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Revisiting Treetop Trekking at Ganaraska, Port Hope

– Sunday 26 August 2018 by Stenoodie Revisiting Treetop Trekking at Ganaraska, Port Hope

Treetop Trekking Ganaraska (Port Hope) located at 10585 Cold Spring Camp Rd in Campbellcroft, ON

August 18, 2018: It was a pleasure to return to the Treetop Trekking facilities at Ganaraska, Port Hope to partake in some more aerial obstacle courses and zip line fun!

“Treetop Trekking” has five locations across Ontario (and five locations in Quebec). This branch in Ganaraska is located at 10585 Cold Spring Camp Road in Campbellcroft, Ontario (which is really about a 20 minutes drive from downtown Port Hope but I’ll refer to it as Port Hope anyway).

As you approach the site, you’ll enter and pass by the Ganaraska Forest Centre area which has plenty of parking available.

Treetop Trekking Sign-in building

Treetop Trekking Garanarska
The sign-in building

We signed in at the reception desk, got suited up with our harness and helmets with the professional help of the staff, and then followed one of the guides to the orientation area where we did a brief but thorough rundown of how to use the carabiners and equipment.

Treetop Trekking Helmets and harnesses - Area to put up equipment

Treetop trekking helmets and harnesses
Area to put up equipment

Heading towards the forest after getting suited up

Ganaraska forest
Heading towards the forest after getting suited up

We also learned how to navigate through the games and courses and especially what to do in case we fell off the course and had to get back onto the ropes by ourselves.


Treetop trekking orientation

On this visit, we had three hours’ time to go through the obstacles courses (called “games”) as well as the zip lines.

We completed the first two beginner courses with ease. They were called the “Porcupine” and the “Woodpecker”.

Porcupine Obstacle Course
Porcupine obstacle course

Very first zip line to cross

Porcupine zip line
The very first zip line to cross

Each course contains games and zip lines

Treetop trekking Ganaraska games
Each course contains games and zip lines

Having recently done these two courses last month when we were here, the games were familiar to us and this was reflected in the speed and ease in which we completed them. As Ken said, we literally “zipped” through them. 😀 I guess my body was familiar with the muscles required to navigate through each course too.

Scampering across the net games

Treetop trekking Ganaraska games
I loved scampering across these net games

Log part of the course

Treetop trekking Ganaraska games
This log part was better this time around

Treetop Trekking Ganaraska games

Treetop trekking Ganaraska games
A real challenge would be to do these without holding on to the cable

After this, we did the “Flying Falcon” course for the first time which involved mainly zip lines. This was easy and I viewed it as a sort of “celebratory” course, a fun rather than challenging when compared to the other ones.

Flying Falcon Zip Line Course

Flying Falcon Ganaraska
Flying Falcon zip line course

There were two other advanced ones called “Timberwolf” and “Tarzan”. These were more technical and required upper arm strength and endurance. Now that I’ve completed three courses here, I would love to challenge myself and complete these two in the future too!

They have a sitting/resting area for you to rest up in between obstacles. You can leave your belongings there. There is also a first-aid kit available.

Resting area, where you can hang up your equipment

Treetop trekking Ganaraska hangers 

In the resting area, you can hang up your equipment

Treetop Trekking Ganaraska zip line

Treetop trekking Ganaraska zip line

This was such a great day to do treetop trekking as the weather was perfect — it was cool with a refreshing breeze and not too sunny either! It had rained a few days prior and some of the wooden pieces were a bit damp, which did make it a little slippery at times to walk through the obstacles but overall it was a much better and comfortable climbing day than climbing in 30-degree heat (like last time). Maybe that’s why we also zipped through everything so quickly and with ease. 🙂

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy another treetop trekking experience!

FTC Disclaimer: Although the Municipality of Port Hope reached out and invited me to a complimentary visit to promote the businesses in Port Hope, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the Municipality or businesses.

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