Pulse-Pounding Adventure in the Northwest

Are you looking for a dull, hum-drum vacation this summer or would you prefer a vacation full of excitement and adventure? If you’re looking for a relaxing spa retreat, you probably won’t find these suggestions suitable. If you’re looking for non-stop thrills and a full-on adrenaline rush, read on! Vancouver is the destination for those seeking pulse-pounding adventure this summer.

Here are the top five ways to spice up your summer vacation in Vancouver:

1. Ziplining

Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Imagine strapping on a helmet, suspending yourself under a cable and flying through the treetops like a super hero. Does it sound unbelievable? Lucky for you, the dream can become a reality in British Columbia. Book a trip to Whistler and book a ticket with Ziptrek Ecotours. Guests can spend from two to 4.5 hours touring the forest and flying through the trees hanging by nothing but a harness and a cable. The rush is truly unbelievable!

Alternately, you can head to Grouse Mountain and take a two-hour ride on a zipline that reaches speeds of up to 80km/hr. Crossing between the peaks of Dam Mountain and Grouse Mountain, you’ll find yourself screeching louder than the birds you pass!

2. Bungee Jumping

Whether you’re a bungee veteran or a jumping virgin, you’ll experience thrills like no other with Whistler Bungee. Standing on a narrow ledge, precariously perched 160-feet above jagged rocks, boulders and churning white-water rapids, you’ll have to remind yourself to breathe as you wait for your turn to plummet to the earth below. Are you brave enough to dive head first wearing only a harness as your stomach reaches up and grabs you by the throat?

Bungee Jump TBG

3. Sky Diving

For some, jumping out of a perfectly safe airplane makes no sense. For others, staying inside of a perfectly safe airplane is just too boring for words. If you fall into the second category, book a ticket with Skydive Vancouver in Abbotsford. For a mere $259, you’ll be flown to heights of 10,000 feet aboard a small airplane and strapped to a guide. Will you be able to keep your wits about you for 30 minutes as you climb into the sky, anticipating what comes next?

very colourful parachutes

4. Hang Gliding and Paragliding

Deimos Paragliding is one of the most popular gliding outfits in Vancouver. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to soar through the air like a bird in flight, now is the time to find out. Strapped under the broad wings of your glider, you will soar through the Coastal Mountains for 30 minutes. The cost of the flight is just $160! Don’t worry if you’ve never flown a glider: the cost of your ticket includes your instructor who will be strapped to the glider with you.

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, shell out an extra $40 and you can have a solo pilot lesson. If you pass muster, you’ll be permitted to take a solo training flight under the watchful eye of your instructor!

5. Spelunking

For those who prefer their adrenaline to course through their bodies while their feet are firmly planted on the ground, spelunking is the perfect choice. Main Cave and the Lower Main Cave are worthy of exploration and have self-guided tours available. Because you’ll want to protect your head and see where you’re going, plan on spending $8 to rent the required helmet.

If you’re looking for fun and adventure this summer, you’ll do no better than traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia. These people know how to do adventure and do it right! Whether you want to fly through the air with the greatest of ease or explore amazing underground caverns, you can do it in Vancouver.

About the author
Lee Parker is a travel agent and blogs for manchesterairporthotels.net, a site where you can find guides on Manchester Airport Hotels. She enjoys finding unique travel opportunities for her clients!