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Recreational axe throwing has arrived in the Okanagan

A new store, range and training facility in Kelowna teaches axe throwing.
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December 05, 2016 - 9:00 PM

KELOWNA – A new business opened in Kelowna over the weekend that teaches you how to throw an axe like a medieval warrior.

Axe Monkeys opened on Sexsmith Road Dec. 2. Owner Dave Calhoun from Edmonton describes it as bowling but more fun.

“It looks awesome,” he says. “Kelowna is a tourist destination so we thought it would be a perfect place to open our first store.”

The sport is already popular in Alberta, he says, and Calhoun and his investors are working on opening their second in Las Vegas.

“We came to Kelowna first because I have friends in the area that are tired of bowling,” he says. “Edmonton now has four of them, Calgary has three, Winnipeg has two and there is one in Surrey.”

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Two hours of throwing at their specially-designed range costs around $40, with discounts for kids and emergency workers. There are several different types of axes available and training is always included.

“When you throw the axe it goes one full rotation and that’s why women and kids are really good at it,” he says. “It’s not about strength. There’s definitely a technique to it.”

Customers can choose to throw tomahawks, double headed axes, combat axes and more at painted logs.

“It’s a hell of a workout,” he says. “People come in and about half way through they can feel it through their whole body.”

Aside from the physical aspect Calhoun says some people use it as a form of therapy.

“Our divorce parties are really popular,” he says. “You come in and you paint a picture of your ex and throw an axe at it.”

For more information visit the Axe Monkeys Kelowna Facebook page or website.

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