Vancouver Island’s lush natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities offers visitors plenty of recreation opportunities, but if you want an activity that is truly out of the ordinary, WildPlay Element Parks is a must. This adventure park takes advantage of its natural setting to offer fun and challenging outdoor activities with unique views of the surrounding forest and river canyon. Located just south of Nanaimo, British Columbia, WildPlay features aerial obstacle courses set amongst the trees and zip lines, bungee jumping, and a pendulum swing high above the Nanaimo River.
While vacationing on Vancouver Island in June, my parents and I decided to check out the activities at WildPlay. After viewing a short video overview of the activities, I chose to try the TreeGo aerial obstacle course, while my mom decided to go on the Canyon Zip. My dad, on the other hand, opted to keep his feet firmly planted on the ground. He was able to watch my mom fly from one side of the canyon to the other and then cruise along parallel to the river on a two-part zip line. Once my mom had completed the Canyon Zip, they both walked along the trail following the obstacle course to see how I was faring.
The TreeGo obstacle course consisted of platforms, swings, bridges, ropes, and zip lines strung between towering trees. After you receive a brief safety demonstration and can prove that you understand the safety techniques, you are on your own to complete the course. But if you need help, simply shout “Guide!” and one of the employees will come to your aid. Luckily, I didn’t fall once while on the course, but if I had, my harness and safety lines would have caught me.
Completing the TreeGo course was a blast! Walking on wobbly bridges, zipping between trees, swinging Tarzan-style on a rope into a giant net, and precariously balancing on swaying logs were just a few of the highlights. In between each stable tree platform was a different obstacle to complete along the way, each with its own challenge. Some required great balance, some required upper body strength, and some required surefootedness – most required a combination of these.
WildPlay states that the TreeGo course takes one and a half to two hours to complete, although I breezed through it in about an hour. Once I had finished the course, I rejoined my parents on the ground with a satisfied grin on my face. My only regret was that I hadn’t bought the package deal that would’ve allowed me to do the Canyon Zip as well as TreeGo.
I would highly recommend WildPlay Element Parks to anyone looking for a memorable outdoor recreation experience while visiting Vancouver Island. For more information on the park, you can visit www.WildPlayParks.com.