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Why Lake Lanier Canopy Tours is zipping away
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Lake Lanier Canopy Tours is shutting down its business after Sunday, May 19 because of increased operational costs. Sunday, May 19 marks the last day people can experience the high-adventure services. (Courtesy Lake Lanier Canopy Tours

Lake Lanier Canopy Tours will no longer fulfill thrill-seekers’ craving for adventure.

Sunday, May 19 is its last day of business.

Located on 7000  Lanier Islands Parkway in Buford, the outdoor adventure service has served the area for more than nine years.

Shane Sullards, co-owner of Canopy Tours, said he decided to shut down the business for a couple of reasons.

“Increasing the cost of operations, that’s the primary one,” he said. “We’ve had some declining bills over the last couple of years because of less people zipping.”

Sullards, who shares the business with his wife Stephanie, said the two will move away from “stuff in the highs.” This involves a career with ropes, climbing, zip lining and other activities that reach treetop heights.

The couple will devote their attention to their older business, which is a team-building center that works with Lanier Islands.

Over the past nine years, Sullards said he has hired around 220 part-time guides. About 20 will remain on staff until closing day.

Sullards plans to make Saturday night a special day at Canopy Tours by honoring all of the past zip line guides.

“Our guides are the No. 1 compliment we get from everybody,” Sullards said. “They’re full of life and we wanted to do a big send-off for them.”

If there’s one aspect he will treasure the most about his time at Canopy Tours, Sullards said it would be meeting the guests.

On Wednesday, May 15 he helped fulfill a kid’s zip-lining dream through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“It was a hard day because it was a kid, but there were a lot of smiles,” Sullards said. “Being able to provide those types of experiences for all kinds of people from all kinds of areas in life — that’s what I’ll miss the most.”

Sullards encourages people to check out North Georgia Ultimate Canopy Tours in Lula, which also provide zip-lining services.

Despite bidding a bittersweet farewell to his business, Sullards embraces the unpredictability of life.

“My consistent challenge to my children is that life is in seasons,” he said. “No matter how good or bad it is, it’ll change.”

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