The wind whistling excitedly in your ears, your nose taking in the fresh scent of forest air, your arms and eyes opened wide so as to feel every piece of this experience. This is the feeling of being alive; this is ziplining.
Ziplining is one of those thrilling activities that never gets old. I’ve had the pleasure of ziplining in many places on different types of courses around the world, and the rush is always the same. However, unlike an activity like biking, the rush and sensation of ziplining feels like it’s the first time every time. If you can get some solid speed going, the feeling of weightlessness as you reach your hands out and “fly” on a zipline is like no other.
When people think of ziplining, the idea usually comes to mind in more tropical destinations. I know a handful of resorts in the Caribbean often sell ziplining as an excuse to leave your sun chair and poolside beverage behind for the day. But what if I told you that in our immediate area, a whole host of ziplining opportunities is available to you at Treetop Trekking Adventures in Stouffville?
Located in Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area, a beautiful mixed forest spanning over 250 acres, Treetop Trekking offers many exhilarating experiences in York Region. It has several different types of courses, designed to give you options depending on your comfort, age and thrill-seeking level.
Their courses are set up to accommodate participants of all ages. For thrill seekers as young as 5, they have three “Discovery Kids’” courses throughout the area. These provide an excellent introduction to the younger members of your party. For those who are a little more experienced between the ages of 9 and 11, they have four “Beginner/Intermediate” courses. If you’re past those stages, aged 12 or older and are ready for the big thrill, then their two “Advanced Zipline & Aerial Game Trek” courses are made for you. Topped off with their giant “Monarch Zipline” which is over 700 feet in length, the options at this park are endless.
Some other fun surprises at Treetop Trekking Adventures are the “Treewalk Village”, a series of fun treehouses strung together by roped ladders and bridges above the ground with a slide at the end; it’s perfect for the kids. If you’re looking for an alternate type of trip, you can also do a “Night Trek” on their courses, where they provide you with a flashlight to wear on top of your helmet. It’s a great way to experience the quiet of the forest with the stars out above you and the thrill of flying through the dark on a zipline. Finally, if you have an occasion to take a big group out, they also offer Team Building Programs in a variety of packages which you can contact them to ask about.
Treetop Trekking Adventures is open all day every day, all summer long. If you’re ready to fly high above the sky this summer, make sure you double check these three tips before you get going:
- Make sure you double check the age, height and weight restrictions on their website before you book your experience. If you have any questions, you can give them a call or send them an email.
- Be sure to book your reservation in advance. It will secure your spot so you don’t have to leave disappointed if they’re busy.
- Save money on your conservation park entrance fee by booking in advance. Otherwise, you may get stuck having to pay additionally when you enter. If you book in advance, you and your clan only need to worry about suiting up to fly through the sky.
Written by Bri Mitchell
Bri Mitchell is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer. She has travelled to over 50 countries, and doesn’t have plans of stopping anytime soon. Bri currently lives in Toronto with her partner in life and travel, Christopher Mitchell (travelingmitch.com), and their Turkish street cat turned Prince of the Great White North, Kotu. You can follow her travels and meanderings around Ontario and beyond on Instagram @mstravelingmitch or her Facebook page.