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Pétanque – A classic game that keeps the fun rolling at Sherkston

September 14, 2017

By Darren Arcaro

For nearly 30 years, Sherkston Shores has been the ultimate location for summer vacations and getaways with friends and family. While the resort has changed over time, one thing has stayed the same, our seasonal owner’s love of the game Pétanque.

Originating in France, pétanque (pronounced Pay-tonk) or some call ‘Boules’ or ‘Playaboule’, gained popularity throughout the world in the mid-1920s and has remained a staple at Sherkston Shores since it opened in 1989.

The goal of the game is to toss or roll hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet or jack, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground. After both teams have thrown all their balls, the team with the ball closest to the jack wins that round or “end”. The winning team scores one point for each of its balls that is closer than the opposing team’s closest ball. As the game progresses, each team accumulates points until one team reached 13. Some may say it’s the French version of the Italian bowling game of “Bocce” but The difference is right there: traditional bocce is more of a bowling game, whereas petanque is more of a tossing game, like horseshoes.

Sherkston owners of all ages can enjoy their favourite game on five brand new courts (August 2017) located at the top of the Quarry; next to Oasis Lounge. Owners can use these courts at their leisure (just remember to bring your own balls) or they can join in the pétanque league, which is run by owners for owners. The league operates on a drop-in basis and runs on Friday nights and Saturday and Sunday mornings. Never played before? No problem - players of all skill sets are welcome to join in the fun.

Whether you are new to Sherkston or you have been here since we first opened our doors, we hope you take the time to participate in one of our oldest and most beloved traditions, pétanque.

Sherkston Shores RV Resort is a family beach resort & campground located in the Niagara Peninsula on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie. Our resort offers 560 acres of varied landscapes, topped off with two and a half miles of sandy beachfront. We offer an abundance of family recreational amenities including pools, hot tubs, water slides, a variety of outdoor games and an interactive Family Fun Zone with arcade.

Still seeking that perfect Fall getaway with the family? Save 30% off your Fall stay this season here at the beach. During this very special time of year, you can take advantage of fall festivals, visit award winning wineries and vineyards, explore hiking and biking trails, cozy up to an evening campfire, enjoy the colourful Fall foliage, or take in the Fall smells of pumpkin pie, apple crisp and so much more.

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