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BRIDE ‘LUMBERJILLS’ WITH AN AXE TO GRIND; Axe throwing is the latest bachelorette party trend


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An increasing number of brides-to-be are choosing to add axe throwing to their bachelorette party itinerary.

This exhilarating group activity sees throwers hurling an axe down a lane in an attempt to hit a bullseye. An integral part of traditional lumberjack competitions, it seems women across the United States and Canada are keener than ever to unleash their inner ‘lumberjill’ ahead of their big day. And they don’t have to look far. More than 30 axe throwing venues now exist across North America, with 2018 seeing a flurry of new openings.

With roots firmly placed in Canada, axe throwing has long been an unspoken sport for loggers looking to pass the time while working in woodland. However, many people are unaware that axe throwing is now a serious sport with over 4000 league members in over 50 cities and 5 countries throwing axes competitively under the framework of the National Axe Federation (NATF).

Despite this, no prior throwing experience is needed to get started with this thrilling alternative to darts, and venues provide training and safety briefings – often with a flamboyant and edgy twist.  

As Whistler’s only indoor axe throwing venue, Forged Axe Throwing is just one location proving particularly popular with the ladies. Whistler is one of the top bachelorette party destinations in North America! 

“We’ve seen a huge increase in interest from bachelorette parties this year, with bookings overtaking their male counterparts. Brides-to-be are looking to do something different and totally memorable and nothing settles those pre-wedding jitters like hurling an axe at a bullseye” says James Anderson, owner of Forged. “It’s a great way to get your group chatting and competing with each other before a big night in the village. We’ve even had brides putting up pictures of their ex to the target!"

Group sessions typically cost between $450 and $1,499, and a list of axe throwing venues can be found here.

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