In 2005, WildPlay Ltd. co-founders Gordon Ross and Tom Benson, as certified guides, avid climbers, paragliding pilots, and wilderness enthusiasts, were eager to share their passion – and belief in life-changing outdoor adventures with people from every walk of life. With 15-years of professional guiding experience, Ross and Benson had witnessed all manner of personal evolution when people connected with the outdoors. Every mountain scaled and skill developed seemed to result in guests uncovering new levels of confidence. The desire to help more people overcome self-perceived boundaries was strong for Tom and Gord; however, guests were often limited by the intimidating requirements and high level of commitment that came along with the intensity of climbing and other high adventure activities.
A solution to limited access sprouted when Ross discovered early versions of “tree-to-tree” parks in Europe and canopy tours in South America. Through research and product-testing, the pair realized that suspended obstacles and games could be further evolved into challenging and personal outdoor experience to adults, teens, and kids, without the steep learning curve. Actively developing their take on the fledgling realm of “Aerial Adventures”, the entrepreneurs knew they had found the way to evolve this niche of adventure recreation.
Park development came next, and the partners knew that the right locations would not only showcase Mother Nature, but would respect and champion her health. They established development and operations criteria that include innovative Element design techniques, high standards for minimizing or improving environmental impact, sensitive building practices, and careful site selection that continue as markers of their expanding list of Park locations today.
The Elements at WildPlay Parks are built using environmentally sensitive methods that mitigate harm to the forest and natural settings.
If our tree courses were to be disassembled today, little evidence of their existence would be left behind.
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Our flagship location transformed the former bungy zone operation into a full-scale place for people to access a range of outdoor adventures. Now an adventure destination on Vancouver Island, people climb, zip, jump, and swing on our original Monkido Adventure Course, DragonFLY Ziplines, 150-foot Bungy Jump, 140 km/h Primal Swing.
A partnership with West Shore Parks and Recreation brought WildPlay to in to revitalize the site of a neglected disc-golf game. Now south Vancouver Island residents and visitors have a Monkido Adventure Course and What’s To Fear Jump to keep enjoying an outdoor activity.
Partnering with the District of Maple Ridge, WildPlay’s family-friendly Monkido Adventure Course and What’s To Fear Jump activities preserves a nature-based experience in the sprawling Lower Mainland. The Park revitalized a forgotten campground near Golden Ears Park as a way to escape into nature.
We couldn’t stop ourselves from going big in the Okanagan. Our Park offers the popular Monkido Adventure Course, seven DragonFLY Ziplines, What’s to Fear Jump, and the super-cool Primal Swing that pendulums off the cliffside.
Our first Park in Alberta introduced a whole new way to enjoy tree-top games and ziplines in Fort McMurray. On the site of Vista Ridge ski hill, our circular PAWD configuration is an innovative way to enjoy (and protect) the outdoors.
Our world-class “MistRider Zipline to the Falls” welcomed riders to the most incredible interactive experience of the Niagara River gorge. Our four side-by-side ziplines, stretching 2,200 feet, opened to mass thrill from crowds from around the globe. Coming in 2017, WildPlay will add the newest version of our aerial Adventure Course to the nearby WildPlay Whirlpool Park.
The adventure continues for WildPlay, with ongoing development of new Parks and Elements that achieve our mission: to engage people in adventure experiences where they are challenged through play to be as active as possible in their daily lives, and evolve beyond their self-perceived limits. Want to know more about business development opportunities with us? Send a message.!