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35 Nanaimo River Rd.
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 â 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 âtree-to-treeâ 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 âAerial Adventuresâ, 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.