We booked a room here because we wanted to try the Tree Top Trekking. Boy, the adventure was outrageously fabulous. We were hooked up in harnesses and climbed 60 ft. and higher to platforms built into trees in a forest. We then traversed across thin wires from tree to tree. Sometimes we had to go over rickety bridges other times we went zipping from tree to tree on lines that were 50 or maybe 100 feet long!!!! This was a complete blast. One must make sure of several conditions. Foremost, one must pay close attention to the instructions given on clipping and unclipping the carabiners(sp). Your well being is truly in your own hands so you do not want to make any mistakes. Secondly, you must be in very, very good physical condition. Also, one should either not be afraid of heights or at least be able to control one's fear enough to be able to participate. Finally, the age limits are truly for the childrens' safety. I wanted my 9 year old to participate so badly but she wasn't tall enough. She had to go on the childrens' course. At first I was disappointed but it really was the best for her. She never would have been able to reach high enough to get through the course. Also, the childrens' course was wonderfully challenging for her and her 2 friends who are a little older. Our daughter is very capable of anything physical...the adult course would have been way too much for her. I was miffed at first about the staff not allowing her to participate in the adult course but now knowing what I know I am grateful. Another item to consider is to wear gloves. Leather gloves would be best but any hand covering where you can still manuever one's fingers would be smart to wear. Also, do not wear jewelry especially earrings. Tie up long hair. Additionally, there are no lockers or anything to put your belongings in so bring nothing with you.
It was buggy so I suggest bug spray. The staff are young and enthusiastic. They are patient and kind. We tipped them $30.00 for the three of us...they deserved more! Plan on showering after. Have such a great time. I know I shall never forget this experience. It truly was indescribable.
As for the room...it was ok. The bathroom was clean. The sheets were clean. The pillows were awful foam ones. The room was a very, very basic 3 star. The staff was very nice. Breakfast was fair. The restaurant across the parking lot was really bad. Service was horrible...food was worse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There's 4 seasons of adventure waiting for you at Horseshoe Resort, only one hour north of Toronto. Whether you're here for family fun, an inspired meeting at our Conference Centre or a romantic getaway, there's a whole world of things to do. Imagine 26 Alpine ski and snowboard runs, 35 kms of groomed double track set Nordic trails, terrain park with over 20 features, full championship golf course, three restaurants, Amba Spa, hot tubs, saunas, Segway Adventures, Yamaha Riding Adventures, Treetop Trekking, indoor and outdoor pool, a brand new man-made lake, fitness facilities and weekly classes, hiking and biking trails through the breathtaking Copeland Forest, Camp Horseshoe and Slopeside Adventures! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Horseshoe Hotel Barrie
- Horseshoe Resort Barrie, Ontario