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Camp Fortune ~ So Much More Than Just A Great Ski Hill!

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Camp Fortune, located just north of Ottawa, in Chelsea, Quebec (Gatineau Park), is a well-known ski hill with a reputation for being one of the best in the area. Growing up, I spent a lot of time in Ottawa visiting family and friends, and I often heard many people refer to Camp Fortune when talking about great ski hills in the Outaouais region. Camp Fortune is the highest vertical within a 15 minute drive of Ottawa featuring 23 different runs, 7 lifts, a Terrain park featuring jumps, rails, boxes and a wall, and offers night skiing and snowboarding.

But, there is so much more to Camp Fortune than skiing and snowboarding!

Looking for a few fun things to do with my boyfriend and X-Man this summer, I happened upon some online advertising for Camp Fortune.  Turns out, not only is Camp Fortune a great ski hill in winter but, they have some pretty fantastic family attractions on site during the summer months too.

Have any of you ever been zip lining? Aerial climbing? How about free fall jumping onto a giant air bag?

We recently got to try all three activities for the very first time when we were invited by the great staff of Camp Fortune to come out for the day to give them all a try.

While we were excited to be offered the opportunity to visit Camp Fortune, and try all these amazing activities, I can’t say that I didn’t set off that morning without a lot of apprehension.  You see, I’m a huge scaredy cat when it comes to heights. I’m a total Acrophobe.  So the thought of being up on a mountain, climbing into the treetops, zip lining, and jumping off the edge of some scaffolding, made my hands just a wee bit sweaty.

Ok…make that a whole lot sweaty. Niagara Falls sweaty.

I had to keep reminding myself that I’m the same person who confronted their fear of heights by walking on a glass floor over the Grand Canyon.  I certainly wasn’t going to let my fear of heights get me this time!

We started our Camp Fortune adventure with the Aerial Park climb.  Camp Fortune has three Aerial Park courses to choose from: Children’s Park, Explorer’s Park and Amazone Experience.  Since X-Man was joining us on this adventure, we harnessed up for the Children’s Park Aerial Climb.  Don’t let the name fool you, even the Children’s Park Aerial Climb can be “exhilarating” for adults!  This climb generally takes about one hour to complete. 

We made reservations a few days in advance and arrived approximately 1/2 hour before our scheduled departure time.  Camp Fortune actually requests that visitors arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of their reservation.  This allows for time to get fitted with the necessary gloves, helmet, and harness required for your climb up into the trees.

The young staff and guides were all professional, knowledgeable and helpful. They helped us “gear up” and made sure we were all safe and secure in our harnesses.  Once we were outfitted, we were briefed on some general information about the aerial park and, of course, some safety information.

We started our aerial park climb right on time, with a short walk up a hill and into the forest.  It was a gorgeous day and we were anxious to get climbing!

At the start of the course, staff briefed us with another safety lesson, this time showing us exactly how to use our clips and harnesses, and making it very clear – if you don’t follow the rules (such as staying clipped to a cable at ALL times), you WILL be removed from the aerial park.  It was very apparent that Camp Fortune takes the safety of its guests seriously, and in my mind, that is a very good thing.  You cannot be too careful when you are dealing with (mostly) inexperienced climbers, obstacles, and heights.  Never having used a harness, clips and zip lining equipment, my boyfriend and I felt a little overwhelmed with all the instructions about how to use the equipment and what to do on the zip line. No time to worry though….

Off we went! What a fantastic experience it was!


I have a new-found respect for Nik Wallenda, the daredevil who has crossed both Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon, unaided, on a tightrope.  Granted, his cable would have been wider than the cable we used to cross between the trees on but, we were clipped on to the cable at all times, had other cables to hang on to as we made our way across, and were only 15-20 feet off the ground.  For someone who has a fear of heights, none of that mattered, however.  It was still scary….yet amazing at the same time!

