Adrenaline junkies take heed. If your idea of fun includes zooming through the air with a forest canopy below you and a view of Kootenay Lake in the distance, you’re in luck.
The first commercial zipline in the West Kootenay will begin construction Friday as Kokanee Mountain Zipline breaks ground near Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, 20 kilometres north of Nelson. Owners and brothers Jay and Todd Manton are building the tourist attraction on 44 hectares of land located up Kokanee Creek Forest Service Road.
They plan to offer fully guided tours starting July 1 through a series of six zip lines with a mixture of short hikes in between.
The longest zipline is a whopping 609 metres (2300 feet) and its velocity can reach 100 kilometres per hour.