Posted : August 1, 2017
Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.
If you could zip through across a luscious forest 80 feet in the air at speeds of 60 km/h or swing across an 11,000-acre forest like Tarzan, where would you go? Not too far into Tropical areas because York Durham Headwaters is home to both Treetop Eco-Adventure Park in Oshawa, Ontario and Treetop Trekking in Stouffville, Ontario!
Imagine yourself climbing through suspended barrels, teetering over suspension bridges and playing high up in the trees all the while being surrounded by the Oak Ridges Moraine as your backdrop. Treetop Eco-Adventure Park is open all year round, rain or shine, giving all thrill-seekers an aerial view of all four seasons in Ontario!
The aerial park has four courses in total – one for children and three adult obstacle courses, each with varying levels of difficulty, totaling 60 different aerial adventures that includes: zip lines, suspended bridges, nets, swinging logs, surf boards. For visitors who are specifically after the Big Zip challenge, they can skip the obstacle park altogether and go straight for it! For beginners who want to ease their way into it, there are seven zip lines each promising speeds of up to 60 km per hour!
Challenge new heights in a safe and supervised environment. The obstacle course is closely supervised, and a 30-minute training and orientation is mandatory for all participants. If you’re trying to overcome fear of heights or work on your balancing, know that participants stay securely clipped into a red safety cable throughout the course.
Treetop Eco-Adventure Park also offers climbs at night for groups of ten or more for that extra twilight adventure. Climbers can also purchase passes for axe throwing and combat archery, and combine any of them for a go at the Big Zip to unleash their inner beast!
Just about forty minutes west, lies another aerial adventure park Treetop Trekking Stouffville in the heart of Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area. There are five exhilarating courses for participants to test new heights and challenge their sense of balance. Children between ages five to nine can look forward to Treewalk Village, a tree-house village for kids to explore.
You know it’s always fun and games before someone gets hurt, right? Well, there is no exception here. All climbers must complete a mandatory safety orientation and are accompanied by professional trainers through the entire course. The different challenges vary at different levels ranging from beginner to expert so climbers can go at their own ease as they advance through the course, tree to tree.
Challengers who are specifically looking to zip line through the forest can skip the aerial game treks and go straight to the wires. Treetop Trekking Stouffville is home to The Monarch, a 700 feet zip line that soars over a butterfly garden so you can fleet like the butterflies while being safety harnessed.
Night walks are also available at the Stouffville location where each climber can explore the obstacle courses with a headlamp.
Reservations at both Treetop Eco-Adventure Park and Treetop Trekking Stouffville are highly recommended. Visit both their websites for rates, packages and reservations!
What to bring:
- Attachable water bottles
- Fingerless gloves (can be purchased at both parks)
- Camera, Phones & Video
- Bug spray
- Required Medication
- Sun glasses