WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT THESE JUMPS IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
Cliff jumping is performed by jumping off a cliff without any equipment. Whereas with equipment it is known as BASE jumping. In 2015, the highest cliff jump ever was recorded by Laso Schaller, who jumped an impressive 193ft in Switzerland. There aren’t many places as high as this when cliff jumping around Vancouver, however you’re sure to find some amazing spots or discover some new places but just be sure to take as many precautions as you can.
A short drive north of Vancouver is Lynn Canyon, based in Lynn Canyon National Park. The jumps around here are extremely dangerous due to the amount of shrubbery at the top of the cliff, as well as the slippery rocks at the jumping point.
Lynn Canyon is home to a 100ft jump, which is sheer enough in itself, however whoever decides to tackle this must also try to jump far enough forward to reach the center of the rock pool. This jump is definitely not for beginners as there is little room to make the jump, not to mention the water is shallow in parts, so please ensure an experienced jumper accompanies you.
There is a ready made water slide, or as the locals call it, ‘bum slide.’ With a 30ft drop, the strong current definitely propels you down. Some people get injured due to the forceful flow as you can easily get pinned underwater. If you’re not a strong swimmer or if the currents are too forceful, it will leave you in a vulnerable position, so it’s wise to avoid this one.
This is followed by a rock pool where there is another 40ft drop! There are also lots of small rock pools with jumping spots throughout. Another popular spot at Lynn Canyon is Indian Head. A 60ft jump over a waterfall where you can get creative as there are different vantage points to drop off.
A short 6km drive from Lynn’s Canyon to Capilano. This is a popular tourist spot with a famous suspension bridge, however Granny’s grove doesn’t require the 30$ entrance fee which you need if you want to visit the bridge.
The walk to Granny’s Cove avoids the crowds of people visiting the bridge, and once you arrive, it is a lot more laid back than that of Lynn’s canyon, with far less people jumping. There are a few spots to try along the Capilano river and with the river and cliffs being more open, it is not as extreme as Lynn’s Canyon. However, the cliffs are still high enough to provide a challenge and petrify any beginner.
We would not advise trying the rope swing, as the tree the rope is hanging from, looks pretty dead. There is also a hidden spot between Cable Pool and Granny’s Cove, with the deepest part at the half way point of the pool.
This one is a popular spot with about 30-60 drop offs and a perfect place to watch the sunset. It can be a difficult place to find, so go with someone who has been before. It is located within walking distance from Lynn’s canyon. There are lots of ropes available to jump off into the ocean, which is much warmer than the colder North Van River.
Cliff jumping around Vancouver offers lots of cool spots. And in the Summer it stays light until around 10 pm, providing plenty of opportunity to do lots of fun stuff. The cliff jumping spots are an excellent place to hang out with friends, so even if you don’t want to jump you can still have a great time in the natural surroundings.
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