Kids love to climb. Parents only think they can. That’s why benches along the wooded path are full of parents beaming with pride as they catch their breath, while all the kids frolic above in the trees. No rest for me though, because my son’s rule is I have to catch him. He darts through a network of tunnels, while I crawl after him. He runs up wooden footbridges, scales 8-foot tall hammock nets between tree houses and descends back down slides. It’s no use. He’s too fast.
Treetop Trekking in Stouffville is pure zen-tertainment. Located twenty minutes north of Toronto in Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area, we’ve found arboreal bliss. Imaginations race to explore the Treewalk Village, including the Tree-wee low-rope obstacle course, without worry. It’s a safe enclosed area, and from his initial wide-eyed “Wow” to the top of the walk, there’s just enough of a challenge that, once overcome, my boy feels like he’s on top of the world. He looks down to Earth, and then back at me with such accomplishment, and his smile is worth the whole world.
The Treewalk Village is a 2-hour activity, and although it is open to all ages, it is ideal for ages 3-7, and includes a climbing wall. For the bigger kids there’s also a low zip-lining course and aerial trekking games. It’s a fenced-in park with activities for all ages, and what is so wonderful is that all these kids are actively discovering in nature, and getting over fears in fun and safety. It brings out the kid in everyone though. You can’t go there and not want to play. There’s even a night trek. So close to the city, and yet we feel like we’re in the middle of the wilderness with permission to go wild.
This is a lot of fun, with healthy benefits, and makes an enriching bonding activity for families.
Season Passes are available now at: treetoptrekking.com/parks/stouffville
Adam Waxman is an award winning travel journalist focusing on food, wine and well being. As well as an actor in film, television and formerly, the Stratford Festival, he is the Associate Publisher and Executive Editor of DINE and Destinations magazine.