Would you jump off “The Rock”? Located just 20 minutes north of downtown Ottawa, Great Canadian Bungee is home to a 61-metre or 200-foot jump site known as “The Rock.” This jumping site is the only place in North America where you can experience a 200-foot drop into a spring-fed lagoon. And the 160-foot rebound from your jump is also higher than the entire bungee height of any other site in the United States and Canada!
Or if freefalling into a lagoon is not really your thing, you might want to give Great Canadian Bungee’s Ripride a try. The Ripride is a 1015-foot zipline ride that first goes over the ground before dropping 150 feet and taking its passenger soaring over the beautiful spring-fed lagoon. Drop off a cliff and then fly over the water at an average speed of 85 kilometres per hour!
Or why not go skydiving while you’re in Ottawa? Located just outside of Ottawa in nearby Gatineau, Que., Parachute Go Skydive (Go Skydive) has been specializing in skydiving since 2006. This local company offers “First Jump” tandem and experienced jumper programs. If you’ve never jumped before, follow a 15-minute training session and then experience a 200-kilometre per hour freefall! And once the parachute opens, glide to the ground slowly while taking in beautiful, scenic views of the Ottawa-Gatineau region and the Ottawa River.
If you’re an experienced skydiver, Go Skydive offers a Wingsuit School. In these training sessions, which require a minimum of 200 jumps, you can work with a coach to improve your flying skills.
If you’d rather not freefall, but you’d still like to get a bird’s eye view of Canada’s Capital, head to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum to experience a ride in a vintage 1939 open cockpit biplane! Operating out of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa Biplane Adventures offers five different tours in a WACO UPF-7 biplane, which was originally used as a trainer plane by the United States Military during the Second World War. Put on your helmet and goggles, and feel the wind blow through your hair as you take in scenic views of the Gatineau Hills, the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill. This is something everyone should do at least once!
Or if you’d like to see a lot of Ottawa in a short amount of time, opt for a ride in a small Robinson R44 bubble helicopter. Also operating out of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Héli-Tremblant offers helicopter tours of Ottawa varying between 10 and 20 minutes in length. Hop in and get crystal clear views of Ottawa from only 1,500 feet! Your pilot will also point out significant Ottawa landmarks all along the way.
And if you want to know what being a helicopter pilot is like, sign up for Héli-Tremblant’s Introductory Flight experience. This one-hour experience offers 30 minutes of on the ground instruction, where you will learn how a helicopter works and how it flies. After the ground session, you will head up into the air for a 30-minute flight where you’ll have the opportunity to take control of the Robinson and fly it yourself.
Or if a quieter, relaxing flight is what you’re after, take in the sights and sounds of Ottawa in a hot air balloon. Several different local companies offer early morning, daytime and evening flights. Some companies even end their one-hour balloon flights with a champagne toast!