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Torontonian creates curling rink in his backyard

The flooded-yard skating rink is a time-honoured Canadian tradition - but how about a curling rink? This past winter, Zack Sandor-Kerr took a look at the long, skinny backyard behind his Junction row house, and saw a golden opportunity.

While the 10-foot by 30-foot space wasn't quite enough to skate on, he says, it had the perfect dimensions for Canada's other favourite ice-related pastime (albeit at 1/5 the size of a regular curling arena).

After a "few months of planning and countless hours of standing outside, flooding and pebbling in sub-zero temperatures," Sandor-Kerr says, the rink is finally rock-ready, complete with house markings.

He built his own stones, strung up Christmas lights overhead for night games, and he's even hosting a miniature charity tournament (which he dubs the "Junction Backyard Bonspiel") this weekend for friends and family. What have you done with your winter, huh?

Photo courtesy Zack Sandor-Kerr.


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