Explore Whistler | Axe Throwing Edition
Ever hurled an axe across a room? Want to? Whistler is home to Forged, a place dedicated to exactly that. At Whistler’s only axe throwing venue, you’ll have the opportunity to lob hefty blades into targets, learn trick shots and understand how to safely enjoy this rapidly-growing sport.
Forged welcomes all visitors no matter your experience, so if you’re a first-timer or an experienced timber veteran you’ve got no excuse but to put Whistler axe throwing at the top of your Canadian itinerary. It’s time to grab an axe and partake in this amazing indoor activity!
Top 5 Reasons to Throw an Axe
- Not Your Standard Holiday Activity
Whistler is a town jam-packed with endless opportunities for adventure – it’s common knowledge that you can ski, snowboard, hike and bike here, but why not try something different on your Whistler vacation. We’re sure you agree that axe throwing is a pretty unique activity, so don’t leave without visiting Whistler’s only indoor axe throwing venue. It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to discover your inner lumberjack!
- The Perfect Activity For A Rainy Day
You’ve arrived in Whistler, hoping to spend the day at the lake but alas, the heavens have opened. Fear not! One of our favourite ways to spend a rainy afternoon in this town is at Forged. This Whistler axe throwing venue is indoors, so it’s the perfect place to pop in and stick a bullseye while you shelter from the wet weather.
- Social and Fun for Everyone!
Hurtling axes at Forged is Whistler #1 rated group activity. Drop in for an hour with some pals (up to five people can play on each lane) or hire the entire venue and hold a tournament for 110 people! Axe throwing is a great way to keep the whole family entertained as well. As long as your kids are over 10 years old, they can join in and learn a new skill.
- A Truly Canadian Experience
A plaid shirt is your staple item of clothing, Caesars are your drink of choice, and maple syrup is your preferred condiment. But can you call yourself a true Canadian if you haven’t tried your hand at axe throwing? It’s time to unleash the tree feller in you and fully embrace being in the land of the lumberjack. Along with axe throwing, check out our other favourite ways to get your ‘Canada on’ in Whistler!
- A Great Excuse To Visit Function Junction
Function Junction (the location of Forged), just a short drive south of Whistler, is often dismissed by short-term visitors as an industrial part of town that isn’t worth visiting. Locals love this because it keeps this artistic neck of the woods under the radar and helps Function Junction to retain its eclectic and laid-back vibes. If you want to experience Whistler like a local, visit Function Junction, throw an axe and check out the rest that this neighbourhood has to offer.
What to Expect At Forged Axe Throwing
On a trip deep into BC’s backcountry, a group of Whistler locals realized that throwing axes at could become something much more than simply a way to pass the time in the forest. The concept of Forged Axe Throwing was born in 2017, and today it is ranked #1 on TripAdvisor for Fun and Games in Whistler. You might not be aware that axe throwing is a legitimate sport and it has taken off in Canada over the past few years! So what’s all the fuss about? Head down to Forged, a short 12-minute drive from Whistler Village, and experience Whistler axe throwing for yourself.
Forged Axe Throwing welcomes first-timers and experienced lumberjacks alike. No experience is necessary and the action-packed sessions will teach you the basics of how to throw an axe. Once you’ve got the hang of it, learn the trick shots and try to stick those bullseyes!
The easiest and most popular way to enjoy Whistler axe throwing is with a 1-hour play. $37 per person ($39 on Saturdays) gets you an hour on a lane (up to five people per lane), where you will be taught the safety basics by the venue’s experienced coaches. They’ll get you hurtling one-handed throws, two-handed throws and then introduce your group to some exciting games that will get your blood pumping and the competition flying. Your coach will hold a showdown at the end of the session to determine the axe throwing champion!
Forged is open 7 days a week:
- Saturday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
While you’re welcome to drop-in and try your luck at Forged, do be aware that this place is popular, and can sometimes be fully booked. We recommend booking your spot in advance before you drive down to Function Junction to make sure there’s space.
Coming with a big crew? Forged offers 2.5-hour group parties, where you’ll have access to all four lanes and have the place to yourselves. This option is great for parties of 21 to 60 people, and you can enjoy this deal for $44 per person. Throw a tournament and watch as the competition quickly ramps up! If you’re looking to throw a full-on party for up to 110 people, Forged also offer an epic 3-hour venue buyout package for $2499. Bring a crowd of family, friends, work colleagues, bachelors, bachelorettes, or just invite a load of strangers to come and enjoy the fun!
