5 surprising activities to rediscover Trois-Rivières
- October 4, 2021
Halfway between two large effervescent cities, Trois-Rivières has nothing to envy its neighbors when it comes to unusual activities. The city is…Read More
An hour’s drive from Montreal, the Tyroparc company makes a point of celebrating the vast nature of the Laurentians at their true value. It is from the summit of Mont Catherine, the highest point in Sainte-Agathe, that our heart rate accelerates as we zipline over the boreal forest. Here are 5 good reasons to go play outside.
Try the tallest mega-zipline experience in Canada
I braved my fears – yes, I am dizzy! – by holding on tight to ziplines several times in my life and in various countries. However, it was in Quebec this winter that I had one of my best adrenaline rushes: at the Tyroparc, along the mega-zip line making me spin, at its highest point, at 3,500 feet in the air. 115 meters long, this 38-storey high zipline can reach 90km of speed (houlala!) I tried the experience in winter, when everything was very white under me and I had trouble keeping the eyes open with so many emotions, so even though I get chills just thinking about it, I know I can’t help but go back and try it again this summer.
We find there, not one, but 4 mega-zip lines
Inaugurated in October 2014, the Tyroparc offers not one, but four mega-zip lines. The smallest reaching 1,800 feet and the largest thus making intrepid guests fly more than 3,000 feet above the woods. What’s more, summer and winter! In addition, the activity takes place accompanied by certified guides to make it as safe as it is exciting.
We also hike there
Not insignificant for the hiker that I am: it is on foot, taking the pretty path crisscrossing the forest, that we slowly reach the intense zip lines. If between the chalet and the summit, there is only about 150 meters of vertical drop, walking is still a good exercise while hiking with the zip line equipment attached to the body, boots to the feet and helmet on the head. At the top of Mount Catherine – at an altitude of 525 meters – the view of Cap Beauséjour and the surroundings of the Rivière du Nord adds to the richness of the experience.
You can also try the Via Ferrata experience
In addition to the mega-zip lines, 3 Vias Ferratas on rock faces … including a winter! About 60 meters from the mainland, we find ourselves hooked to a steel cable using a strap and a carabiner in order to follow aerial courses full of foot steps, handles, beams. wood, monkey bridges (bridge made up of two steel cables), steel gangways, ladders and chains suspended from the wall transforming into a pendulum. Closed during my visit to the park (due to a pandemic), I intend to recover this summer, even if the mere fact of writing these words gives me a very cold sweat.
Even more activities!
It’s not the activities and projects that are missing in the head of the owner of Tyroparc (a lover of nature and Quebec!) Mountain biking in summer, packages of combinations of activities (hiking, mega-ziplines, via ferrata and even rafting in collaboration with other partners), an aerial course called “the city of the woods” which is scheduled to open in June, a new project of winter fatbike trails (which will also be available for hire) and glade skiing / telemark are added to the exciting activities offered by the Tyroparc.
To find out more about the park’s activities and to purchase your tickets: https://www.tyroparc.com/