There’s nothing like overcoming your fear of heights by suspending yourself from a metal clamp attached to what seems like a thin metal cable, 200 feet over rushing Fitzsimmons Creek in Whistler, British Columbia.
But how about subjecting your beloved offspring to such an experience on a Ziptrek Whistler ziplining tour?
Now that we’ve done it, I can only say – go for it! Our 9 and 11 year olds astounded us with their courage, and overcoming their own fear of letting go, literally. It was only afterwards that I reflected on what exactly we’d done and how crazy it was that I’d allowed my own children – my babies! – to zip away from me, 200 ft up in the trees, along a 1000 feet cable at 50 km/hr. Thoughts of ‘bad mom’ filled my head, but their happiness and sense of accomplishment on having done this feat eased my mind.
Ziptrek Tours has been offering safe, high-quality ziplining tours in the Whistler area for years. There are several Ziptrek tours to choose from, including the Eagle tour featuring a 2,400 ft zipline with a 30 storey descent. Over the course of a 3-hour tour in stunning old growth rain forest, you’ll cross treetop bridges, learn about the rainforest, sustainability, and push your own limits overlooking steep cliffs above the creek that runs between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
Ziptrek Tours operates tours all year round, and in all weather conditions. If adventure is in your Whistler travel plans this winter or summer, embrace your fears and give ziplining a try.
Note: The minimum age for ziplining is 6 years old. Children under 65 lbs will have to ‘zip’ in tandem with a guide on some of the ziplines.
Photo Credits: C. Laroye
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