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article imageTBEX travel bloggers experience Treetop Eco-Adventure Park Special

By Katie Ryalen     Jun 20, 2013 in Travel
Oshawa - While in Toronto for the international Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX), bloggers take time to experience eco tourism in Durham, Ontario, and zipline through the trees at Treetop Eco-Adventure Park.
This month Toronto hosted the 2013 North American conference of TBEX, the international Travel Blog Exchange. Tagged as "the future of travel media," TBEX offers the global community of travel bloggers and writers a forum for sharing blogs, pictures and experiences, and an opportunity to network and ask questions.
A by-product of the influx of international bloggers and writers into the city, the conference also offers Toronto-area attractions an added boost as visitors head out in search of travel experiences to blog about.
A number of these bloggers, many of whom focus on international travel but are residents of Ontario, extended their visit to explore some of the unique points of interest which exist just outside of Toronto's circumference. Too often these destinations escape the notice of tourists since they are not readily associated with 'big city' attractions like the Eaton Centre, the CN Tower, and the Hockey Hall of Fame (among others).
Treetop Eco-Adventure Park is one such attraction. Situated near the Purple Woods Conservation Area in north Oshawa (Durham Region), the park welcomed bloggers Stephen Bischoff (Shameless Traveler), Dani Blanchette (GoingNomadic), Vanessa Chiasson (Turnip Seed Travel), Cheryl Leung (Kids on a Plane), Sharon Mendelaoui (Dream Travel Magazine), LiLing and Brennan Pang, and Amanda Rodriguez (Trekaroo), and Ian Yacobucci (Borderless Travels).
Owner Randy Richards crosses the suspended planks  one of the many in-course challenges at Treetop E...
Owner Randy Richards crosses the suspended planks, one of the many in-course challenges at Treetop Eco-Adventure Park
Treetop is considered an eco tourism destination, offering games and activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Most notable is its aerial treetop adventure course. The park describes this course as "an elevated obstacle course set in the beautiful Oakridge Moraine and securely suspended between the trees at 10 to 50 feet off the ground. Some of the features of the courses include giant Tyrolean Zip lines, suspended bridges, swinging surprises ... and much, much more."
When asked which feature of the course she likes best, guide Jenna answered, "the Tarzan swing, definitely. There's this big spider[like] net you launch yourself into at the other side. It's awesome."
Ian Yacobucci of Borderless Travels says of Treetop, The course is a great way to challenge yourself. I think it will attract people who are looking for some fun and adventure. The course is designed to challenge you, but be fun at the same time. If you're into the outdoors, like climbing, want an adventure close to home, or are curious about Canadian forests this place is perfect!
Vanessa Chiasson of Turnip Seed Travel agrees, declaring the experience at Treetop "amazing. It really gets me out of my comfort zone. When I'm outdoors I'm usually jogging or swimming, so this is something totally different."
Travel blogger Dani Blanchette practices technique on Treetop s demo run under supervision of guide ...
Travel blogger Dani Blanchette practices technique on Treetop's demo run under supervision of guide Jenna
As much fun as they seemed to be having, was it what the bloggers expected of Durham, a region which arguably lives in the shadow of the internationally competitive Toronto? "I always thought of zip-lining as something you do in the Caribbean," admits Sharon Mendelaoui of Dream Travel Magazine. "Where there are hills and trees. So no I was not expecting to find zip-lining in Ontario at all. However when I got there I realized this is more than just a zip-line experience, it's more of an outdoor tree-top adventure..."
Perhaps, then, the experience of these international travel bloggers at Treetop Eco-Adventure Park might serve as a reminder: travel need not always be to internationally recognized destinations to be memorable. What is hidden in your back yard might surprise you. As York Region blogger Cheryl Leung of Kids on a Plane says, "I would never have thought that somewhere so close to home would offer something like this."
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