There is a new game in TOwn. This winter Stackt Market, the shipping container market located at Bathurst and Front streets, opened Toronto’s first Crokicurl rink, an outdoor game where crokinole and curling collide.
I’ve been wanting to try this out ever since I’ve seen photos of the games in other cities like in downtown Saskatoon and the Forks in Winnipeg. For the T.O. version, the curling ‘rocks’ are adapted to be less heavy and players throw them from outside of a raised rink. Very civilized and fairly easy for kids to participate.
We tried it out one night for dad in TOw’s birthday then brought the kids and grandparents for weekend mid-afternoon game. The rink accommodates up to four teams (that can between 1-6 players each team) so it great for small or big family-friendly or adults-only gathering. It’s located outside the Belgian Moon Brewery. Inside, Scully’s has a small menu and outside Conspiracy Pizza is serving wood-fired pizzas. On our recent visit, there were two ping-pong tables set up and Jenga. The kids were thoroughly entertained.
Getting there: Stackt is located at 28 Bathurst St. There are paid parking lots on-site and near by. On TCC, accessible on the Bathurst or King St. streetcars.
Low-down: The Crokicurl is open Thursday evenings and weekends by reservation. Walk-ups are available if there is an open slot. One-hour time slots are $71.86 – this includes a Stackt staff member to explain the rules, keep score and clear the rocks. The booking also includes four pretzels.