I am also more in awe of my brother-in-law now.  He is a mountaineer who has climbed many of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest.  After our time climbing at Camp Fortune Aerial Park, I cannot even imagine the strength, agility, and guts it must take to climb a mountain. That’s not even taking into account doing it in blizzard conditions!


After a couple of minutes out on the course, we quickly realized that our concern about how to use the equipment was unfounded.  X-Man did a fantastic job operating his own harness and making sure he was always clipped in.  If he could do it…so could we! X-Man even volunteered to be the first to zip line!


One of the biggest things I learned from this experience is that you have to trust your equipment.  All of the equipment used at Camp Fortune Aerial Park is designed with your safety in mind.  The cables? They can hold a weight that FAR exceeds the weight of any man or woman who may ride on the zip line.  The clips? They will keep you safe as long as you remember to use them properly (and trust me, you WILL remember!).  As you can see here from my first attempt at zip lining, I was a little cautious about putting my full trust in cable (note the initial hesitation)!

After traversing through a wooden tunnel on our knees, over swinging wooden slats, cable wires, and many other obstacles, we were hooked! Camp Fortune Aerial Park is a MUST-DO tourist attraction in the National Capital Region!  All three of us agreed that this attraction is well worth the entry fee, and a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the beautiful outdoors, learn some new skills, and have FUN.


I think this picture of me, taken at the end of the course, says it all. Two clips up!! Camp Fortune Aerial Park is our new favourite local attraction, and you can be sure we will be back.  We’ve already been talking about tackling the Explorer’s Park climb before winter.

Our fun at Camp Fortune wasn’t finished once coming down from the treetops. Next we were on to the Freefall Air Bag Jump.


Fellow Acrophobes can probably relate to what I’m about to explain.  My phobia is a little weird.  At the root of my phobia, I very much dislike standing in high places. Stick me on a moving plane at 30,000 feet and I love to stare down at the earth.  Make me step out onto a 7th floor balcony though, and the first feeling that washes over me is one of wanting to jump – yes jump – off that balcony.  Why? Because my phobia makes me want to get down to the ground to feel more secure.  I know. It’s a very twisted way of thinking.

So you would think I would be the perfect person to perform a jump at the Camp Fortune Free Fall Airbag Jump. I thought so too.  I was wrong! The minute I climbed up to the first level and realized I had to take a running jump over the edge of the scaffolding, I felt like chickening out.  BUT…I did it! I jumped! Albeit from the first of 3 levels. You see, my jumping style left little to be desired, and the great staff at the Freefall Air Bag Jump, Will and Yves, felt it wasn’t safe for me to jump any higher than the first level.  Smart men, they are!

The key to jumping onto the air bag is keeping your legs out straight in front of you as you jump, and landing on your butt or your back.  My body just did not want to do that. My body instinctively wanted to land on my feet.  While it’s ok to land on your feet, it’s not the safest way to land because you could fall forward and do a faceplant, which wouldn’t be pretty.  So I was relegated to the first level, which was fine by me, making 3 jumps in total.

It was after my last jump that all went wrong for this clutzy jumper…


Yep, that’s me on the air bag after my last jump, struggling to get off the air bag. Staff will warn you, getting OFF the air bag can be one of the most difficult things.  In fact, they make you practice getting off the air bag before you even take your first jump.  They also explain that the giant air bag is surrounded almost entirely with an air bag “wall” that helps keep you on the air bag should you roll down the side of it. Foolish me, I laughed when they explained this and said “do people really fall off the air bag?”  They said it doesn’t happen often…but yes.

So guess what happened to me after my last jump?

I rolled down the side of the air bag, got stuck hanging onto the side of the air bag, and had to be rescued by Yves! SO embarrassing!

You can see me in all my glory, rolling off the air bag, captured on video by Will:

Luckily, my boyfriend and X-Man are WAY better jumpers than I am.  X-Man got to jump off the 2nd level, and my boyfriend was able to finish his jumps from the very top level.  I’m thinking they both may have a future in skydiving!

