As the home of the TSN Classic Bowl Championship, Classic Bowl sees its share of high-stakes bowling. Even during recreational matches, the alley’s shimmering lights reflect the competitive glint in bowlers’ eyes as they stare out at the polished surfaces of 60 lanes that span 70,000 square feet. The echoes of crashing pins resonate throughout this expansive space seven days a week and reach their zenith during cosmic bowling on weekends, when party lights set matches aglow and pins sway to the beats of popular tunes spun by a live DJ. In between games, recharge with food and drinks at a full-service bar or sharpen hand-eye rapport during button-smashing melees in the arcade. Experts at the on-site pro shop equip bowlers with gear, offer helpful advice for improving scores, and feed energy bars to the hamsters that thanklessly propel balls toward their targets.
Bowling balls trundle down Splitsville's 34 slick lanes as touchscreen scoring tracks each player's strikes and splits. At this interactive entertainment mecca, computer-controlled bumpers emerge automatically whenever players requesting them step up to bowl. Friday and Saturday night cosmic bowling sessions enhance frames with black lights and drop-down screens. More than 20 plasma screen televisions and five projectors over the lane enthrall players awaiting their turn. Further overhead, Splitville's lounge, The Loft, treats guests to two stonewalled fireplaces and an entertainment stage as they munch on the kitchen menu's pub eats. Splitsville also pits drivers against each other in a bumper car arena, lures gamers to more than 55 redemption and video games in the arcade, and baits pool sharks at the billiards table by dangling chum from cues.
In 2006, local Richmond Hill pin proprietors Marty and Russ took over Richmond Hill Pro Bowl's 32 lanes, renovating a few years later to trade an older lime-green scheme for more contemporary furniture and patterned lobby carpeting. As serious bowlers vie for supremacy on glossy 10-pin lanes and eight 5-pin lanes, bumpers allow kids to feel similar pin-toppling satisfaction. Select evenings bring cosmic bowling's glowing mixture of live DJ music and intergalactic atmospheres with blacklights. Marty and Russ add merriment to birthday parties inside a private room with packages including pizza and hot dogs, celebratory bowling, and ball returns that emit frosted cakes.
When Toronto native Thomas F. Ryan invented five-pin bowling in 1909, it caught on so quickly that soon Canadian geese began travelling in flying V formations to show their support for both the sport and the newly discovered concept of aerodynamics. And today, at Parkway Bowl, visitors can enjoy the game however they please, lacing up shoes on one of the 20 five-pin lanes or four hybrid lanes that toggle between five- and tenpin setups. Bowlers can also add bumpers to compensate for poor aim or attend glow-in-the-dark bowling sessions to compensate for poor outfit choices.
At Parkway Lanes, bowlers hurl balls down 40 lanes, reducing triangular formations to a pile of plastic rubble and tallying up victories with automatic scoring systems rather than sacks of beans. The lanes flare to life on Rock 'N Bowl nights, and a game room with pool tables buzzes with competition every night of the week. After games and between frames, athletes can replenish energy reserves with food and drinks doled out on site.
Computerized scoring tracks bowlers’ adventures on Streetsville Bowl’s 12 lanes, documenting their every victory or defeat over an opposing army of five pins. Optional bumpers can shift the battle's odds in players’ favor, preventing balls from rolling away into the gutter or off to pacifist colonies to exist alongside pins in harmony. During breaks from the action, players can refuel with snack-bar fare such as piping-hot mozzarella sticks, or man the joysticks at the onsite arcade.