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Top marks for Port Hope's Treetop Trekking

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Trekkers can reach speeds of up to 45 km/hr on aerial lines that are part of the courses at the Ganaraska Forest Centre north of Port Hope. SUBMITTED PHOTO from Treetop Trekking

Trekkers can reach speeds of up to 45 km/hr on aerial lines that are part of the courses at the Ganaraska Forest Centre north of Port Hope. SUBMITTED PHOTO from Treetop Trekking

PORT HOPE -- Off the beaten path in the northern part of the Municipality of Port Hope is one of Ontario's "Top Outdoor Attractions," according to the non-profit tourism association, Attractions Ontario.

The Treetop Trekking aerial climbs in the Ganaraska Forest are among the five recreational company's locations in Ontario offering zip line and games high amidst the trees on courses suspended in the air. Treetop Trekking has been established locally since 2012.

It hires about 25 seasonal workers (it's usually open April to November, depending on the weather) and some full time employees.

Attractive to adults and children, alike, some climbers can get up to 45 km/hr on the ziplines that are located between platforms.

The Ganaraska Forest Centre even includes these tree-high adventures in some of their camps.

"The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority greatly values the partnership it has with Treetop Trekking. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement, where the Ganaraska Forest Centre Outdoor Education Program and Treetop Trekking often share students, or other guests, between the two programs, doubling the exposure for each organization," says Forest Centre property manager Linda Givelas.

"We are thrilled and humbled to have been voted Ontario's Top Outdoor Attraction for 2017," says Treetop Trekking's marketing director for Ontario, Mike Stiell. "Each day we do our best to provide fun, safe and memorable experiences for our guests, and for our guests to speak out and vote us as a Top Outdoor Attraction is beyond exciting!"

Describing the adventure opportunities as enjoyable for families, friends, school trips and corporate outings, Stiell outlines what to expect at the local Forest Centre Treetop Trekking site.

"At the Ganaraska park our main activity is our 3-hour Zip Line & Aerial Game Trek, during which, guests travel from tree to tree on a series of bridges, ladders, suspended walkways, and zip lines. All of our activities are supervised by our aerial guides, and they play a big role in why we were voted a Top Outdoor Attraction."

Attractions Ontario describes itself as "the only-provide-wide trade association dedicated exclusively to the attractions sector of the tourism industry, Attractions Ontario members encompass over 500 public and privately owned attractions in numerous categories such as amusement parks, historical sites, cultural activities, arts & entertainment and adventure tourism."

Lang Pioneer Village at Keene was another top vote getter from the organization.

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