Camp Fortune was an amazingly fun experience for all of us, and we can’t wait to go back some time.  For those of you, like me, who don’t like heights…DO NOT be afraid to come try BOTH attractions.  Despite my fear of heights, I wouldn’t hesitate to do both again.  This was a day we will all enjoy reminiscing about for years to come.

You’ll find other fun things to do at Camp Fortune including a 9 hole Disc Golf Course, as well as some amazing cross country and downhill trails for mountain biking.

Camp Fortune Aerial Park is located in the town of Chelsea, Quebec, just a short 15 minute drive from Ottawa, Ontario.  Depending on which Aerial Park Climb you choose, plan to spend 1/2 day to 3/4 of the day at the park. There is a lot more to do in the Chelsea area after you are finished.  Camp Fortune is located in gorgeous Gatineau Park, a popular tourist destination that offers more fun activities such as:

  • Seeing amazing views of the Ottawa Valley from various lookouts including the favoured Champlain Lookout
  • Swimming at 6 public beaches, including the infamous Meech Lake
  • Playing mini golf at Dunn-D’s
  • Hiking and biking the endless trails in the park
  • Visiting the estate of former Prime Minister Mackenzie King
  • Eating a delicious meal at the Chelsea Pub

Before heading to Camp Fortune Aerial Park and Zip Lining, be sure to leave all your “dangly bits” at home. This means things like earrings, necklaces, finger, nose and belly buttons rings. Be sure to tie long hair up and away from your face. Leave all other bags, purses and gear safely locked in your car.  These rules help to keep you (and your gear!) safe while you are climbing through the trees like a monkey!

Camp Fortune and their Aerial Park, Zip Lining and Freefall Air Bag Jump adventures come highly recommended by Canadian Blog House.  That’s why I’m SO excited that the fabulous folks at Camp Fortune have offered up a great treat for one lucky Canadian Blog House reader!  Here’s YOUR chance to WIN a Family Pass For 4 to the Camp Fortune Aerial Park and Zip Lining, which includes entry to any course for 4 people of any age, max value of $140. ***Ironically, due to provincial contesting regulations, this giveaway is not open to Quebec residents. Sorry folks! Please be sure to read the full giveaway rules on the Rafflecopter form.

Here’s how you can enter for your chance to WIN:



Disclosure:  Canadian Blog House received complimentary passes to Camp Fortune in exchange for this review. All opinions are our own.


  1. August 17, 2014


    We love the Aerial Park and Ziplining…family fun for all 🙂 Can’t wait to try the Freefall Air Bag Jump!

  2. August 11, 2014


    I’d like to try the free fall jump – I’ve wondered what it’s like for stunt people! Though I’m sure the rest of the family would love the zip line as that’s been the favorite so far!

  3. August 11, 2014


    My best friend and I were just talking about this place and how we want to go there! Looks like a lot of fun! The Freeball Air Bag Jump looks awesome.

  4. August 6, 2014

    Melanie Hogeveen

    My husband has been dying for me to do this with him for the past 2years, unfortunately I had a bad fall off my horse and ended up with severe post-concussion symptoms for over a year. I recently gave birth to our 1st child and would now like to give zip lining a shot.

    • August 11, 2014


      Wow Melanie, I’m sorry to hear about your accident 🙁 That sounds rather nasty! Congratulations on the birth of your first child! That’s great that you feel ready to get back at things by trying a little zip lining. Thanks for entering!!

  5. August 4, 2014

    C McLaren

    The zip lining looks amazing. I don’t think I’m up for the freefall, although my boys would be.

    • August 11, 2014


      Well you could just stay with your feet planted firmly on the ground and record their jumps, mom 🙂 Thanks for entering!!

  6. August 4, 2014


    We never been zip lining before ! That looks like alot of fun

    • August 4, 2014


      It sure is, Maria! Hope you get the chance! Thanks for entering 🙂

  7. August 4, 2014

    Cathy C

    My kids would love the zip line for sure!!!

