Frequently Asked Questions
What is cable wakeboarding and a wake park?
Wakeboarding is traditionally practiced behind a boat in the same manner as waterskiing except you are riding a board inspired by the qualities found in surfing and snowboarding. It is a physically challenging sport that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all ages and skill levels.
Wake parks feature a straight-line electric cableski system that pulls the rider across the water without the need for a motorized boat. The wake park course resembles that of a skate or snow park wherein riders have the opportunity to perform tricks on jumps and rails located on both the left and right sides of the cableway.
How does the straight-line cable system work?
The “System 2.0” at The Timmins Wake Park consists of two towers linked by a straight-line cable and a 15HP electric motor that rotates the cable wherein a ‘carrier’ then pulls the rider along the water for a continuous ride back and forth between each tower. In other words, once the rider reaches the end of the line, the cable reverses and heads back to the start dock without having to stop at any point.
If the rider should fall, the driver will stop the cable and bring the rope right back to them so they can start right back up again from where they had fallen off.
How long is a “session”?
One session is equivalent to a 10 minute time slot, which usually averages out to about 8 minutes of riding time once you are ready to go on the start dock. Each ride is a continuous loop back and forth. The course itself stretches 200m between each tower; that’s equivalent to almost 3,864m of riding distance each session!
Will I need my own equipment?
No. Rental equipment can be provided for an additional charge ($5/session, $10/day, $30/month, $100/season). Please be reminded that a life vest and helmet are mandatory at all times when riding.
Is the cable safe for beginners?
Yes. The System 2.0 is by far the simplest and easiest way to learn how to wakeboard. With the cable operator able to adjust the speed and a certified instructor on hand allows for comfort and safety at all times; it makes for the ideal learning situation for beginners and kids. The upwards pull enables effortless starts and has proven to provide the steepest learning curve to beginners than any other tow device on the market.
Will someone be there to teach me?
Yes. A certified instructor will always be on hand to help improve your skills. We cater to all ages and skill levels.
Why are reservations strongly recommended?
The System 2.0 can only take one rider at a time. Therefore a reservation system is in place to help avoid unnecessary congestion, and establish a certain flow and predictability for day-to-day operations. Drop in sessions will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
What happens if I don't show up for my reservation?
We kindly ask that you show up at least ten minutes before your session otherwise you risk someone else taking your spot. Unless advance notice is given, your reservation will be cancelled and you can reschedule again at your earliest convenience.
In case of bad weather, will the park be closed?
The Timmins wake park is open rain or shine! However in the event of thunder showers, the park will close and all reservations will be cancelled. Would be participants can then reschedule at their earliest convenience.
How does wakeboarding affect water quality and wildlife at Gillies Lake?
Wake parks should be considered an environmentally friendly project that utilizes our waterfronts in a responsible and respectful manner. The 15 HP electric motor is emission-free and consumes on average 7.5 KWh per day.
Wakeboarding can actually improve water quality over time and directly benefit the immediate ecosystem by adding a constant supply of oxygen to the water. Studies have indicated that the action of watersports can cause an increase in the oxygen content in the water. This process is most advantageous in shallow waters, waters that have minimal fresh water exchange and a high incidence of algae growth.
As for wildlife, they remain out of harm’s way because a safe distance of at least 50 feet from the shoreline is maintained at all times.