Calling all adventure hounds. If you feel the need for speed, love to seek out high-flying thrills and crave the rush that comes from trying something new, then Alberta has you covered. Here are four off the chart choices that promise to push you to your edge.
Take Flight in Calgary
Imagine yourself perched atop Canada Olympic Park’s ski jump tower, strapped into a sturdy, comfortable harness and ready to fly down North America’s fastest zipline. Once you’ve had a practice session at the base of the hill you’ll be as prepared as you can be to reach a speed of up to 140 km/hr (87 mph). After, if you’re still craving more action, follow up with the Summer Bobsleigh Ride, which can be added on as part of the Winsport’s Adrenaline Combo package. Talk about a one-two punch!
Soar like a Bird
Experience the euphoric rush of riding a thermal, with hang-gliding lessons from Muller Windsports. After intensive ground school and flight training, you’ll be ready for the big bluffs above Cochrane – just west of Calgary. When the wind socket is a blowing straight out from the cliff, it’s a perfect day for gliding. Enjoy the ride and spectacular view of the Bow River Valley and Canadian Rocky Mountains to the west.
Wind on the Water
Kite and wind surfers rejoice! All around Alberta you’ll find lakes and reservoirs with ripping good wind conditions. Better yet, most of the popular wind sport spots offer equipment rentals and lessons. A favourite for windsurfing is the Ghost Reservoir, about 50 minutes west of Calgary. And the Ghost isn’t just for summertime. In winter, high winds keep the ice free of snow, making it a great place for ice sailing. If you’re in to kite surfing, Upper Waterton Lake in southern Alberta wins for spectacular scenery.
Ride the Rapids
There’s more than one way to tackle Alberta’s wet and wild river rapids. Choose from half-, full- or multi-day whitewater rafting adventures in the Canadian Rockies, Kananaskis Country and northern Alberta. Or, hang ten Kananaskis style – no ocean required. On a two-hour surf lesson with Rocky Mountain River Surfing you’ll learn how to ride Alberta’s river waves. Surfboard, wetsuit and expert instruction are all included, so just bring your sense of adventure.