A new tourist adventure has quite literally come online in the Thompson/Okanagan region.
Treetop Flyers at Chase Canyon has opened the doors of their brand new zipline adventure. After two years of planning, construction, paper work, and no shortage of red tape this high flying act is attracting customers from near and far. For Treetop Flyers partner and general manager Ron Betts, it’s been a long time coming.
“The initial response, without sounding cliché, has been more than we expected,” says Betts. “We’re doing large groups and individual tours every two hours and the customer feedback has been great. People love the canyon lines as we are seeing a lot of wildlife on the tour and flying over the creek and falls right now is spectacular.”
Tours start on the Flying Fox line adjacent to the Treetop Flyers office behind the Chase Mall on the Trans-Canada Highway. Professional guides begin by equipping the guests in harnesses and helmets, and explaining the technique of safe ziplining before a steep venture up the unique cable suspended staircase to the top of the Flying Fox zipline. After the introductory ride on the 100 metre Flying Fox line there’s a palatable sense that the guests feel more at ease with the idea of sliding on a cable at speed high above the ground.
The second part of the two hour tour takes clients high into Chase Canyon with breathtaking waterfalls and even a local herd of bighorn sheep looking on quizzically as people fly down the valley on the Salmon and the Big Horn ziplines. At 120 m and 275 m (400 and 900 feet) respectively these two ziplines are situated directly over the creek and waterfall to add amazing vistas to the thrill of flying high above the ground.
Self admitted adrenaline junkie Lisa Holzman of Kamloops was one of the clients on the lines during the company’s inaugural week, and she was grinning ear to ear after her outing.
“I love a thrill and would recommend anyone to go try it even if you are a little scared of this kind of thing,” said Holzman. “The set-up was great, very professional and the views were amazing. I loved the canyon lines, the waterfalls and the scenery.”
With state of the art safety gear and all the newest zipline technology Treetop Flyers has a broad appeal, whether you’re six-years old or 85, 60 or 275 pounds. And, with a high visibility venue and a concept designed outside the box, the company’s getting a lot of people flying.
“This project has been two years in the planning and building,” says Betts, “and to have customers out there having fun is really great.”
Tours run every two hours and can accommodate up to 40 people. Visit www.treetopflyers.ca for more.