What to Expect from Your Ziplining Adventure in the Kootenay Mountains

June 29, 2016
Stunning view of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake are just one thing you can expect from a ziplining tour at Nelson’s Kokanee Mountain Zipline. 

Stunning view of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake are just one thing you can expect from a ziplining tour at Nelson’s Kokanee Mountain Zipline. 

As one of the newer things to do in BC, ziplining tends to garner a lot of questions. There is understandably a lot of excitement (and perhaps a little trepidation) about this exhilarating outdoor activity.

The simple solution would be to just try it and see for yourself. However, we understand that people want to know what they’re committing to before they try ziplining in BC. At Kokanee Mountain Zipline, we like to prepare our guests so they know what to expect. We’re confident that once you’ve ridden our zipline course, you’ll be glad you did.


A Warm Welcome

First and foremost, we want you to feel welcome from the moment you arrive at our staging area, just off of Kokanee Glacier Park Road.

Upon arrival, you will be:

  • Greeted and introduced to your tour guides
  • Fitted with helmets and safety harnesses
  • Taken through a safety orientation of the course

We recommend you show up early so that no one feels rushed. It’ll also give you time to soak up the scenery around Kokanee Creek canyon.


The Zipline Course

We anticipated that some of our guests would feel a little tentative about trying ziplining for the first time. That’s why we developed our course to build confidence. The first few lines on our aerial park are shorter and lower to the ground than the others. This gives you a chance to ease into it.

As we proceed along the course—which takes about 2.5 hours to complete—the ziplines become more spectacular. Some of the course highlights include:

Longest zipline: 2,400 feet

Highest zipline: 300 feet above Kokanee Creek canyon

Fastest zipline: Up to 100km/h

Each of our six ziplines starts and finishes on a professionally engineered platform that is either suspended in trees or on cliff sides. This gives you a bird’s-eye view of the stunning surroundings, including:

  • Selkirk Mountains
  • Kootenay Lake
  • Kokanee Creek


Fun for the Whole Family

One of the major misconceptions about ziplining is that you have to be in peak physical condition to participate. Not true. One of the reasons why ziplining in BC has become so popular is that it’s a safe activity that the whole family can enjoy. It’s ideal for:

  • Reunions
  • Birthdays
  • Corporate events
  • Family outings

Sure, it might get the heart racing a little faster as you careen down the mountainside, but in terms of physical exertion, not much is required. There’s a short nature walk between two of the ziplines, and that’s it. Gravity takes care of the rest!

To learn more about zipline safety, check out our post: Ziplining: A Safe Way to Excite the Senses.


If you’re looking for fun things to do in BC, call Kokanee Mountain Zipline. Our ziplining course is located less than 30 minutes from Nelson and is accessible for people of all ages and abilities.