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Ontree Adventure Park - Article by Ben, Teen Blogger


Have you ever wanted to experience the feeling of flying through the trees like a flying squirrel or a monkey? Do you enjoy the outdoors and love an adventure? Well, I know just the place for you to visit. Ontree Adventure Park is located in Windsor, Nova Scotia at the Martock ski hill and will offer you the adventure you are looking for. Ontree is a great place for people of all ages, from little kids up to seniors. You need to be prepared to walk and climb throughout the park, so movement is a must.

Ontree was developed based on a German design to offer an outdoor adventure park focusing on climbing and agility skills. It combines a variety of climbing and high rope courses, zip lines and other activities among the trees. The courses are very reliable and the course constructors have decades of experience in constructing courses.

When you go to Ontree, you will get a lot out of the experience. Other than enjoying the courses and the experience of taking part, you will learn a lot of new things. One of the things you will learn is how to work with your hands when you are up high in the air.

At Ontree, safety is a priority. They use a variety of safety equipment like helmets and harnesses to keep you safe while you are on the courses. When you get to Ontree, you will start at the hut to register and get your safety equipment. Then you need to take a little training course. The training course (done by an Ontree employee) takes you through the ropes of the equipment. The course shows you how to use the carabineers, the Trac pulley (object that you use to ride on the zip lines), and what to do on the courses. Once you complete the learning course to ensure you understand the equipment, you are free to do the courses in the park.

Down below is a story on how I completed a course at Ontree. I hope you enjoy my story.

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When I was at Ontree in the summer of 2015, we took my grampy for his birthday. My grampy is pretty fit for 69-years-old and loves an adventure. After completing several other courses, we decided to try course eleven.

We made it up the ladder and the first obstacle. After some more obstacles and zip lines, we came to a horse-like obstacle. You had to sit on a piece of wood built to look like a horse and zip across a small gap. The problem with the horse is that if you don't have anybody to build up momentum for you to cross, then you may struggle getting across. When I did it, my dad had to pull me back a few times for me to be able to get across. After a couple more obstacles and zip lines, we finished the course.

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Ontree is really fun. The two times I have gone, I had a great time. It is a great thing to do with a group of friends and/or your family. I would recommend that you stay for the day so you can do most of the courses. There are a wide range of courses for little kids, all the way up to a double black diamond course (a course that requires the help of a trainer and is the hardest course of them all). If you go to Ontree with a fear of heights, I would recommend that you start on the easy courses and work your way up to the harder ones.

Here are a couple of tips for Ontree:

  • Gloves are required. If you have tough gloves with good palms, you can bring your own, or you can purchase gloves at Ontree for $3.00 a pair.
  • Bring water and snacks to keep your energy up, or you can purchase something at the canteen.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Bring good shoes for climbing so you don’t slip.
  • If you have one, bring a GoPro or Sony Cam to film your adventure.
  • A piece of photo ID for when you get your equipment.

I hope you go to Ontree at Ski Martock. Check out the website with the link below. Enjoy!

http://www.ontreepark.com/

Ben,

Teen Blogger

Editor's Note: Ontree Adventure Park closes for the season on November 30th, so this weekend is your last chance to check it out until it re-opens on April 1st, 2016. Can't visit Ontree? Try some armchair adventure with adventure books, such as:

 

  • The Lie Tree
  • The way he lived
  • A drop of night
  • Thief of lies
  • Defender
  • Character, driven
  • Every young adult's break-up survival guide
  • Hidden gold
  • The heart of stone
  • The last boy and girl in the world
  • The epidemic
  • I see reality
  • Finding Hope
  • Under the Dusty Moon
  • Flawd
  • Dark energy
  • Hot pterodactyl boyfriend
  • Harmony House
  • Burning
  • See no color
  • One of us
  • A tangle of gold
  • It should have been a #GoodDay
  • Beautiful broken things
  • The radiant road
  • Speak a word for freedom
  • When we collided
  • Hit count
  • Fig
  • The beast of Cretacea
  • Essential maps for the lost
  • Queen
  • Exit, pursued by a bear
  • The Raven King
  • Breakaway
  • The forbidden orchid
  • The young adult's guide to public speaking