June 30, 2018: On a sunny and hot day projected to reach upwards of 33°C in Port Hope (40°C in Toronto), we reached this small town located east of Markham to arrive at the Ganaraska Forest Centre for the treetop trekking excursion at the Ganaraska location of the Treetop Trekking facility. I had done treetop trekking in the past and at their Stouffville location in fact!
“Treetop Trekking” is actually a franchise that provides treetop trekking and zip line activities with five locations all across Ontario (and also five locations in Quebec). In Ontario, they have locations in Barrie, Brampton, Huntsville, Stouffville, and this one in Ganaraska (Port Hope)!
When driving there (10585 Cold Spring Camp Rd in Campbellcroft, Ontario), you’ll enter through the Ganaraska Forest Centre area and can park there (plenty of parking spots). Look for the “Treetop trekking” sign and you’ll come across their small building which is where you check in.
The sign-in building
You can also buy snacks here
We signed inside at their reception desk and filled out the waiver forms. We had arrived early so we sat outside for a small snack while waiting for others to join us.
Then, by 10:30 a.m., we grouped up and were fitted with a helmet and harness in order to begin our treetop aerial courses.
Safety orientation led by one of the staff
We walked through the forest where there was a clearing and did a quick orientation course first. This was to ensure that we knew how to use the equipment and carabeeners correctly as there were just three rules (make sure you’re always attached x3) and to able to safely pull ourselves back up on the ropes if we happened to lose our footing and fall off. I was very familiar with this already since I remembered it from my visit to the Stouffville location two years ago.
The safety course
The courses here at the Port Hope location seemed to have the same names as the ones at the Stouffville location. The two beginner courses that we complete that day were called: Porcupine and Woodpecker. In fact, as I was completing the courses, I was reminded of vaguely having done them before too!
Porcupine beginner course #1
Woodpecker beginner course #2
It was a hot day but the skies were so clear and it was nice to be outdoors. Although I remembered having done the same courses before, they were still challenging as it has been two years since I had done any sort of treetop trekking obstacles. It sure was a workout for my arms and abs.
It was so fun!
We completed both the Porcupine and Woodpecker courses by noon and unfortunately had to leave without attempting the other four courses on site (our package includes three hours to try to tackle as many of their six courses as possible). We were due to head to our next scheduled attraction in Port Hope! (Stay tuned for the upcoming blog post about that.)
We hope to return next time to try out more of their aerial courses! Treetop trekking is definitely a fun and challenging exercise for the young and old! (In fact, you can buy season passes and come here regularly — it’s like an alternate to working out at the gym!)
You can spot some of the other participants in the trees
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.