Standing on the ground, far below the treetops, you might have often wondered just what it would be like to make your way through the trees, above the forest floor. Maybe you believe that you’ll have to travel all the way to a tropical jungle for a tree top trek, but there are actually some great places to explore the forest’s canopy, right here in Ontario.
At Horseshoe Resort, which is just outside of Barrie, you can don a harness and experience an unforgettable trip through the treetops. The resort offers a number of fun and challenging courses that take you to new heights, plus, there are zip lines that are sure to give you a real thrill. There are also rope bridges, swings, climbing nets, and other challenges to try your hand at.
Before you get started, one of the guides will show you how to use your cords, carabineers, and pulley. Once you are up in the canopy, the equipment will be connected to a cable to ensure you stay safe, even if you slip up. Offering a number of different courses to suit every skill level from beginner to expert, Horseshoe Resort’s tree top treks are suitable for children as young as 5, and for active people of advanced age, as well.
Located an hour north of Toronto, this four seasons resort is just off Highway 400, at 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road.
Long Point Eco – Adventures
With zip lines and swinging suspension bridges that will take your breath away, Long Point Eco – Adventures offers a 2 1/2 hour adventure that takes kids and adults alike through the treetops for a completely new vantage point on the natural world. The setting for this adventure is a beautiful Carolinian forest where native plant, animal, and bird life awaits, and the zip lines used are of world class quality. You’ll see incredible views of the bay and marsh along the way. Long Point Eco – Adventures is located at 1730 Front Road in Turkey Point, right on the shore of beautiful Lake Erie.
Scenic Caves Natural Adventures
At Scenic Caves Natural Adventures, you can enjoy an unforgettable eco adventure tour through the treetops, where a fantastic view of Georgian Bay awaits. As you make your way across narrow cable pathways and speed down zip lines that pass through a forest of magnificent 200 year old oak trees a heart stopping 50 feet above the ground, you will enjoy a unique look at the forest’s ecology, plus, your guides will provide you with amazing facts about the Niagara Escarpment. One of the most incredible highlights of this three hour treetop trek includes a trip across a 410 foot long suspension bridge that looks out over a 10,000 square kilometre view. Scenic Caves Natural Adventures is located at 260 Scenic Caves Road in Collingwood.
While each of these adventures is challenging and offers thrills you’ll not soon forget, all of these treetop treks are completely safe, thanks to constant maintenance, thorough briefings, and top quality safety gear including harnesses, cables, helmets, and more. For a completely new sensation, plus million dollar views, give tree top trekking a try.