    • August 4, 2014


      I guarantee the would, Cathy! Thanks for entering!

  8. July 30, 2014

    Megan F.

    I have never been on a zip line, so I would have to try that first!

    • August 1, 2014


      Great choice Megan! Thanks for entering 🙂

  9. July 29, 2014

    James Robb

    I would love the freefall jump! What a rush!

    • July 29, 2014


      You’ve got that right, James…it’s a real rush! Thanks for entering 🙂

  10. July 29, 2014

    Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen

    The aerial climb looks like a lot of fun, but I couldn’t do the zip line. Or I could, but I would need a few glasses of wine before hand 😉 What an awesome place to visit.

    • July 29, 2014


      Hahaha! Although it seems like it may help, I definitely wouldn’t do the wine thing before zip lining….you need to have your wits about you 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  11. July 29, 2014

    Melissa McNamee

    I’d love to do the zip line! Looks like fun!

    • July 29, 2014


      It’s a blast, Melissa! Have wanted to try it for a long time…now I finally have. Thanks for entering!

  12. July 29, 2014

    Rachel Cartwright

    I would love to try ziplining – it just looks like so much fun!

    • July 29, 2014


      Oh it sure is, Rachel! I’d love to do a higher, longer zip line now that I’ve tried this 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  13. July 29, 2014

    coffee with julie

    You look like you had a BLAST!! I’ve done zip-lining twice now (once in winter, once in summer) and loved it sooo much. But free-falling? nope, I wouldn’t be able to do it! (you rock) 🙂

    • July 29, 2014


      Oh nonsense! I know you’d be able to do the freefall with no problem. You’ve got that sense of adventure in you 🙂 Glad you’ve been able to zip line twice! winter also. Thanks so much for stopping by to read about our adventures at Camp Fortune, Julie!

  14. July 29, 2014

    Stacey perrault

    This looks like so much fun!! I would for sure like to try the free fall airbag jump. thank you for the great opportunity looks like you had so much fun!!!

    • July 29, 2014


      So happy to be able to offer you this great opportunity (thanks to Camp Fortune!) and truly hope you are able to experience a visit to CF one of these days! Thanks for entering, Stacey!

  15. July 29, 2014

    Maya Fitz

    Oh wow! How awesome is this place. I’ve never even heard of it. Thanks for sharing. I love finding new places for adventure travel. I will have to check it out with my family.

    • July 29, 2014


      Oh for sure, Maya! You and your family would have a great time there! I’m amazed at how many people haven’t heard of the Aerial Park and Zip Lining yet…I am to change that! Thanks for entering!

  16. July 29, 2014

    Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo

    Probably the zip line. I figure it’s the one where I would injure myself the least. I’m getting old you know.

    I was one of the people that thought that Camp Fortune was just skiing. Thanks for enlightening me.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    • July 29, 2014


      LOL! Hey…if this old lady can do it without hurting myself, you can too Sarah. You’re just a young thing 🙂 Glad you have been enlightened just like I was. Tell your friends…I’m finding out many people think, like we did, that Camp Fortune is only for skiing. Thanks for entering!!

  17. July 29, 2014


    Great! Love it

    • July 29, 2014


      Thanks for stopping by to check it out, Mike!

  18. July 29, 2014

    Leigh-Ann Murphy

    Oh boy the free fall air bag jump looks amazing!!

    • July 29, 2014


      You are so right, Leigh-Ann – simply amazing! Not something everyone gets to do. Hope you get a chance! Thanks for entering!

  19. July 28, 2014

    Francois Lavoie

    i would try the zip line obstacle course.

    • July 29, 2014


      Good for you, Francois! I’m sure you’d love it. I can’t wait to try the next level up 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  20. July 28, 2014


    Totally the Air Bag jump!!!

    • July 28, 2014


      Sounds like you’d love it, Summer! Thanks for entering!

