Top 5 Attractions in BC for People Who Have the Need for Speed

June 21, 2016
Outdoor activities such as mountain biking and ziplining have become top attractions in BC for people who enjoy fast-paced adventures.

Outdoor activities such as mountain biking and ziplining have become top attractions in BC for people who enjoy fast-paced adventures.

What is it about high-speed activities that excite our senses? Whatever it is, some people just love to go fast. Fortunately, there are plenty of attractions in BC for thrill-seekers who have the need for speed.

In this post, we’re going to focus on things to do in BC around the Nelson area that’ll get your heart pounding.


Retallack Heli-biking Tours 

If high-end extreme sports are your thing, then a backcountry mountain biking tour (or better yet, a heli-biking tour) with Retallack is the thing for you. With some of the most expansive terrain on the planet, this is one of those must-try attractions in BC for avid bikers. 

Depending on the package you choose, you’ll enjoy:

  • Winding single-track descents (up to 6,000 vertical feet!)
  • All-mountain/enduro
  • Freeriding

Located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains—about one hour north of Nelson by car—Retallack’s lodge provides luxury accommodation and meals.


Nelson Cycling Club

Keeping with the mountain biking theme, the Nelson Cycling Club has assembled a definitive trail map book. It highlights the top local riding areas, including:

  • Mountain Station
  • Svoboda
  • Smallwood
  • North Shore
  • Blewett


Nelson Whitewater Rafting

Put your paddling skills to the test as you battle Class 2 and 3 rapids along the Slocan River! That’s what’s in store when you book a kayaking tour with the Nelson Whitewater Rafting Co.

With the weather heating up in July and August, this is the perfect time to take the plunge.


Kokanee Mountain Zipline

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to fly at speeds of up to 100km/h, perhaps it’s time you booked a ziplining tour with Kokanee Mountain Zipline. Ziplines have become one of the top attractions in BC because they offer a unique blend of:

  • Speed and excitement
  • Safety
  • Scenery 

You don’t have to be an extreme athlete to enjoy ziplines. In fact, if you can walk for 10 minutes along a forest path, you’ll have no problem handling the zipline course at Kokanee Mountain. In fact, guests as old as 88, and as young as five, have thoroughly enjoyed themselves while ziplining along Kokanee Creek canyon. 

Related: What Do Seniors Think About Ziplining in the Kootenay Mountains?


Kootenay Flyboard

As the name suggests, flyboarding gives you the sensation of flight. As one of the newer things to do in BC for adrenaline junkies, it involves strapping your feet into a special board, which is attached via a hose to a jet ski. The propulsion of the jet ski is channelled through the hose and to the device, which then lifts the rider into the air.

Most people pick up flyboarding in a matter of minutes. Once you have your balance, you can dip, dive and hover anyway you like. Located on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, Kootenay Flyboard offers rental rates for:

  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Corporate events


Looking for attractions in BC that are safe and family-friendly, yet exhilarating? Book a ziplining tour in Nelson with Kokanee Mountain Zipline.