By: Lesley

Feb 03 2011

Category: SIGNS, Toronto


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Across the street from Peek Freans, of last week’s sign, one can escape the snow and enjoy a game of 5-pin bowling. This is a Canadian tradition in spite of the American spelling of ‘center’. Click on the link above for information on its history and how it differs from 10-pin. (For instance, the balls are smaller and don’t have finger holes.)

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10 comments on “5-pin”

  1. I’m suspicious of the spelling of “centre.” I bet the place isn’t owned by a Canadian. (Only kidding!)

  2. The sign was manufactured in USA:)?

  3. How great a place it seems to be. Probably two decades since last I thougth of Bowling. Thank you for the memories. Please have a good Thursday.

    daily athens

  4. I used to go here when I was a kid, but it has been years. and that sign has not changed in 50+ years.

  5. Can’t really remember when I last went bowling, but I love the sign!

    And I have to ask: what’s the canadian spelling of “center”? 🙂

  6. This is a huge billboard! I have not played bowling in over 20 years!

  7. we also play bowling during rainy months but have’t tried the 5-pin and i suck at this game.:p

    5-pin centre—is it still the same if used as a “centre of controversy”?

  8. A well-weathered sign! I did not even know there was a 5 pin game of bowling! Very interesting!

  9. Who needs 10 pins when you can do with five, and a smaller ball. If the fun you have is the same. Isn’t there a message here ? Cut down needs.

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