How far is 10,000 feet? It’s about one-and-a-half harbours–from the Battery to the dockyard. Walking at a brisk clip it’s far enough to break a sweat, but dangling off a rope, zipping over Petty Harbour treetops, it’s nearly enough to give you a heart attack.
New Petty Harbour-based zipline company, North Atlantic Zip Lines, held their first heart palpitating tours of the season, and ever, on June 12. The company offers more than just a single zip line burst of excitement. Their two-and-a-half hour tour takes you through a maze of ten different zip lines ranging in length from 300 to 2000 feet each, 10,000 feet in total. The tour takes zippers high into, and above, the hills overlooking Petty Harbour, where between zips they are treated to interpretive displays about local history and geography and looks through high-powered telescopes at bergs, whales, ships, or locals frolicking in Motion (hopefully not Sickness) Bay.
Interested zippers meet at North Atlantic Zip Lines’ office in the Bidgood’s Tourist Information Centre on the main drag in Petty Harbour, where they will be loaded into a van and shuttled to base camp to catch a ride in a crazy storming-d-day-beaches-looking Swedish skidoo/tank called a Hagglunds (which might be worth the price of admission alone) to the first zipline.
Tours run daily at 9am, 12, 3, and 6pm and cost $100 for full-grown zippers and $85 for students and little zippers between eight and 18. Reservations aren’t required, but highly recommended. Full details can be found at zipthenorthatlantic.com.