This is a CONTEST POST with details on how to win at the end of this blog.
As JRfm’s Lifestyle Expert this week we chatted about how I want YOU to show your wild side – here’s how:
For a lot of us, the summer is a time when we feel more adventurous, spontaneous and up for the next challenge. Some of our extreme summer sports aren’t necessarily deadly, but they do instil a sense of danger which provides that thrill and excitement that many of us crave! There are many opportunities in BC to let your wild side run free and get that heart pounding! This week I’m recommending the most extreme adventures that will give you that adrenaline rush you’ve been waiting for.
Hang Gliding/Paragliding: UP, up and away! Take off into the air in a light aircraft with triangular wings. For beginners like myself there’s Grouse Mountain, probably one of the most gorgeous flying sites in North America. The Air Dance Hang Gliding School in Kamloops has an amazing course that teaches people about the theory of gliding, along with how to set up, secure a hang glider and launch on a training hill. Paragliding is a riff on hang gliding, except that you sit in a harness hanging from a parachute. For more experienced pilots, the three most popular and consistently flyable sites with the West Coast Soaring Club are Mount Woodside, Lower Bridal Falls, andPemberton.
BASE Jumping: Do you have enough courage to jump off a high point with just a parachute to break your fall? The Stawamus Chief in Squamish is a favourite location to do just that.
Skydiving: The extreme sport for thrill-seekers who have no fear of heights. You’ll freefall alongside rugged mountains that seem to stretch forever. Vancouver Skydive operates out of Pitt Meadows Municipal Airport, where your first jump is a tandem skydive with aseasoned professional.
Kiteboarding: Such a thrill ride! It’s all about strapping a kite to your board, heading out on the water and letting the wind do the rest! Vancouver Kiteboarding School in Squamish teaches both group and individual lessons from beginner to pro. Spanish Banks at Jericho or Ambleside are great spots to practice what you’ve learned, amongst spectacular mountains and cityscapes.
Parasailing: Not for people who fear high altitudes. Parasailing involves attaching one or two people to a parachute that’s tethered to a motorboat. Great opportunity to cruise around high above everything and really get a great bird’s eye view and see the sites. Kelowna’s Okanagan Parasailing Co. offers trips on Lake Okanagan.
Bungee Jumping: Feel the exhilaration of leaping from a bridge high above the glacial-fed Cheakamus River. This one will get the blood rushing for sure! Whistler Bungee Jumping features a 50-meter (160 foot) drop, British Columbia’s highest year-round bungee jumping venue.
Mountain Biking: Mountain biking is a big part of outdoor recreation in B.C. You can take your bike for anexhilarating and challenging ride in almost any mountainous community. Whistler’s world class mountain bike park with 1507 metres (5,000 ft.) of vertical and almost 300 kilometres of surrounding cross-country trails, there are endless opportunities to take your dream ride for a rip in the wilderness. For beginners, the Trek Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camps offer personalized instruction, professional programming, and an incredibly skilled, enthusiastic, and supportive coaching staff.
Rock Climbing: Be sure to get a secure grip as you pit yourself against the side of a mountain or rock face. The Via Ferrata(or “Iron Way”) is a unique and exciting way to climb Whistler Mountain, using an engineered vertical pathway with metal rung ladders and fixed cables for safety. Get ready for stunning mountain views, big skies and a huge sense of achievement when you reach the top. Plus a chance to see snow in summer! The Whistler Via Ferrata tour does not require special skills or previous mountaineering experience however a moderate – high level of fitness is recommended.
ATV Riding: So much fun! All-terrain vehicles (ATV) allow you the experienceof taking on some of B.C.’s toughest trails. TheSand Creek trail near Fernie is a 71-kilometre ride with an elevation of almost 2,000 metres, with lookouts over Kootenay Lake and Tie Lake.
Horse Riding/Ranching: Want to feel like one of the early pioneers? You can find horseback riding expeditions all over B.C. that will challenge you to tough it out and rough it like a cattle rancher. Bring your beef jerky! Chezacut Wilderness and Ranch Adventures offers packages where you can herd cattle through B.C.’s Chilcotin region and camp out in the wild. There are also many ranches in Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and Mission BC to saddle up for a trail ride such as Leghorn Ranch, MeadowRidge Stables and Mustang Riding Stables.
Whitewater Rafting: Not for the faint of heart! Challenge yourself to a river’s mercy with a whitewater rafting trip. This activity requires strategic navigation of a river’s current since one wrong move can send you flying out of your boat.The Kicking Horse River in Golden BC is one of the wildest and most intense recreational waterways in Canada and will get your adrenaline pumping. The middle and lower canyon are dominated by class 3 and 4 rapids with names like ‘Shotgun’ and ‘Roller Coaster,’ which hint at the thrills to come on your raft trip. For a more relaxing experience, sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery through the Rocky Mountains during a gentle float on the upper canyon. Chilliwack River Rafting Adventures also takes rafters on both day and overnight trips for experienced and first time rafters from their riverside resort.
Extreme Adventure Events:
The steepest 400 metre running race in the world, Red Bull 400, makes its return to Canada on Saturday, July 30 at Whistler Olympic Park16kms south of Whistler. Testing both speed and endurance, this race challenges athletes with a 400 metre dash straight up the ski jump’s 37-degree face. This year runners can register in one of three categories: solo full-distance, coed relay (4x100m), and a dedicated relay race for firefighters/police/EMS (4x100m).
Anyone can take part from the weekend warrior solo athlete to a relay team where each person tackles 100m of the steep hill.Spectators can also check out the action with shuttles going from the village to the venue in the Callaghan Valley (where you might see some bears munching clover on the side of the road on the way up). Shuttles start at 7:30am (for athletes) and go until 5pm. There will be food trucks on site for a fun lunch outing! Finals will take place around 1:30pm.
When: Saturday, July 30th 7:30 am to 5pm
Where: Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley
Wanderlust, producers of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, returns to Whistler, July 28-August 1. The four-day festival allows attendees to unplug from the ordinary and choose their own adventure from a variety of activities including yoga, live music, meditation, explorative hikes, kayaking, running treks, fine dining and more. This year, Wanderlust presents an unparalleled lineup of new offerings to inspire, surprise and delight.
What’s New and Not To Be Missed at Wanderlust Whistler 2016?
When: July 28 – August 1
Where: Whistler BC
This week we’ve got some great giveaways which includes a Weekend Whistler Adventure Giveaway
One lucky listener could win:
(2) three-day passes for the Wanderlust Whistler four-day yoga festival.
Passes are valid for Friday, July 29 through Sunday Aug 1. THIS contest is now OVER, CONGRATULATIONS to SHAYNE MCCARTHY from Maple Ridge who won the passes today!
Another lucky listener could WIN a Hotel and Spa Package:
Aava Whistler Hotel features stylish spaces, a social atmosphere, and attentive and genuine service. Guests of the Aava have access to complimentary GoPro Hero 4 HD cameras to capture their holiday as well as a Nespresso Cafe in the lobby to get the buzz going for the day’s adventures. Aava Whistler Hotel is pet friendly, has a heated outdoor pool and hot tub and offers free WiFi.
The Scandinavian baths experience, also known as hydrotherapy, cleanses the body and skin and improves blood circulation and physical conditioning, producing the effect of increased wellness andintense relaxation.
Tell us what brings out your wild side in the comments below and which prize you’d like to WIN!
Brace yourselves for some action and I’ll see you out there exploring all that Whistler has to offer this weekend!