If you are looking for an outdoor adventure park in Victoria, Wildplay Element Parks is where you want to be. Wildplay is an obstacle course suspended from the trees and it’s incredible.
There are ziplines, cargo nets, swinging logs, tightropes, wobbly bridges and more throughout the course. Start just a few feet off the ground and the higher you get, the more challenging it becomes.
A few years ago, my son was invited to the park as part of a birthday celebration. I always appreciate free parking and there was lots of that – bonus! We all signed a waiver and because the kids were under 13 at the time, we stayed with them to supervise.
If your kids are older and you choose not to participate in the activity yourself, there are a ton of other things to do at the Westshore Parks and Recreation complex – including a fabulous walking trail that will loop you right back to the park entrance.
You should come dressed for outdoor adventure including wearing clothes that fit snugly so they don’t catch on the trees or obstacles. Same for jewelry – remove it before you lose it. The most important thing to wear is closed-toe shoes – no sandals or flip flops. They do have an outdoor footwear loan program though if it’s a last-minute decision and you don’t have time to get the proper shoes.
The Wildplay staff gave our group a safety introduction first with instructions on how to clip in to the fasteners and maneuver through the course and then they were off. At first it was exhilarating for all the kids to finally be let loose in the trees. Some were fearless and moved swiftly through the games, but we quickly discovered some that needed a little encouragement to move along. The fee for the kids includes completing the course twice and, in the end, all but one of the children in our group chose to go a second round. The maximum height off the ground for the kids’ course is 15 feet.
The adult course, known as the classic course, includes 4 ziplines, is up to 40 feet high and can take 2-4 hours to complete. Need more thrills? Try the extreme course with games and ziplines up to 52 feet high!
If fear gets the best of you, there are always staff nearby that can safely help guide you down.
There is lots of adventure to be had on Vancouver Island and this one is right inside the city. Check their website for hours of operation and directions to get there.
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