If you’re looking for thrills and adventure, both canopy tours and aerial parks are great choices. They both use ziplines and ropes to safely travel from treetops and elevated platforms, and both use offer the chance to observe the beauty of the natural world from a higher altitude than you might be used to. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be Tarzan, you can finally find out for yourself with either a zipline canopy tour or an aerial park. Because these attractions have a lot of similarities, some people have trouble telling them apart, but there are actually a few key differences.
Exciting Ride vs. Obstacle Course
Zipline canopy tours are generally tours through forests and other natural areas. On a zipline tour, you get to see different types of plants and animals from a vantage point you’ve never had before, and you get to learn a lot about a forest’s ecosystem. Aerial parks are more like fun obstacle courses. They are done high in the trees to give you a sense of adventure, but you are secured by a rope to keep you safe and prevent you from falling.
Ziplines and Rope Systems
On a canopy tour, you are traveling through a forest primarily by zipline. That means you are traveling down an incline, and gravity propels you safely through the air. When you are traveling through an adventure park, you are going through most of the obstacles on your own power. This could include some ziplining, walking, climbing, and swinging. It’s a great workout!
Guided Tour vs. Your Own Adventure
Zipline canopy tours are almost always led by a professional. Along the way, your guide will teach you about the environment you’re traveling through, pointing out different species of plants and animals, and highlighting the most beautiful views and distinctive landmarks on the tour. Adventure parks are usually self-guided. Before you begin, you’ll be trained in how to move through the park and how to use the rope system safely. Once you begin, you’ll be on your own, so that you can move through the park and overcome each obstacle on your own two feet and at your own pace. After completing a course, most participants feel a great sense of accomplishment.
Great for Team-Building
Both of these attractions can be a great way to spend time with family, friends, or colleagues. However, adventure parks are more often used for team-building. The obstacles and challenges can become great opportunities for individuals to work together, encourage, and congratulate each other. After a day spent conquering the park, you’ll be amazed how much more you and your teammates trust, respect, and communicate with each other.
Whether you choose a zipline canopy tour or an adventure park, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience exploring the natural world. At Santa’s Village, visitors can enjoy both the Muskoka Aerial Park and our many ziplines. They’re an exciting way to spend the day with your friends and family. We’d love you to share your zip lining or aerial adventures with us on our Facebook Page!