Ryan jokes that every time I return home after visiting a new place, I immediately tell him I want to move there because I love it so much. Well, my ridiculous tendency to want to move everywhere I travel continues.
But, with views like this, can you blame me?
Fall is my favorite season of the year, but in Florida I am not able to experience all of the beautiful changing leaves and the crisp air, so spending time in Canada where autumn is in full swing is such a treat. I am soaking up everything and feel like everywhere I go I am in awe of my surroundings. High five, Mother Nature!
Zip Lining at Arbraska Laflèche
My time in Canada began early Monday afternoon when I arrived at the airport in Ottawa and met up with a small group of bloggers and journalists to kick off one heck of an amazing press trip.
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The five of us were invited on an adrenaline-themed press trip by Tourism Outaouais and Tourisme Quebec and our fabulous press trip leaders, Anne and Marouan, wasted no time whisking us off on our first adventure of the day.
We drove out to Arbraska, an aerial and cave park with lots of outdoor activities. Before we were ready for anything too adventurous, we took 20 minutes to eat a picnic lunch. We dug into fantastically fresh food from Marius Provence, a cafe that specializes in French Provence-inspired dishes.
I chose a nicoise salad and a whole grain croissant and polished off both in 2.5 seconds.
I was hungry!
Once we were all finished eating, it was time to walk up to the cabin to slip into the proper safety gear before heading out on a zip lining and tree-top obstacle adventure.
One of our guides for the day, Spider, helped me get into my harness and laughed at all my layers. This Florida girl isn’t used to the cold!
It was so, so great to be reunited with my good friend Anne! Ever since we hung out last year at a Reebok event, we’ve stayed in touch and chat regularly and she is such a fun person to be around. We always have a blast together!
Once we were geared up, we followed Spider on a short hike to a small safety course where we tested our gear and made sure we knew how to properly use the carabineers and pulleys.
We all passed inspection and within 10 minutes we found ourselves up in the tree tops tackling our first few obstacle courses.
The tree top obstacles were crazy fun! I felt secure thanks to the two carabineers but the ropes and boards were very wobbly which kept all of us on edge throughout the entire experience.
At one point, Spider could tell we were feeling more comfortable and decided to shake things up a bit by jumping on the ropes which naturally made me scream like crazy. I really didn’t have high expectations for the obstacle portion of our day and thought zip lining would steal the show, but the obstacles were such a blast and would be a really fun date or family adventure with older children. I loved every minute!
After our final obstacle, it was time to zip line!
Go Anne, go!
Zip lining over the colorful foliage was incredible.
We also zip lined over a beautiful lake (I saw a beaver!) and I’m pretty sure I could’ve spent four more hours out there playing around in the tree tops. It was such a wonderful way to spend a day!
More Canada fun to come!
Question of the Morning
- Have you ever been zip lining or done an obstacle course in the tree tops?