It came as one shock to me that E.T. Seton Park - yes, the park that includes the city's public archery range - is a deliciously relevantly named place for us archers, and with a touch of lurid backstory.
As I can never remember what distances the targets are set at, and I sort of never believe other people know, I was googling around and in the myriad tangential sites that didn't answer my question my eye caught something noteworthy. A link to the text of a kids' book by Seton. Specifically, an instructional book strung together with an old-timey, Boy's-Own-style narrative. Super-fun.
Ahem: Two Little Savages, Being the Adventures of Two Boys Who Lived as Indians and What They Learned. (I'm not too worried about giving a spoiler here: it includes ARCHERY! The illustration there is one of his from the book.)
From the bad old days before political correctness, eh? But. That was another time and it would seem Seton, otherwise known as 'Black Wolf', was an early and ardent activist for First Nations' rights, as well as being an author/illustrator/painter/naturalist/co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America/builder of his OWN FREAKIN' CASTLE in New Mexico. (Side note: Lady Mary Pellatt lived in a castle her husband built - another Toronto archery venue - Casa Loma, and was in on the founding of the Girl Guides in Canada. Coincidence?)
The Boy Scouts thing didn't exactly work out for him. Seton was more into 'living like an Indian' than they were really down with. He split and formed his own club, The Woodcraft League, and while clearly it didn't catch on the same way, it was co-ed and for all ages. Because adults like to play, too. (My friend Kerry suggests we are in fact better at it than kids. So there.) As you can see at the Seton archery range all the freakin' time.
Hi to a new local archery blog, by the way! Take a look at bigbadwoolfe's stuff: http://torontoarcher.blogspot.ca.