Hello and welcome to ARCHERY TORONTO, your one-stop guide to Archery in Toronto and the GTA.
Here you will find all the information to begin doing archery in Toronto, where to do archery, where to buy archery equipment, where to get archery lessons, the laws, rules and etiquette governing archery, a list of archery clubs in Toronto, recommendations for archery blogs in Toronto, and even local Toronto archery news. If you have any questions please read the corresponding section or check our Frequently Asked Questions page.
So bring your bow and lets shoot some arrows!
Please observe ALL of the archery range rules when visiting the Toronto Archery Range. It is also advised that all archers follow proper etiquette and behave responsibly at the archery range. When in doubt, follow common sense.
ARCHERY NEWS IN TORONTO
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April 24th 2017
Some good news, some bad news. As announced back on February 10th, Tent City Outfitters is going out of business. Tent City is a favourite amongst many local archers in Toronto, and we are disappointed to hear of this.
- The Bad News - Two months and two weeks later, Tent City has almost no archery supplies left. So it will be slim pickings if you show up expecting to be stocking up on archery supplies - although they certainly have lots of unsold camping inventory.
- The Good News - Tent City is in the process of rethinking and retooling their business model in an effort to make themselves more viable. This means they might be dropping various departments and focusing on departments that are more profitable - which could mean the archery department either gets dropped or expanded.
So they are not gone completely, but people will just have to wait and see what happens. We hope that Tent City pulls through this and comes out stronger than before, with the archery department renewed and revigorated.
April 14th 2017
The Thorncliffe entrance to the Overlea Parking Lot (the one shaped like a doughnut) is now open for the season.
The bathroom/water fountain near the Overlea Parking Lot should be operational by mid or late May. Until then people visiting the Toronto Archery Range will have to do their business in the bushes. We also recommend bringing drinks / snacks.
April 9th 2017
New flags are now up at the Toronto Archery Range. They were donated by a local archer. Having flags at various distances is handy for trying to more accurately predict how much to adjust your aim for wind conditions - and this has been an extremely windy Spring thus far.
Hot Tip: Don't adjust your shot based on the wind that is behind the target - that is useless because the wind conditions behind the target might be different from the wind in front of it. Instead look at the flags which are closest to the half way point for the distance you are shooting at, therefore you are hopefully judging the average wind conditions for the distance between you and the target - which should make for a more accurate shot.
March 24th 2017
We have begun to build a new section to the ArcheryToronto.ca website: Tourism. So far we just have a listing for Montreal, but we hope to be adding locations progressively throughout the year. (For example we will likely be adding a page about the Niagara Archery Range once they are up and running.)
The Toronto Archery Range is very welcoming for tourists, however visitors to Toronto don't always remember to bring their equipment with them. One of the local archer's is working on a solution however: Archery Equipment Rentals. For now we recommend tourists coming to Toronto who want to do archery to consider archery lessons instead, but by August 2017 we expect to have equipment rentals available as a viable option.
If you are planning to visit Toronto in August 2017 or thereafter, and you are interested in renting equipment, email us and we shall pass your contact info on.
March 17th 2017
All fourteen (yes, 14) target butts were replaced today. Compound bow shooters beware, your arrows may get stuck easily.
March 14th 2017
The Niagara Archery Club has reached a deal with the City of Niagara to lease 25 hectares of land the group wants to use for archery ranges and a public park. The deal involves rezoning the land and the Niagara Archery Club is footing the bill to do the following:
- Adding a paved parking lot.
- Installing a stationary archery range.
- Creating a walkable 3D archery range using the existing trails on the land.
- Removing trees in parts of the park and planting new trees in other areas.
The only costs to the city are the rezoning. Everything else is being paid for by the Niagara Archery Club. Wetlands on the land will also be protected for future generations to enjoy. An environmental impact study was completed, which stated the use as an archery range would not "adversely impact the natural heritage features and habitat on the lands."
1 hectare is an area equal to 100 meters by 100 meters. So 25 hectares is an area the size of 500 meters x 500 meters. In comparison the field for the Toronto Archery Range is only about 1.3 hectares in size, measuring approx. 100 meters wide by 130 meters long (not including the trees at the far end of the range or on the north side of the range).
