WildPlay Element Park – Maple Ridge

by Coleman


Last year I graduated from elementary school.  Instead of having a party, our class went to WildPlay, a gigantic aerial adventure park out in Maple Ridge.

Most of us had never heard of it before, so we didn’t know what to expect.  All I heard was, “You get to swing from tree to tree like Tarzan.”  “Uh-oh,” I thought, this could be bad.  I was never good with heights, even at the best of times.  Plus it took one hour by car to get there.  I was even thinking about not going.  Boy, am I glad I went.

WildPlay turned out to be the awesomest place ever.  You literally fly through the air.  (Don’t worry, you’re attached to a safety harness).  Now I know what it feels like to be a monkey swinging from one tree limb to the next.  The tightrope was super fun too, and so were the swinging logs.  Plus I had a blast on the missing plank bridge, but my all-time favorite was the zip-line.  Although, I have to admit, it was a little freaky jumping off a platform 60 feet in the air.  At first I had to close my eyes, but once I got going I opened them, and saw how cool it was to be way up in the air. 

Some kids didn’t want to try the more challenging stunts, which was okay too.  They just went at their own pace.  I even saw some adults there, and they didn’t even have kids with them.  Although I can’t imagine my parents flying through the trees.  I’d be afraid they’d hit a tree of something.  Mom’s glasses are pretty thick.

The course takes about one-and-a-half hours to finish, maybe longer or shorter depending on your group.  Anyway, you should try it.  There wasn’t a single student I talked to who didn’t say they liked it.  I would give WildPlay a solid 9 out of 10 on the fun meter.


WildPlay is located in Maple Ridge, near Golden Ears Park.  The actual address is 23485 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge (adjacent to Upper Maple Ridge Park).  www.wildplay.com/maple-ridge


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WildPlay is open in the summer, closed in the winter, and open limited hours in the Spring, and the Fall.