BRAMPTON—Swing on Tarzan ropes, dangle from a branch high above the ground and then zip through the treetops to see where you’ve been and what lies ahead. Adrenaline junkies typically have to drive out of the city to get this sort of outdoor thrill.
But that isn’t necessarily the case anymore thanks to a new aerial game park opening in Brampton tomorrow (Aug. 1).
“We’re excited about the new park in Brampton,” said Mike Stiell, marketing coordinator for Treetop Trekking, a tree top obstacle course opening at Heart Lake Conservation Area, 10818, Heart Lake Rd. “Heart Lake is a beautiful property and an ideal location for this sort of park.”
The Brampton game park is the newest member of the Treetop Trekking family, a company that runs courses in Barrie, Huntsville, Ganaraska, and five parks in Quebec.
Heart Lake features eight courses, ten zip lines and more than 75 aerial games.
The highlight, though, are the twin 900-ft zip lines crossing right over Heart Lake. Treetop Trekking is offering 50 per cent discounts on certain packages Aug. 1-4 to celebrate the opening of its newest park.
“The great thing about this park is that you don’t need any prior experience. A lot of outdoor activities like rock climbing you need you expensive equipment and training. With this, all you really need is a pair of running shoes and you’re ready to go.”
Jean-Marie Bévillard launched the first park in Quebec in 2001 under the company name Arbraska.
Since then, the business has expanded to other locations in Quebec and Ontario. The first Ontario location opened at Horseshoe Valley, near Barrie, in 2006.
Stiell called Brampton ideal because it gives the company access to a much larger urban market.
“Our other parks are within day-trip distance of Toronto. This park is a great opportunity to be right in the city. People can go there after work if they wanted,” Stiell said. “It’s really a perfect location for a park. It’s close to the larger populations of Brampton and Toronto.”
Treetop Trekking Brampton is open to anyone over the age of nine. The only real requirement for participants is that they reach a minimum height of 4’7”.
Stiell explained areal parks usually attract students and summer campers. Increasingly, tree top obstacle courses are attracting athletes and sports teams and also companies organizing corporate team-building exercises.
Courses, said Stiell, are made up of fun and exciting games and obstacles high up in the trees like suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, balance logs, cable traverses and of course zip lines.
The Heart Lake location offers a variety of courses, ranging from beginner to advance, and extreme courses that will test even the most experienced climbers.
“It’s relatively easy to do and it’s a lot fun,” Stiell said.
Those who register have access to the park for three hours of climbing time, with the first half-hour typically for equipment and safety orientation and course instructions.
Shorter excursions are also available.
Reservations are required. For more information and to register, visit www.treetoptrekking.com/en/brampton/ or call 905-970-0090.0