Shooting bow and arrow is a skill that can be traced back approximately 64,000 years. This primitive skill played a major role in our species' survival and enabled human beings to excel at hunting and become the apex predators we are today. Over time the traditional bow and arrow (longbow or recurve bow) has modernized (compound bow) and is enjoyed worldwide through shooting sports and hunting.
Archery on Cape Breton Island began with the Mi'kmaq people who hunted for survival in the same area that Highland Bow & Arrow exists today. In keeping with the tradition of our history, I am proud to offer recurve and some longbow options, as well as the guidance toward the proper form and stance to safely shoot archery. 3D targets are included at the range to help inform people of ethical hunting practices. Take a tour through the woods! Really learn what it is like to be in a hunters shoes.
Who can shoot archery?
<< This woman is 87! There is a bow for everyone at Highland Bow & Arrow.
The best part of archery is that whole families can participate together, including the grandparents. Various draw weights (the weight you pull when drawing the bow string) are available to suit the needs of the shooter. Ages 7 and up are recommended.
Is archery accessible to everyone?
<< This lovely lady had one session at the range and found her groove with her own bow and took it home with her. The site is accessible. I have a washroom on site that can be accessible for those who can move from a wheelchair and up a step.
There are archers with no arms, blind archers, and many archers shooting from wheelchairs. There are no limits. If you prefer to watch, there are more than enough places to choose from, including a fire pit and outdoor kitchen.
Is there instruction?
Yes! Not only do you get the proper instruction, you get a chance to hone the skill and enjoy the sport.
Jay (owner/instructor) will guide you as you shoot and adjust your technique as needed throughout the hour. If you are shooting on the 3D trail, you start on the range and are toured through and given pointers.
What can I shoot at Highland Bow?
You’ve got your basic range targets which are at varying distances - the majority of which are stuffed to the gills with 100% recycled plastic. There are always long distance and 3D target options on the range. Specialty shoots happen all the time!
There are also 3D targets you can check out here. This is an amazing archery experience that starts on the range and ends up in the woods for a well spent couple of hours in the woods with friends or co-workers. This is the closest you are going to get to hunting in the highlands with a bow on your trip to Cape Breton!