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Canadian winter fun: Build your own ice bowling alley

Updated on February 11, 2012

Winter is more than just ice hockey and skiing. There are many ways to escape the winter blues, and you don’t have to be sporty to organize an ice bowling tournament. All you need is a bit of initiative and creativity. So what are you waiting for? Dress up warmly, get outside and have fun.

What you need

  • 10 wooden pins, approx. 30 cms / 1 foot in length (e.g. cut up fence poles)
  • 4 Bocce balls
  • A snow covered frozen body of water e.g. frozen lake or pond (make sure it's safe). Alternatively, a snow covered parking lot will do
  • A shovel to clear the snow
  • A couple of good friends and a few drinks

With a shovel clear a space of approx. 8 x 1.5 metres / 25 ft x 5 ft


Build a wall of snow at the end of the bowling alley to prevent the balls from rolling too far. Arrange 10 pins in rows of 4, 3, 2 and 1.


With 4 bocce balls try to hit as many pins as possible. (Basically, you can make your own rules, the essence is that you have fun)


After each round, put all pins back up again (keeps you fit & warm)

Make sure you don't get thirsty. ... and the best thing, in Winter your drinks will stay nice and cold.


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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Wow, What fun! Can I come for a visit?

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      novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Cat: Sure, we can always use some new players. Our ice bowling alley is getting rained out right now but by next week it should be up and running again.

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      Sarah 5 years ago from Washington

      It looks fun! Have you ever tried curling?

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      novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Sarmack, yes I've tried curling. A lot of fun but the equipment is rather expensive. Actually, when we built the ice bowling alley last week, we intended to try out brick curling. The idea was to slide bricks over the ice. However, this didn't work as the ice wasn't slippery enough. So we changed to ice bowling instead.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      My kinda fun!!! Must keep it in mind when snow hits Dublin again!!! Lovely hub novascotiamiss well done!!

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      novascotiamiss 4 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Suzie HQ: I must admit it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately the bowling alley is closed for summer. It's been converted to a huge pool....

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