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Axe-throwing facility opening in Kentville this fall

Work is underway on a HaliMac Axe Throwing facility that is expected to open in Kentville sometime in September.
Work is underway on a HaliMac Axe Throwing facility that is expected to open in Kentville sometime in September.

KENTVILLE - A cutting-edge pastime is coming to Kentville.

It’s like darts, but with axes.

“We have three lanes of axe-throwing fun,” said Paul MacInnis, co-owner of the new HaliMac Axe Throwing business coming to Kentville’s well-known Cornwallis Inn building.

“The staff will facilitate various games and competitions to (showcase) the fun part of the axe throwing.”

MacInnis, who is in the process of obtaining the permits necessary to serve local beer and wine in an on-site lounge, anticipates there will be a soft opening sometime in September.

The Windsor resident teamed up with his cousin, Adrian Beaton, to open an axe-throwing facility in St. John’s, Newfoundland about a year ago.

“It’s been super well received in St. John’s. I think what we’re the most surprised at, I suppose, is the number of corporate events that we’ve hosted,” he said, adding that hurling axes at a wooden target is a great way to unwind.

The duo felt that axe-throwing would make for a great entertainment option in the Annapolis Valley, and Kentville seemed like an obvious choice for the location considering its proximity to NSCC Kingstec, Acadia, the military base and several businesses.

“We’re very pleased to offer something new and unique to the Valley,” said MacInnis.

The facility will be available for rent by groups of two to 40 people, with safety instructions and throwing tips preceding each event.

“I really love the competitive aspect of it,” said MacInnis.

“It’s sort of like golf, but it’s a lot easier to be good at it.”

The 38-year-old has noticed that axe-throwing parties are more and more becoming viewed as a great option for birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette bashes, work socials, date nights and casual outings.

“People like to do it because it’s such a great social environment and it’s accessible to everybody,” he said.

“People just tend to have a fantastic time - every time.”

Cousins Paul MacInnis and Adrian Beaton are teaming up to open a HaliMacs Axe Throwing facility out of the Cornwallis Inn building in Kentville.

Follow the HaliMac Axe Throwing Facebook page for updates on when the new Kentville-based business will be open to the public.

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