Upla | Jumps in kind

A huge bouncy playground up 20 feet in the air opens this Saturday, about 30 minutes from Montreal. Our journalist lived the Uplå experience, a unique attraction in North America, with two of her daughters. Printouts.

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Veronique Laroque

Veronique Laroque
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Flavie, 4, and Violette, 8, were looking forward to our visit to Uplå. It must be said that they were immediately fascinated by my description of the activity: trampolines in the trees.

At the foot of Mont Saint-Grégoire in Montérégie, I found that the Uplå world was even more surprising than I had imagined. Eyes round like bullets, my daughters confirmed to me that this was also the case for them.

Forget the trampolines found in various indoor theme parks. At Uplå we jump on colorful nets. A technique inspired by Breton sailors, Jean-François Couture, marketing manager at Trekking Group, the company behind the seven Arbraska parks in Quebec, will explain to us later.


Photo by Dominick Gravel, LA PRESSE

Jean-François Couture, Marketing Manager at Trekking Group

The feel on these giant cobwebs is also very different than on a normal trampoline. The team on site described it to us as a “feeling of weightlessness”.

As I plunge with my daughters into the amazing upward spiral that transports us 20 feet into the air, I tame this unique sensation. Each step is uncertain, as if it is absorbed by the perforated soil on which I proceed.


Photo by Dominick Gravel, LA PRESSE

The spiral that gives visitors access to the trampolines

We come out on a first trampoline: a large black net, which we jump on in peace. It’s honestly impressive to jump and sit!

There are only five of us on the trampoline, but I find that it moves a lot. Flavie, who has already fallen twice, agrees with me. What will the Uplå experience look like when the facilities become busier? Patrols responsible for visitor safety will be on hand to enforce a limited number of people per day. trampoline, reassures Jean-François Couture os. “We will open classes for families”, he adds, so that the youngest children can “acquire the seats” at their own pace.

Seven trampolines

After about ten minutes in the net, the whole family manages to keep the balance better, even when a group of young people run past.

Next, we explore the seven interconnected trampolines that make up the Uplå universe. On one of them there are giant balls that you can throw or jump. On another we play dodgeball. There is even a double decker trampoline!


Photo by Dominick Gravel, LA PRESSE

Double covers the trampoline

We go where we want at Uplå. There is no way to follow. “We like to create free universes. […] We wanted to provide a suitable place for the child to discover gravity, motor skills and nature on their own, ”explains Jean-François Couture.

What is this hole in the trampoline? One of the site’s three net slides. Girls hesitate to try it. It seems pretty steep. Eventually we take turns to leave. It was our favorite of the day.


Photo by Dominick Gravel, LA PRESSE

A hole in the trampoline leads to one of the square’s three net slides.

wooden houses

Uplå is also a village hung in the trees, similar to those in the Arbraska Parks of Rigaud and Rawdon. Ropes, catwalks and nets connect these “smurf houses” as Flavie christened them. This one especially likes to cross the tunnel in nets that lead to the cottage decorated with daisies. Me, a little less. Let’s say that its limited dimensions represent a challenge for adults.

  • The hanging village

    Photo by Dominick Gravel, LA PRESSE

    The hanging village

  • Not easy for adults to cross this tunnel, which greatly entertains children.

    Photo by Dominick Gravel, LA PRESSE

    Not easy for adults to cross this tunnel, which greatly entertains children.

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After 45 minutes of jumping and running we need a break. Across the street, the Charbonneau sugar bush has a snack bar where you can recharge your batteries. Slap in hand refueled Jacob Patenaude there. How does the 11-year-old boy find the Uplå experience? “The first 10 minutes are difficult to adapt. Afterwards you jump higher and higher, it’s really cool “, he says before he runs to join his friends.


Photo by Dominick Gravel, LA PRESSE

Jacob Patenaude, 11 years

“Really cool” is also the description my daughters used during the two hour long activity.

The elders also find their account there, Jean-François Couture maintains. “The adult has as much fun as the child. Companies have also planned to hold team building sessions there.

With this park open 12 months out of 12, the Uplå team wants to encourage young and old to “let go of the screens and reconnect with nature”.

To see the wide smile from the children present during our visit, we can say that the mission is complete.

“Are we coming back, Mom?” Asks Violette, her cheeks flushed from having jumped so much, on her way back. “We’ll be back, that’s for sure. »

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