Bungee Jumping in Whistler: All You Need to Know
Whistler is a mecca for extreme sports, so it’s no surprise that you can go bungee jumping here. Whistler Bungee operates from a location a few minutes drive south of Whistler.
History of Bungee Jumping
Who invented bungee jumping?
The origins of bungee jumping can be traced back to the tiny Pentecost Island, which is part of Vanuatu. Their practice differs from modern bungee jumping in that they jump towards, and actually hit the ground. They call it “land diving”. They use vines instead of bungee cord or modern rope.
The ritual is a courage test for young men passing into manhood. The young men climb 100 feet up a rickety wooden structure and jump, headfirst, with only vines wrapped around their ankles. The vine absorbs so much force that it doesn’t hurt when the jumper hits the ground.
The first modern iteration of bungee jumping happened in Bristol, England on April Fools Day 1979. The Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club jumped from the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Bungee jumping first became a commercial success in 1986. A. J. Hackett opened Kawarau Bridge Bungy at Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge near Queenstown in New Zealand. This was the catalyst for commercial bungee jumping that we find all over the world.
Whistler Bungee FAQs
How Much Does Bungee Jumping in Whistler Cost?
For a first time jumper with Whistler Bungee, the price is $140. If you’ve jumped with Whistler Bungee before then you are a member and each further jump costs only $80. If you don’t have your own vehicle, you can organize transport from Whistler Village through Whistler Bungee for a small fee.
You can reserve your bungee jump by visiting the Whistler Bungee website or by calling 604-938-9333.
Why Go Bungee Jumping in Whistler?
Bungee jumping is one of the few situations in the world where you can safely freefall from a great height. People love the feeling of freefalling, the adrenaline rush and the freedom of leaping from a platform.
When Can I Go Bungee Jumping in Whistler?
Bungee jumping in Whistler is open year-round. That's right, you can even go bungee jumping in Whistler over an icy river in winter! The only time that you can’t go bungee jumping in Whistler is when there’s a lightning storm. The bridge at Whistler Bungee is made of metal after all!
Bungee Jumping Facts
Is Bungee Jumping in Whistler Safe?
At first glance, bungee jumping seems like an absurd idea. Jumping off a bridge with only a piece of rope keeping you safe? But, if you look into the safety precautions you’ll see that bungee jumping is one of the safest extreme sports out there. The “rope” is actually a highly technical, factory-made braided shock cord. The cord strands are made from a highly durable latex, while there is a strong outer shell protecting them.
Since the 1980s there have been millions of bungee jumps made across the world. Bungee jump companies must abide by extremely strict safety guidelines and standards. Thanks to their incredibly high standards and meticulous staff Whistler Bungee has a perfect safety record.
Bungee Jump World Records
Macau Tower, Macau, China
This is the highest commercial bungee jump in the world. The launch pad is a staggering 233m / 764ft high. The jump is so high that new bungee cord and safety systems had to be invented! Bungee jumping pioneer AJ Hackett was brought on board to help revolutionize bungee jumping, again. One of the coolest things about bungee jumping at Macau Tower is that you can jump at night time!
Bloukrans Bridge, Western Cape, South Africa
This is the highest commercial bungee jump in a natural setting in the world. Jumping from 216m / 709ft above the Bloukrans River. With mountains surrounding you and the ocean in the background, this might just be one of the most scenic jumps in the world.
Whistler Bungee, Whistler, BC, Canada
Whistler has one of the most unique bungee jumping experiences in the world. Whistler Bungee is a 50m / 160ft high jump over the Cheakamus River. The river is glacially fed from the surrounding mountains and the area is covered in snow during the winter.