Swing into Spring

You’re climbing from tree to tree on hammock ropes, Tarzan lines and balance logs before ziplining through the forest or across a lake.

It’s all part of the excitement at Treetop Trekking, Ontario’s largest aerial adventure company offering a variety of packages at four locations with a fifth site set to swing into action this June.

“The great thing about Treetop Trekking is that anyone can do it, you don’t need any special training or skills before you arrive,” says Mike Stiell, Marketing Manager for the company which opened its first adventure park in Quebec in 2002 before coming to Ontario in 2006.

“We are popular with many different types of groups especially families, groups of friends, school groups, corporate groups and really anyone else looking for a fun day outside.”

The courses range from easy to expert, and Mike says most visitors are able to tackle all of the courses on their first day.

The largest location is at Horseshoe Valley near Barrie, offering eight aerial courses, including a 900-foot zipline. The park is one of two that has kids’ areas open to children as young as five.

Ganaraska, located about 30 miles southwest of Peterborough, has some of the company’s most challenging courses including Timberwolf, a treetop course that takes you six storeys above the forest floor and includes two zip lines.

Huntsville  is set in the scenic Muskokas, and is the only location that has an exciting Tarzan swing where you freefall out of the trees into a cargo net. “Huntsville also features Dragonfly which takes you on seven ziplines in a row,” adds Mike.

Their newest location is in Brampton at the Heart Lake Conservation Area, with its heartstopping Great Blue Heron Course featuring twin 1,000-foot ziplines across the waters of Heart Lake. “You can reach speeds of 45 kilometres an hour, so it’s quite the ride,” says Mike.

Opening this June is a new park in Stouffville, which will feature a brand new attraction called The Woods of Wonder, enabling adventurers to move from treehouse to treehouse along hammock nets. On the ground, you can explore a section of tunnels. “It’s kind of like a hobbit village.”

For the price of about three visits, you can purchase a season’s pass which gives you unlimited access to all of the parks from early March until the end of October.

Visit treetoptrekking.com for additional information. •