, with Canada celebrating its 150th birthday at events all around the the Capital Region.  What better way to enjoy a truly Canadian pastime than axe throwing in the safe and comfortable environment provided by the Backyard Axe Throwing League?  BATL Ottawa runs 7 days a week, and offers private group events and weekly public walk in axe throwing sessions in addition to our weekly axe throwing leagues.

Located minutes from Highway 417 at the old Tommy & Lefebvre factory warehouse outlet near the Minto Skating Centre and Ottawa Athletic Club, BATL’s Ottawa venue is easily accessible from Gloucester, Nepean, Hull and Gatineau.  Our Ottawa location is capable of hosting groups from 6 to as large as 135 people, and offers a fully licensed bar and kitchen serving a selection of local beers, wine and coolers as well as a delicious shareable food menu prepared in partnership with Milano’s Pizzeria.