Endless adventure here at home - Metro US

Endless adventure here at home


Who says you have to travel to far-off places to experience wild adventures? We have the best stuff in our own backyard. All you have to do is look, sign up and experience it!

Vancouver is the most breathtaking city at any time of the year. However, there is nothing better than when daylight saving time kicks in and we are blessed with more sunshine!

The bright evenings mean that we can once again get outside after work and enjoy all of Vancouver’s beautiful surroundings. For those of you who need a kickstart into spring, here are a few cool ideas that will get you pumped up, leave you breathless and inspire you to create more adventures.

Winter is not over just yet and there is still a ton of snow on the local hills. Spring is the best time to get you, your friends and family up the hill to enjoy our mountains. The best way to do this is by purchasing a Grouse Mountain Y2Play Pass. This ultimate pass allows you to ski or snowboard for the rest of this season as well as the 2007-08 season for just one low price. You can’t ski for cheaper anywhere else in the world. For more information check out www.grousemountain.com.

Just south of the town of Whistler lies Whistler Bungee. Owner Chris Rollett has created one of the coolest bridges high above the Cheakamus River and for just $100 you can jump off it. Why you ask? Bungee jumping is one of the most incredible things you can do to revive your spirit. You might be frightened to death about the fact that you are jumping off something this high. However, his awesome staff will put you at ease with inspiring tales and you will return to the bridge ready to tackle the world! Take the leap at www.whistlerbungee.com.

After hitting Whistler Bungee, head up to Whistler/Blackcomb and join in the fun at the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, from April 13-22. With more than 50 free concerts, sunny weather and awesome athletes going for the prize purse, you will be highly entertained. The village becomes one big party and the jaw-dropping big air competition will blow you away. There is nothing better than celebrating after a day out on the slopes with a cold one as the sunshine warms your body. All the information you need can be found at www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

Recently, I travelled to Victoria by Harbour Air Seaplanes. This is one of the coolest things I have done in a long while. It was so cool flying over Kitsilano, where I grew up, and having a bird’s eye view of all the places I hung out.

Harbour Air is the largest seaplane airline operation in the world and on top of their daily service routes, they offer unique, fun and easy getaways that are perfect for an afternoon or full day adventure. For more details visit www.harbour-air.com.

gear guide

Helly Hansen Ikaros Jacket

Description: The Ikaros jacket is the ultimate weapon for all your springtime adventures. Lightweight and durable three-layer Helly Tech fabrics, extra waterproof cuffs, and pit zips and vented pockets for awesome venting.

Price range: $374.99

Where to find it: www.hellyhansen.com

Sherpani Yote Yoga Bag

Description: The Yote Yoga Bag has a simple and clean design that is both functional and cool-looking. It is perfect for carrying your yoga or pilates gear and the unique mat holder keeps your yoga mat off the floor and acts as a top for the bag.

Price range: $109.99

Where to find it: www.bluerivertrading.com

Montrail Women’s Hurricane Ridge XCR

Description: Whether heading out for an ultra marathon or a simple 25-minute jaunt through your local trails, the Hurricane Ridge XCR is comfortable, light and offers full waterproof-breathability. Seam-free heel lining, broad toe box, and sawtooth tread to tackle the hardest terrain.

Price range: $179

Where to find it: www.montrail.com

SteriPEN Handheld Water Purifier

Description: SteriPEN destroys viruses, bacteria and protozoa-including giardia and cryptosporidium in seconds. The Adventurer is perfect for hikers or campers and its optional solar charging means you can use it on long adventures.

Price range: $149

Where to find it: www.steripen.com

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