backyard curling toronto

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.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Sports & Play

Raptors fans express concern after positive COVID-19 tests postpone game

Kyle Lowry finds buyer for his Toronto home as future with Raptors grows uncertain

Toronto triathlete is trying to run every street in the city

Toronto Blue Jays fans furious after Sportsnet says it's ending radio broadcasts of games

Nick Nurse and other members of Toronto Raptors coaching staff to miss game

This is what ski hills in Ontario were like the first week of reopening

Toronto is getting a massive wellness club with an ice room and Himalayan salt lounge

Toronto musician goes viral on TikTok for lake surfing in freezing weather