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Playing in the treetops was so much fun! • Credit: Ontario Tourism
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Find your inner monkey

Zip. Swing. Climb. Play in the treetops.

Treetop trekking was so much fun.

Each Thanksgiving, my family and I share an outdoor adventure – something that is active and helps us connect to each other. Last year was the best ever – we conquered the Treetop Trekking aerial course in Huntsville! 

After getting geared up with harnesses and helmets, we anxiously walked to the course area. We looked up and saw people zipping through the colourful fall foliage, balancing precariously on log ends and swinging on ropes like Tarzan.   

We were all a little nervous but very excited to get started. After a safety and practice session close to the ground, we climbed the first ladder and rocked the first several courses.


The next courses were a little higher and a little more difficult but our confidence grew after completing each one. 


We laughed, joked around and encouraged each other to keep going. It was a great bonding experience. 


The final course, before the big zip lines, was the Tarzan rope swing. My neice Nicole, shown below, had no fear but as I sat on the edge of the platform, high in the trees, I really didn’t think I could do it. But I did – I let go and did a free fall (anchored by a secured rope) into the large net.  WOW – I felt so alive and so proud.  

My niece, Nicole, loved the Tarzan rope swing.

If you are looking for something fun to do with your family this Thanksgiving or anytime, I highly recommend trying a treetop aerial park or a treetop canopy nature walk. Find one near you. 


TREETOP TREKKING - Barrie, Brampton, Ganaraska, Huntsville and Stouffviile

 Relive your childhood at one of the five Treetop Trekking aerial parks. Feel the rush as you fly across ziplines and climb like a monkey on balance logs, cable traverses, hammock nets, wooden bridges and Tarzan swings suspended high in the forest canopy. Kids courses and night treks available.  


This treetop adventure park has 5 different courses from Junior to Advanced. Each course has 13 to 16 aerial games – ladders, ropes, wobbly bridges and more.


Billed as the “Ultimate Treetop Experience". Adventure seekers 9+, can spend hours playing 10-50 feet above Santa’s Village’s famous whispering pines located along the Muskoka River. The giant 350 ft zip-line across water will give you a thrilling ride.

- St. Williams

Glide through the Carolinian forest on a world class 2½ hour zip line and canopy tour adventure. This thrilling adventure with spectacular views of Long Point Bay and Turkey Point includes 8 zip lines, 2 suspension skybridges, 14 platforms and a 40-foot rappel. Night zipping available.

- Kitchener

Start with an 80-metre zip for first timers or experience over 300 meters of soaring fun, starting from one of the highest and most scenic elevations that the Chicopee Hills have to offer. Enjoy a breathtaking ride while taking in a spectacular view of the surrounding hills and tree.

- Goulais River 

Ride the Big Zip, play some paintball or test your agility on the tree-top obstacle course. Trek across cables, beams, and logs, cross wobbly bridges, swing like Tarzan, zip line with speed, and test your balance as you maneuver through many obstacles, all while safely attached with two carabiners.


Take to the trees over the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine.  This aerial adventure park has 60 tree top adventure games and 5 ziplines. Rope bridges, tarzan swings, floating barrels and logs will challenge your mind and body at every level of fitness.  


High among 200 year-old oak trees, up to 60 feet above the ground, get ready for an experience like no other. Explore the beauty and wildlife of the picturesque forest valley at the top of Blue Mountain, as you become one with the birds, then soar along the new 1,000ft zip line.

WALK-IN-THE-CLOUDS - Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve

After a short guided voyageur-canoe ride across a wilderness lake, you’ll start to “Walk in the Clouds" - through treetops on the world’s longest canopy walkway. Over half a kilometer long, the canopy boardwalk winds through the treetops some 10-20 meters above the forest floor. A platform suspended from the treetops above, becomes the gathering place where your guide elaborates on the forest environment surrounding you. 

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