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Flight Archery

Flight archery is a competitive sport and recreational activity that involves shooting an arrow the furthest distance possible, using a bow for propulsion. General accuracy is not as significant in flight archery as other forms of archery, as the angle at which the bow is shot and the equipment that the archer uses are more important for achieving maximum distance. For example, specialized arrows are often made of lightweight material to reduce air resistance. Participants typically shoot six arrows over an expansive flat space before retrieving all of them and marking the longest distance. The participants who shoots the longest distance wins the competition.

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Archery has been used in warfare and hunting in numerous civilizations throughout history, though its widespread practice as a recreational activity is a more recent development. The first recorded tournament in Canada was at the Yorkville Archery Club in Toronto in 1864. In 1927, the Canadian Archery Association (later renamed the Federation of Canadian Archers) was formed as the governing body for archery in Canada.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Flight archery is organized informally in the GTA, and is practiced in wide-open outdoor spaces during warmer months.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Toronto Archery Club

Cultural Significance


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