Treetop Trekking: A Fine Line Between Zen and Excitement

 

Over the last decade, treetop adventure parks have exploded in North American forests. Formerly a niche pastime mostly practiced by teenagers at summer camps, these facilities are now bringing millions up into the canopy.

 

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Photo courtesy Treetop Trekking.
Photo courtesy Treetop Trekking.

 

Treetop Trekking operates 10 zipline and aerial game parks, 5 in Ontario and 5 in Quebec.

Walking a fine line between zen and excitement, these parks help develop balance, strength, and confidence in a safe, controlled, and inspirational environment.

Features include ziplines, balance logs, cable traverses, hammock nets, wooden bridges, and Tarzan swings suspended high in the canopy.

 

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Photo courtesy Treetop Trekking.

 

In 2001, Treetop Trekking founder Jean-Marie Bévillard arrived in Quebec from France. Shortly after his arrival he enrolled in an entrepreneurial course at Université de Montréal taught by Stéphane Vachon, a leading consultant in sustainable operations and development. During the course Stéphane asked his students to prepare a business plan for a dream business that they would one day like to own. Hailing from Grenoble, France, Jean-Marie decided to prepare his plan for a treetop adventure park, similar to one that was successful back in Grenoble. Impressed by the idea, Stéphane ultimately decided to partner with Jean-Marie to make this dream a reality.

 

Photo courtesy Treetop Trekking.
Photo courtesy Treetop Trekking.

 

Treetop Trekking launched in Rawdon, Quebec in June of 2002 , in the Lanaudière region near Montreal. Under the company name Arbraska, it became the pioneer in treetop adventure parks in Quebec.

Arbraska branched out into the Ontario market in 2006 when it opened Treetop Trekking near Barrie at Horseshoe Valley Resort. More parks followed in Ganaraska, Huntsville, Brampton, and Stouffville.

 

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