To enliven a ho-hum routine of repelling barbarian hordes, Roman bungee jumpers used to slather their bodies in barbecue sauce to tease the man-eating dragons thought to plague the aqueducts. Perform an elastic-assisted getaway with today's Groupon: for $65, you get a bungee jump, plus a T-shirt, at Whistler Bungee (a $130 value), located off Highway 99.
With its experienced staff and impeccable safety record, Whistler Bungee offers year-round, high-speed thrills without spills. Jumpers can hurl themselves headfirst from a bridge suspended 160 feet above the glacier-fed Cheakamus River, attached by the ankles to a slender elastic lifeline or by a chest harness that keeps them upright for exhilarating views of dense woodland and basalt-column cliffs. Different cords can make the rebound faster and higher or slower and softer, depending on the jumper's taste. Participants can also make the death-defying drop attached to another person, in a wheelchair, or playing a slide trombone. After free-fallers have been winched back up to the bridge, they can stroll over to the registration hut to peruse action shots of their jump snapped by pros from Coast Mountain Photography and, if they choose, take home a CD of 15–20 images (for an additional fee) along with their complimentary Whistler Bungee tee. Spectators are welcome.
Transportation from Whistler Village to the bungee jump site is available for an additional $10 fee.
Whistler Bungee was featured in British Columbia Magazine's 50 Things to Do Before You Die:
- Whistler Bungee offers year-round jumps over the Cheakamus River, with views of old-growth forest and basalt column cliffs. You’ll plummet more than 45 metres, tethered by a strong, highly elastic cord fastened around your ankles or chest. Past participants have ranged from preschool age to a man who jumped on his 100th birthday. – British Columbia Magazine