n Treetop Flyers’ employee Jean Strong and Michael Ratcliffe of Wales try out the Screaming Eagle Swing

n Treetop Flyers’ employee Jean Strong and Michael Ratcliffe of Wales try out the Screaming Eagle Swing

Chase attraction offers high-flying thrills

This summer, Treetop Flyers is introducing the Screaming Eagle Swing, a unique new tourism attraction for Chase and the Shuswap.

Soon Eagles won’t be the only airborne beings screaming over Chase.

This summer, Treetop Flyers is introducing the Screaming Eagle Swing, a unique new tourism attraction for Chase and the Shuswap.

“There isn’t anything similar to the Screaming Eagle outside of the Lower Mainland,” said Treetop co-owner Ron Betts. “There are swings at a couple of other operations but nothing of this magnitude for sheer height, drop distance and thrill.

“We wanted the experience to be world-class and, from our first taste, we knew we had achieved that.”

The swing allows up to three riders to be winched to a maximum height of 95 feet. A rider then pulls a rope attached to a quick-release mechanism. Participants then drop 30 feet before swinging in a large arc, covering approximately 180 feet of travel.

The participants will accelerate to 80-kilometres an hour in just two seconds.

“We named it the Screaming Eagle for a good reason – this is going to be an amazing adrenalin experience,” said Betts, noting the name is also a tribute to the local ecology.

“Our ziplines all have names that relate to local wildlife, and it seemed fitting to include Eagles in that narrative.”

Pending final inspections by BC Safety Authority and Engineering sign off, the attraction will open to the public in the coming days, with a grand opening ceremony scheduled to take place in early August.

“We want people to know that we’ve got a product that holds its own against any adventure tourism product in the country. This is just one more reason people should take pride in Chase and everything the region has to offer.”

The swing is a partnership between Treetop Flyers Zipline and Steve Kostamo of Kostam Designs Inc.

Riders can choose to try the swing on its own or to experience it as part of a zipline/jump package.

For more information, visit the Treetop Flyers Facebook page.