How To Get There
Whistler axe throwing can be enjoyed just a short drive from the village. By car, travel south on the Sea to Sky Highway for 12 minutes and you’ll see a sign for Function Junction. Turn right and Forged is located a little way along the main stretch of road. There are 12 spots for you to park.
If you want to enjoy some cold ones at one of the breweries after hitting a few bullseyes opt for public transport instead. From the village, Function Junction is easily reached by bus. Hop on the number 20, 20X or 10. This simple journey will take around 20 minutes (quicker if you jump on the 20X or 10), and you’ll need $2.50 in change. Or if you’re feeling sprightly, why not take a scenic pedal along the valley trail?
Still Got Questions About Axe Throwing?
Are kids allowed?
- Kids are more than welcome to join in the fun, as long as they’re over 10 years old.
- Any children under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian (no nipping off to the brewery while the kids throw axes!).
I’m hungry! Does Forged sell food?
- You can grab a light snack at Forged (chips, chocolate and the like) but if you’ve built up an appetite for a full meal read on below to learn about our top places to eat nearby.
Can I drink beer at Forged?
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on site. But do not worry! Forged is located right next to Coast Mountain Brewery, a fantastic place to quench your thirst after some thrilling axe action.
What should I wear to throw axes?
- There’s no dress code, except closed-toed shoes.
Make a Day Trip to Function Junction
Despite its false reputation of being an industrial part of town with little to explore, Function Junction is a lively and artistic hidden gem of Whistler. It’s a secret that the locals don’t want you to know about – a neighbourhood where people come to enjoy a craft beer at the two breweries, throw an axe, visit boutique shops and grab a bite to eat away from the tourist mobs in the main village. If you want to experience Whistler like a true local and get a glimpse of the type of place this town used to be, then come down and check it out.
After an exhilarating round of Whisler axe throwing, you’re bound to have built up an appetite. There’s a whole host of places to devour a meal in Function. Here are a few of our favourites:
- Functional Pie: This recently-opened pizzeria serves up some of the best pizzas in Whistler. Their Detroit pan style pizzas are crafted with only the highest quality ingredients, and you can sure tell that when you bite into them. They’re open from 12 pm to 8 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, so pop down and give your taste buds a treat. Either sit in or grab a takeaway box and go eat your slices at Coast Mountain Brewing with a craft beer!
- Purebread: If you’re craving a delectable sweet treat, head straight to Purebread. This family bakery was established in Whistler, quickly made a name for itself and expanded to Vancouver. Your eyes will pop and your mouth will water when you see the number of sweet and savoury baked goods that they have on offer. From dense, gooey brownies to heavenly pies, carrot whoopie cookies to meringues and macaroons, you’ll have a tough time deciding what to gobble up first.
- 200 Degrees: Sink your teeth into some goodies at this local bakery and coffee shop. This small establishment serves up a delicious assortment of pastries, sandwiches, muffins, pizza slices and more. We love this place for a light lunch or a snack-on-the-go – from fruit pies to filling-laden sandwiches you’ll find something to take your fancy. Grab a bite to go, or enjoy your food at one of the outdoor tables on a sunny afternoon.
You’ve managed to beat all of your friends in a Whistler axe throwing tournament. You want to celebrate over a cold pint. You’re in the right place! The craft beer scene has been booming in British Columbia for a good few years now, and Whistler isn’t lagging behind the trend. We’ve got two great breweries in our town, Coast Mountain Brewing and Whistler Brewing, and both are located in Function Junction.
- Coast Mountain Brewing: Coast Mountain jumped on the budding craft beer bandwagon in 2016 and has been delivering flavourful, innovative beers from the moment it opened its doors. Their divine beers are packed full of flavour and each is distinct. We love the Surveyor, their signature IPA at 7% ABV. Sit outside in the courtyard on a summer’s day, or sip on your drink in their cosy, relaxed tasting room when the weather is less pleasant.
- Whistler Brewing: This place has been serving up solid craft beers since 1989. They’re 100% BC owned and 100% BC brewed, and they continue to devise delicious and seasonal winners year on year. We’re a big fan of their Grapefruit Ale, a summer staple. If you’re peckish, you can also eat here. They’ve got a large choice of dishes to choose from, including nachos, pizzas and quesadillas.
Whistler axe throwing has got to be up there on your Canadian activity bucket list. Don your plaid shirt, grab an axe and get embrace your competitive spirit! The experienced axe throwing gurus at Forged will make sure this is an experience you won’t forget. With dedicated lanes and non-stop play, there are few better ways to spend an hour in Whistler! So give Forged a visit, learn a new sport or sharpen your axe throwing skills. Think you can hit the bullseye?