  21. July 28, 2014

    Jennifer (momvstheboys)

    so adventurous you guys are! way to go! I am not a big fan of heights so this all looks super scary, you should be proud of yourselves!

    • July 28, 2014


      Thanks Jen!! Take it from me…super scary at first, but so worth it! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

  22. July 28, 2014

    Bonnie Way

    Wow, that looks like a whole ton of fun! My kind of place!!! 🙂 I love the fact that they have such a wide variety of activities. Thanks for sharing!

    • July 28, 2014


      Glad to hear it’s the kind of place you would enjoy too, Bonnie! Yes, a great variety of activities to do there – something for everyone. Thanks for entering!

  23. July 28, 2014


    What a thrill eh?? I went for the first time last year. I used muscles I never knew existed!! I conquered many fears and was so proud of what I accomplished!

    • July 28, 2014


      Woo hoo! So glad you got the chance to go, Jenn! LOL…you made a great point! I was sore the next day and finally realized it was all the climbing…using all the muscles I never knew I had 🙂 Glad you felt proud of what you accomplished! Thanks for stopping by!

  24. July 28, 2014


    I like the zip line the best. Looks like fun. Enjoyed your video 🙂

    • July 28, 2014


      Thanks Cruiser! Lol…I still laugh at myself every time I watch it. Can’t believe I rolled off the air bag! Thanks for entering!

  25. July 28, 2014


    I think that my wife would love laughing at me on the Air Jump… since I’m scared of heights. 🙂

    • July 28, 2014


      Yay Andrew! So happy to hear I have some company when it comes to the heights…and being laughed at 🙂 Yes, I have a feeling your wife would get a good laugh out of that too! Thanks for entering!

  26. July 28, 2014

    Nicole B

    the freefall air bag jump looks like it would such great fun

    • July 28, 2014


      Definitely a blast, Nicole!! Thanks for entering 🙂

  27. July 28, 2014


    I am not sure I would be brave enough for the freefall jump. How age has made me feel too mortal… At 18 I bungee jumped, now I would never consider it.

    I would love the zip line. I trust the lines and equipment to keep me going back home in one piece.

    What an awesome day you had!

    • July 28, 2014


      I can SO relate to what you’ve said, Karen! Age definitely changes your perspective on things. I’m still debating on trying bungee jumping one of these days…but haven’t convinced myself yet 🙂 Thanks for reading and entering!

  28. July 28, 2014

    Rubby N.

    I would want to do the Freefall Air Bag Jump, but my kids would love the zip line.

    • July 28, 2014


      Luckily you could go and do both, Rubby, keeping everyone happy 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  29. July 28, 2014

    Brenda A

    YES! OH YES! I would love to do the high ropes course (and not just to look stylin’ in the yellow hard hat) and I would love to jump onto that giant pillow! My girls have been asking about a kids ropes course, too so this looks amazing! And so close! Boy, that’s a lot of exclamation marks.

    • July 28, 2014


      Hahaha!! I LOVE your enthusiasm, Brenda!! Stylin’ in the yellow hard hat…is that what you call it? I call it not fit for public photos, lol, but you’ve got to wear that safety equipment right? Sounds like you and your family should definitely head to Camp Fortune! I think you’d have a blast! Thanks for entering 🙂

  30. July 28, 2014

    Mark V

    airbag jump for sure, the feeling of falling but being safe would be cool

    • July 28, 2014


      I can definitely see you enjoying the air bag jump, Mark! Lol..yep..the only reason I would jump off the scaffolding is because of being able to safely land on that big air bag 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  31. July 28, 2014

    Doris H.

    I would most like to try the Freefall Airbag Jump…sounds like a thrill.

    • July 28, 2014


      Yes, and a thrill you get to do 3X, Doris 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  32. July 28, 2014

    Lesley Delamorandiere

    Freefall Air Bag Jump looks like so much fun!!

    • July 28, 2014


      Oh it definitely is, Lesley! I bet you’d love it! Thanks for entering 🙂

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