Adventure awaits for those daring enough to take on the Valley’s first zipline course just three kilometres from the Village of Radium Hot Springs. Valley Zipline Adventures is three months away from their grand opening in mid-July, however, co-owners Krista Berg and Patrick Tolchard confirmed to The Pioneer that construction official begins next week.
The parking lot is next week and then the property cleanup will happen right after, and then June 6th is when the builders come in to put the lines in, explained Mr. Tolchard.
Ms. Berg and Mr. Tolchard have been working towards the opening of their zipline park for the past three years. The business partners graduated from Medicine Hat College with a Bachelor of Science in eco-tourism and outdoor leadership.
When I moved out here, Krista came out and we had the idea of opening a zipline out here because it didn’t exist and three years later its happening, said Mr. Tolchard.
Having an eco-tourism background, the pair is implementing green initiatives into their new business and minimizing physical, social, behavioural and physiological impacts.
We are following the standards of the International EcoTourism Society, said Ms. Berg.
One of the ways they’re ensuring they stay environmentally friendly is by replanting trees on the property. For every one tree that is removed during construction ,they will plant five new ones.
So we’re giving back to the environment. That’s the value of eco-tourism, you’re always giving back, you’re not taking away, said Mr. Tolchard.
The course will be made up of seven ziplines, five of which will be of medium length that will zigzag through the park area, the sixth line being a short zipline to get you around a hill and showcase pristine views of the Columbia Valley Wetlands below, and then you end at the longest zipline of the course.
The last one is our monster line. It will be two ziplines side by side so you can race your friend and that one will be around 800 to 900 feet, so quite a long zipline, said Ms. Berg.
With 42 acres on the property, Valley Zipline Adventures will have plenty of room to expand and Ms. Berg and Mr. Tolchard already have plans to keep adding to the property.
We want to keep adding features every year, every two years whenever we can. Next, we want to build an aerial park, said Ms. Berg.
For now, the pair is focused on breaking ground next week and preparing for their first summer of operation. Valley Zipline Adventures are currently hiring for the summer season and are asking that interested applicants over the age of 18 send their resumes to email@example.com.