As Canadian as … Crokinole!


The British may have darts, and the Americans may have shut-the-box, but we Canadians can lay claim to our own original table-top game — crokinole!

Crokinole was invented in nineteenth-century rural Ontario by a gentleman named Eckhardt Wettlaufer. The word “crokinole” is believed to be derived from the French word “croquignole”, meaning a small crunchy pastry or biscuit.

The game is played upon a horizontal circular wooden board marked with concentric rings (rather like a darts board), worth 5, 10, and 15 points respectively. The innermost ring is actually a shallow hole in the very centre, worth 20 points, and guarded by a series of eight evenly-spaced pegs round the perimeter of the 15 ring. Players shoot small wooden disks by flicking them with thumb and middle finger from the board’s edge in the player’s own quadrant, trying to remove opponent’s disks from the board and to position their own — ideally in the centre hole.

A sturdy folk favourite played for generations, crokinole is just as much fun today as it was for our snowbound ancestors. Like euchre, tarte au sucre, Timbits, and Hudson’s Bay blankets, crokinole is a great Canadian tradition.

Not exactly as shown — we are bringing in the 3-in-1 Crokinole (includes chess and backgammon boards on reverse) for the same price as the 2-in-1. Great deal!

CAD$44.99 In stock now.

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  1. Pingback: Crokinole Boards are Back! « Scalliwag Toys

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