Monday, 9 September 2013

Real Men Go Treetop Trekking in Toronto

Within the Real Man Travels group we take challenges very seriously. So when we received a challenge (at least we took it that way) from Mike over at Treetop Trekking by Arbraska, we were in Toronto getting suited up within a week.

The Group: Chris (@realmantravels) Ed (@EdRealManTravel) Mike (@JackWanderlust) Dustin, and myself (@SamRealMan)

Location: Treetop Trekking by Arbraska in Brampton, situated perfectly in Heart Lake Conservation Area

Treetop Trekking Brampton
Like most things designed for your safety, the harness fits tight in all the wrong places.
left to right: Mike, Ed, Dustin, and Sam

Finding Heart Lake Conservation area is actually quite easy. If you are coming from Toronto, take the 410 north to Sandalwood Parkway. After that a quick left and a quick right on to Heart Lake Road and you're there.

TIP: Show your booking confirmation at the main gate and save paying admission to the conservation area. Remember to make your reservation at least 3 days before your desired date, and earlier if you plan on visiting on a weekend.

After signing the waivers and getting outfitted in the required safety gear we were lead by a guide to the orientation course where we learned the proper techniques for using the courses and zip lines. Once our guide was satisfied we could handle ourselves we began working our way through the gauntlet of aerial courses that lay ahead.

The guides we met were more than willing to chat with us as we waited our turn and made our way from course to course. The consensus among them was that the Brampton location is the more introductory of the Treetop Trekking with courses ranging from novice to advanced intermediate. They said if we really wanted a challenge that the Ganaraska location near Port Hope is home to the most challenging course in Ontario.  

Treetop Trekking Brampton 1
About to take on the King Fisher, the most challenging course Brampton had to offer.
left to right: Mike, Ed, Chris and Dustin

They allow you 3 hours to make your way through everything, and I can tell you that we moved a quick pace the entire time and barely made it through everything. So if your planning on conquering all 8 course, 10 zip lines, and all 75 aerial games make sure you put those 3 hours to use.

TIP: Dress for exercise. It's a work out so make sure you wear clothes that wont hold your sweat and make sure you wear comfortable closed toe shoes.

We took some video during the day to try to give you an idea of what to expect if your planning a treetop trek in the future.  

Final Thoughts: Treetop Trekking is a bit of a tongue twister to say, but is a heck of a lot of fun to do. I would recommend this to any group of outdoorsy and fit people who want to try something new, and Guys, if your trying to think of a unique date idea for that fit girl in your life this might just be for you.

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