For Toronto and GTA archers this means a potential new place to visit and possibly do some 3D archery. We look forward to seeing the results and wish the Niagara Archery Club all the best in their endeavours to grow the sport.
March 11th 2017
Updated the Frequently Asked Questions page today.
If you spot any questions you think we are missing on the FAQ page, please email us and ask your question.
March 8th 2017
The State of the Toronto Archery Range
Two of the 20 yard targets are in decent condition. Three are in need of repair.
Two of the 30 yard targets are in need of repair.
One of the 50 yard targets are in decent condition. One is in need of repair.
The 60 yard target is in decent condition.
Two of the 70 yard targets are in decent condition. Two are less so, but not in immediate need of repair.
The ground is currently very muddy. People going to the range are advised to wear boots or Wellingtons.
One of the safety rules/by-law signs is close to falling over and should be reinforced around the base.
The washrooms near the Overlea Parking Lot are currently closed. We don't expect them to be open until approx. the May Long Weekend.
A larger version of the range photograph from March 8th 2017 is available.
February 15th 2017
We have updated and moved all remaining 2016 Archery News items to our Archery News Archive.
The biggest news item of 2016 of course was the Triple Homicide in Scarborough. Accused murderer Brett Ryan (also known as the Fake Beard Bandit) is believed to have strangled his mother to death and stabbed his two brothers in the neck with a crossbow bolt / broadhead. Investigators do not believe any crossbow was used in the murders as the wounds were too shallow, suggesting the crossbow bolt was a weapon of convenience and the murderer used them in the same manner someone might use an axe, knife or other handheld weapon.
At the time people in the public / media speculated about why crossbows can be purchased without needing a license. For the same reason why people don't need a license to use an axe, knife or any other possible murder weapon excluding firearms. The crossbow is just a tool, for hunting or recreational shooting. As a murder weapon, it is really rare for it to be used as such. In the above incident, the crossbow was not used at all, and the crossbow bolt just happened to be there when the accused made the decision to stab two members of his family and strangle his mother.
Our condolences and sympathies go out to the loved ones of the victims.
February 14th 2017
Updated the PDFs section of ArcheryToronto.ca today. We recommend checking out:
Arrow Speed and Kinetic Energy [PDF]
The History of Gambling in Archery [HTML]
Archery Gambling Games [HTML]
The Myth of Zen in the Art of Archery [PDF]
February 10th 2017
Sad news, Tent City Outfitters - one of the best places in Toronto to buy archery equipment - is closing. The company had a roof fire, followed by expensive repairs, and has since ran into financial troubles.
All of their remaining stock of archery equipment, camping equipment, hiking gear, etc is being sold off at 20% to 50% off their already low prices. So if you are looking for new equipment for 2017, now is a good opportunity to stock up.
Address: 1600 Steeles W, Concord, ON L4K 4M2
Phone: (905) 660-6885
Monday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
We wish the staff at Tent City all the best. They will be sorely missed.
January 19th 2017
We have been receiving requests for information about Mounted Archery Lessons / Horseback Archery Lessons, including one request for Yabusame (Japanese style mounted archery). There are scant few places that offer mounted archery, that much is certain. We do have some recommendations however.
#1. We strongly advise that people looking to get into mounted archery to first learn how to ride a horse. Don't try to learn how to ride AND try to learn horseback archery at the same time. That is just plain dangerous. Learn to ride first. You will then also have to learn how to control the horse with just your legs - because your hands will be busy, and that means you will need to learn more advanced riding skills. Expect to spending between $25 to $100 per hour on riding lessons.
#2. Understand the financial costs of owning a horse. Yes, you can get riding lessons without owning a horse, but if your goal is to eventually own a horse and do mounted archery, you should really understand how expensive owning a horse is. Along with stabling, feed, veternarian costs, etc.
#3. Where will you end up practicing mounted archery? You should come up with a plan for that. Not every horse stables/ranch is going to be okay with you doing archery there and treating the place like your own private archery range. You will need to find a place that allows such things.
If people have any information about places in Canada that offer mounted archery then we invite you to email us the details and we will share it here with others - possibly even creating a database of locations that teach both horse riding lessons and mounted archery.
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