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Treetop Trekking in Ganaraska Ontario

Do you need a complete break from your day to day life? Has fun been in short supply? How would you like to scare yourself – just a little bit? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I’d suggest a few hours doing the Treetop Trekking Ganaraska in Northumberland County’s Ganaraska Forest.

John and I spent a thrilling couple of hours high in the trees. At the end of our week in Ontario (hiking, kayaking and camping) I asked John what he liked best. The Treetop Trekking Ganaraska adventure was his number one choice.

Discovering Your Inner Monkey at Treetops Trekking, Ganaraska Forest
Doing the easy course first – Photo credit: Cori Arthur

Treetop trekking – where safety comes first

You don’t have to have any experience with climbing, knot tying or ziplining to have fun at Treetop Trekking Ganaraska. You are walked through the process to get safely onto the courses every step of the way.

We were in the first group on a weekend and that has its advantages as you get a head start on the course – without any waiting. But first you must pass a safety test and be able to get yourself back on a steel cable, in case you fall off. You must also be able to attach to the zip line and complete the short zip line course safely.

Once up in the trees, the staff will monitor your movements. If you are caught without a carabiner clipped in you are given a warning and a green wristband. 

If they catch you again, they will let you finish the course you’re on and then they’ll ask you to remove your safety harness and call it a day. They take your safety very seriously.

Discovering Your Inner Monkey at Treetops Trekking, Ganaraska Forest
John powering through this game – Photo credit: Cori Arthur

Adventure in the treetop

John and I completed the first couple of courses in about 45 minutes. Some of the “games” were a snap while others required your full concentration – as you can see on my face in the photos below. There was one game – swinging like Tarzan into a net on a rope – that got a scream out of me. I highly recommend it but expect to be sore from muscle use. (Really – when was the last time you swung on a rope?)

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The challenging aerial courses get my full attention
This is easier than it looks in the forest
This is easier than it looks

The Timberwolf Course

After completing the easier courses we opted to do Timberwolf – called the most challenging course of any aerial park in Ontario. They suggested we allow at least 45 minutes to complete it. (It took me an hour.)

John and I were the first ones on it that day. Most visitors go nowhere near this course – which is great in a way as you don’t have the pressure of someone behind you. This course is amazing for it really tests you and your upper body conditioning. Apparently I am not the finely tuned athlete I thought I was, as I was very sore for three days afterwards – in a good way mind you.

Discovering Your Inner Monkey at Treetops Trekking, Ganaraska Forest
Although it wasn’t that hard I sure felt I had to focus

On Timberwolf you start by getting very high into the trees. From there you’ve got ziplines and some challenging games that have you trying to keep your balance as you move across swinging blocks for example.

At the end of the hour I was exhilarated and very pleased that we went forward with this course.

John on one of the Timberwolf
John on one of the Timberwolf “games”

Where is Ganaraska Treetop Trekking?

The Ganaraska Treetop Trekking adventure is located in the Greater Toronto area between Port Hope and Peterborough. It’s open until early November and then again at the beginning of April. You must reserve in advance. For more information visit their website.

The price per adult is $59.99 plus tax – and that allows you to use the course for three hours. It’s the perfect team building activity, but it’s also fun for couples and families with kids that are 9 or older and 55 inches or taller.

Further reading on things to do in the Northumberland Region

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Treetop adventure in the Ganaraska Forest

A huge thank you to Northumberland Tourism for arranging this activity. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

 

 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 4 Comments

    1. @Cindy There are courses that are very easy so don’t let my pictures deceive you. Some at all levels require your full concentration but underneath all of that is a huge amount of fun.

  1. If you can believe it, we did a similar(ish) course in Whistler called “Superfly Treetop Adventures.” It was much easier and self-guided and we wore 1980s prom dresses with tights underneath for my friend’s stagette, but yes I completely agree, these types of courses are honest-to-goodness-adrenaline-filled fun.

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