The snow has melted, the birds are chirping, and summer is fast approaching in the large urban metropolis of London, Ontario. London lies at the junction of Highway 401 and 402, connecting it to Toronto, Windsor and Sarnia. It also has an international airport and train and bus stations. Situated in southwestern Ontario along the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor, London is a regional centre of healthcare and education, being home to the University of Western Ontario (which brands itself “Western University”), Fanshawe College, and several hospitals (including a University Hospital). The city is also a cultural hub, hosting a number of musical and artistic exhibits and festivals, which contribute to its tourism industry.
When people talk about visiting London, you may be thinking about London, England but you really should be thinking about Ontario’s London. It has so many things to do and because it is the home of a major university (Western University), there is youthful energy around the city that makes it feel like a happening place. It is also a hub of great festivals, so if you’re looking for things to do when visiting London this summer look no further – BATL London has got you covered.
Plan A Trip To BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League
BATL London delivers over 7000 square feet of axe throwing in the heart of space Lambton, Elgin, Chatham-Kent, and Essex counties. Our London location is 10 minutes from Budweiser Gardens, and can host parties from 2 – 100 people. While you’re axe throwing, BATL London offers a fully licensed bar and kitchen serving a selection of local beers, wine and coolers as well as a delicious shareable food menu in partnership with Italian House Pizzeria and Wich and Wich – meaning you and your friends can focus on axe throwing and let us deal with the details.
While a trip to an indoor axe throwing range might not seem like your classic summer activity, there are bound to be some days that the weather doesn’t cooperate and a trip indoors is your only option. A visit to BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League is sure to keep you and your friends entertained and leave a lasting impression. Located conveniently in trendy East London, BATL is easily accessible from just about anywhere in southwestern Ontario.
The Backyard Axe Throwing League pioneered the sport of urban axe throwing back in 2006, so it’s no surprise that we’re the best at what we do. Our weekly league play is what made us famous, but each of our 15 locations across North America offers other ways to get involved with axe throwing. Our private event group bookings are offered for groups of 2 and up and are perfectly suited for any occasion – adult birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate team building, or just a summer outing with friends. Private event bookings include one on one coaching from our expert staff, followed by a round-robin tournament and playoff. If you’re looking to get involved in our sport with less commitment, BATL also offers weekly public walk-in sessions with no advance booking required; just show up and hone your skill! BATL London offers a fully licensed bar and food menu, meaning all you have to worry about is throwing axes! Make sure to stop at BATL for some axe throwing next time you’re in London!
If you’re looking for a more immersive experience, try joining an axe throwing league. BATL London’s axe throwing leagues run for 8 weeks, completely under the guidance of our resident axe gurus. Each season consists of round-robin style tournament play, where you’ll throw 28 games against other people in the league, culminating in a top 16 double elimination playoff on week 8. Our leagues are suitable for people of all skill levels, with staff on hand at all times ready to give you tips and tricks to make sure that you’re hitting the bullseye. League play falls under the National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) umbrella, the worlds foremost governing body of the sport of axe throwing (of which BATL is a founding member). Being part of the NATF also gives you access to the most advanced statistic tracking in the sport of urban axe throwing.
Other Top Summer Activities In London, Ontario
Head To A Festival
With a combination of a big city and small town auras, London festivals are always a blast. Spend a day experiencing new things, whether culinary, musical, or creative. The Home County Music & Art Festival has spent 40 years becoming a premier Canadian music, art, and food festival with some of Canada’s best-emerging artists. If you’re feeling some Spanish flair, plan a visit to Fiesta London! – the London Mexican Festival.
Sample World Class Food
London has a couple of special food events that are worth attending. London Ribfest has 100 food booths, a beer garden, and rides. The farmers’ markets in London are spectacular. Open every Saturday, the Western Fair Farmers’ and Artisans Market, located downtown, is the place for chefs, cooks, and foodies alike looking for artisanal products for their creations.
Take A Brewery Tour
Canada’s largest brewery (Labatt) has its headquarters in London, with tours of the brewery are available all year. There are also a few smaller breweries in London that offer tours, like the family-run Anderson Craft Ales and the Toboggan Brewing Company. If you would prefer to tour a non-alcoholic brewery, visit Booch Organic Kombucha.
Make the most out of this summer in London, Ontario – and stop by BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League in London!