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The Greenheart TreeWalk will spark your adventurous spirit as you navigate suspended walkways and tree platforms high above the forest ﬂoor. Located in the heart of UBC Botanical Garden, the 310 metre-long tree top canopy walkway hangs from huge Douglas firs, cedars and grand firs, many of which are over 100 years old. Reaching a height of nearly 20 metres above the forest floor, the walkway will give you a bird’s eye view of Vancouver’s magnificent coastal temperate rainforest.
You can make your way from platform to platform at your own pace or have a knowledgeable guide take you on a fascinating tour. At the peak of your experience you will be 23 metres above the forest floor on a towering viewing platform from which you can take in the sights and sounds of the forest.
The Greenheart TreeWalk is a canopy walkway, an aerial trail system that allows people to journey through the upper parts of the forest. Its structure enables visitors to explore the flora and fauna that thrives in this lofty environment.
Greenheart’s approach is to provide access to the canopy with minimal impact on the trees or habitat. Unlike other tree top canopy walkway systems bolted into the trees, the Greenheart TreeWalk’s design and engineering does not damage the trees or the surrounding delicate ecosystem. Using an innovative cable tension system, the platforms are hung from the trees without the use of nails or bolts. With features such as the “Tree Hugger” cable system and “Kissing Bar” stabilizing device, it is easy to see how the walkway is a special addition to the forest landscape.
Let Greenheart’s naturalists take you on a tour of the forest canopy. Learn about the diverse and unique ecosystems, sustainable eco-tourism, tree identification and First Nations’ cultural use of plants. Learn how trees are home to a multitude of woodland creatures such as the resident bald eagles, woodpeckers, hummingbirds and owls, and how forest plants are used as traditional medicines and food sources.
The Greenheart TreeWalk operates April 1 – October 31. There are usually two drop-in tours per day at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm from the TreeWalk entrance. However, as times may vary it is best to check the sign at the Admission Desk for an updated listing of tour times. Tours are limited to 20 people and are approximately 45 minutes long. There is no extra charge for the drop-in tour. Please arrive early to reserve your spot otherwise you may have to wait until the next available tour. Group bookings must be made in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that you are welcome to experience the walkway at your own pace without a naturalist.
We want everybody to have a fun and memorable experience on the walkway. To ensure everyone’s safety and comfort please note:
- Both hands must be free to hold onto the canopy guide ropes
- Small children must be either able to walk on their own or be carried in an approved child backpack or carrier
- Strollers, walkers or wheelchairs are not permitted on the walkway
- No jumping, running, or excessive swaying of the bridges
- Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult
- Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended
- Please allow for one hour or more to complete the Greenheart TreeWalk
Greenheart is a Vancouver-based company with a global portfolio. An industry leader in the design and construction of nature based walkways and eco-attractions, Greenheart has a proven track record for providing consultation, planning and construction services to numerous eco-attractions across Central and South America and Africa. Greenheart is leading the way in creating innovative strategies that support and protect nature through the development of non-invasive, sustainable eco-attractions.
The Greenheart TreeWalk at UBC Botanical Garden is the result of a successful collaborative process between UBC and Greenheart, a process now regularly used by Greenheart on other international projects. In addition to its nature-based attractions, Greenheart also specializes in the design and construction of adventure facilities such as zip-lines and high ropes courses.