Thrilling Treetop Adventures
Ever wondered what a forest looks like when viewed from the canopy? Find out while having fun and connecting with nature on a treetop ropes and obstacle course. It’s a thrilling physical activity that will challenge you to excel in a whole new environment. See where to find the best courses in Québec and get tips before you head out on your adventure. The views alone are worth the trip!
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Duchesnay is a deciduous forest with a variety of treetop ropes and obstacle courses. Get your bearings on Le Castor (The Beaver) before you go swinging from a Tarzan rope on L’écureuil (The Squirrel). The fall colours make for an extra‑special experience, while the view of Lac Saint‑Joseph is impressive all year round. The Jeunes Loups (Young Wolves) course is specifically designed for 7–11 year olds, and there are extreme courses if you want to test your physical abilities and limits. Round out the adventure with a serious shot of adrenaline as you go flying through the forest on a 1,000 ft. zipline.
At just 15 minutes from Québec’s city centre, Arbraska Chauveau is the only treetop adventure that you can get to by city bus. The courses vary in difficulty, with 2 courses designed specifically for children 5 years and older equipped with a continuous lifeline so they can test their balance on monkey bridges, climbing nets, and swings and work their way up to the mini zipline. For teens and adults there’s the ZIPTOUR, a course made up of 7 big ziplines, including 4 that take you over the river.
What is a Treetop Obstacle Course?
Imagine climbing ladders, crossing suspended bridges, and even gliding along a zipline through the forest canopy. You can do all that and more in a gorgeous natural setting when you head out on a treetop adventure. With courses for all ages and abilities, it’s a great activity for the whole family, as rewarding for timid children as it is for thrill‑seeking teens. Plus it’s safe, even along the most extreme routes.
Best Time for a Treetop Adventure
Treetop adventure sites are usually open mid-May to late October. The best time is probably in the fall, since the colourful trees make for a spectacular backdrop. It’s also a great activity in the summer—even when it’s really hot out—since it’s always a few degrees cooler in the forest than in the city. Some places are even open at night, so you can go adventuring under the moon and stars with a headlamp on. In the quiet of a dark forest, your senses will be wide awake.
What to Wear and Equipment Required
To make the most of your treetop adventure, you’ll want to wear running shoes, comfortable fitted clothing, and a pair of gloves. As in most forests, there may be mosquitoes, so it’s always a good idea to bring bug spray. And don’t forget your water bottle! With an activity this thrilling, you’re bound to be thirsty.