Toronto based company, Treetop Trekking wins first place for Best New Kids Attraction at the International Association for Amusement Parks and Attractions’ (IAAPA) Brass Ring Awards.
The honour was announced on November 20 in Florida, and was awarded for Treetop Trekking’s, Treewalk Village kids adventure park concept. The annual awards recognize excellence from around the world in the attractions and amusement park industry and are considered one of the global attractions industry’s most prestigious honours.
Treetop Trekking which operates six adventure parks in Ontario, introduced the Treewalk Village concept at its Stouffville location in 2015, the first of its kind in the world.
Treewalk Village parks are a nature-based activity designed specifically for kids, allowing them to explore the forest in a fun and interactive way.
The centrepiece of each Treewalk Village park is a network of custom treehouses connected by suspension bridges, ramps, and slides.
Other features to explore can include giant elevated nets (think massive trampolines suspended in the trees), underground tunnel labyrinths’, mini-ziplines, and other forest games.
Since opening the first Treewalk Village at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area in Stouffville five years ago, the company opened a second location in Hamilton this year and will be opening a third Ontario location in Brampton in 2020. Treetop Trekking also operates Treewalk Villages at two of its Quebec adventure park locations.
Other winners at this year’s IAAPA Brass Ring Awards included Disney Parks, the San Diego Zoo, and Europa Parks. These are truly international awards with other winners being from as far away as Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Norway, Sweden, and China. Treetop Trekking was one of two Canadian winners this year, with the other being Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition, who won in the Training Innovation category.
“I am so humbled to have our company recognized on the world stage, amongst so many big players in our industry,” says company president and founder Stéphane Vachon. “In a world where kids spend so much time with their screens and on other electronics, we are really proud to create and be recognized for our authentic experiences that brings people outside into nature.”