Best Places to Get an Adrenaline Rush on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is a place of tranquillity and relaxation. From the beautiful forest paths and incredible ocean vistas to the quiet cities and small towns, there is no doubt that this Island is one of the top places in the world to visit if you’re looking for peace and quiet. Sometimes though, it’s nice to have some adventure! There are lots of Vancouver Island adrenaline junkies because the natural tranquillity of the Island mixed with heart pounding adventures is the perfect juxtaposition. So if you’re looking for once-in-a-lifetime adrenaline rushes that are set against the pristine beauty of West Coast nature, have we got the list for you! 

Near Victoria:

Adrena LINE Zipline Adventures: 5128C Sooke Rd, Sooke, BC

Perfect for anyone staying nearby at Pacific Coast Beach House, Arbutus Hill and an easy trip from any EMR Victoria or EMR Sidney properties, your zipline experience begins with an eight minute off-road adventure to an incredible location in the wilderness. Spanning 100 acres of pristine coastal rainforest, there are eight different zipline routes where you can soar over and through the magnificent evergreens. 

Wild Play: 1767 Island Hwy #15, Victoria, BC 

Wild Play Victoria is the quintessential adventure park for all ages and ideal for anyone staying at The Corazon, Landmark Executive Sub Penthouse, Nature’s Gate Executive Vacation Home, or any other EMR Victoria and EMR Sidney properties! Whether you want to try axe throwing, climb new heights in the adventure course or zipline through the trees, you can do all that and more! 

Cowichan Valley:

The Raptors: 1877 Herd Rd. Duncan, BC

For 20 years, The Raptors has been the place for bird nerds to get a closer look at some of the most graceful and dangerous predators of the sky. Come visit to see flying demonstrations and have hands-on experiences with these beautiful animals and learn why many raptors are on the brink of being endangered. There’s no better place to get up-close-and-personal with these beautiful, intelligent creatures. For anyone staying nearby at Beachside Living at Cherry Point, Beachside Cottage on Saanich Inlet, Cowichan Valley Wine Country Retreat, you’re right around the corner and this is an an easy trip for visitors staying at any EMR Victoria property!  

Near Nanaimo:

Skydive Vancouver Island: 1515 Island Hwy E, Nanoose Bay, BC

There are few things in life that are more nerve wracking than jumping out of an airplane but if you’re looking for an exhilarating way to get that adrenaline rush, this is it! At Skydive Vancouver Island, you have an incredible opportunity to skydive over some of the most stunning landscapes with the verdant Island and sparkling ocean all around you. Nanoose Bay Country Home is the perfect home base to rent for anyone looking for a unique, West Coast, skydiving adventure.  

Wild Play Nanaimo: 35 Nanaimo River Rd, Nanaimo, BC

Whether you’ve taken the leap before or not, this is the place on Vancouver Island to bungy jump. No matter whether you’re a hardcore, head-first kind of person or if you prefer a more mellow, tandem sit and swing experience, there are lots of options! Plus, you can scale the adventure park, try axe throwing and more – perfect if you’re looking for a fun afternoon activity while staying at Hammond Bay Executive Stay

Vancouver Island Soaring Centre: 7400 Airport Rd, Port Alberni, BC

Many of us have had experiences in airplanes, whether we’re taking an international flight on a large carrier or taking a short trip on a smaller jet, the miracle of flight is such a ubiquitous part of our modern world. At the Vancouver Island Soaring Centre, just a quick drive from Columbia Beach House and White Heron Oceanfront Estate, visitors get to have a completely different flying experience. Buckle up in one of their state-of-the-art two seat gliders and get incredible 360º views of this stunning Island. Choose one of their three pre-arranged flights or build your own custom flight and take the lead on choosing where you go! 

Central & North Island:

Eagles Flight Zip Tour: Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Courtenay, BC

If you’re looking for the ultimate ziplining adventure, the Eagles Flight Zip Tour at Mount Washington is where you’ll find it! With multiple lines all over 1000ft long, at Eagles Flight, you’ll be zooming over the treetops and down the mountain face, reaching speeds of up to 100km/hr! This is an awesome way to spend a beautiful summer day while staying at the nearby Kye Bay Beach House!

Coastal Wilderness Adventures: 1003 Island Hwy Slip B3, Campbell River, BC

If your idea of heart pounding fun is reeling in an enormous fish, this is the adventure for you! Campbell River is one of the best areas in the world for fishing and is known as a bucket list destination for most fishing enthusiasts! Whether you want to do some river fishing or if you’re eager to get out on the ocean to catch the big one, Coastal Wilderness Adventures can make sure that you have a great time! No matter which EMR property you’re staying at, for avid anglers, this is worth the trip!

49 North Helicopters: 2200 Airport Dr, Campbell River, BC

If you’re looking for a truly unique adventure, you’ll want to get off the beaten track. Whether you love hiking, fishing or paddling – up your game with 49 North Helicopters and choose one of their adventure packages where you can get a helicopter ride to hike, fish or paddle in some of the most unique, remote locations on Vancouver Island. Just looking for a sightseeing tour from a chopper? No problem! Even if you’re staying a three hour drive away in James Bay at Harbourview Executive at the Reef this is worth the drive! 

Sea Wolf Adventures: 1514 Broughton Blvd, Port McNeill, BC

Vancouver Island is known for its expansive wilderness and bio-diverse oceans where everything from friendly seals and playful octopi to enormous grizzlies and majestic eagles live and thrive. If seeing some of these incredible creatures is on your list while you’re visiting, Sea Wolf Adventures is a great place to start. Located in Port McNeil, this indigenous owned and operated company not only gives guests unrivalled access to the habitats of the beautiful Grizzly Bears but are members of the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis people and are deeply and spiritually connected to the land and the animals that live here. 

Clayoquot Sound:

Westside Surf School: 150 Fourth St, Tofino, BC

Some of the best surfing in the world can be found in the stunning Clayoquot Sound near the little towns of Tofino and Ucluelet on the far West Coast of Vancouver Island. If you’ve always wanted to give it a try, this is the spot to go for incredible beaches and top notch instructors. If you’re an avid surfer, you’ll find some of the best, most challenging waves along this coastline that will test your skills and make you work for that ride. 

West Coast Wild Adventures: 140 Bay St, Ucluelet, BC & 51861 Highway # 4 – On your way to Pacific Rim National Park Clayoquot Plateau Provincial Park, BC

If you want to do a little of everything, West Coast Wild Adventures is the perfect place to start. They have incredible canyon ziplining, river paddling on the calm, clear waters of Kennedy River and float plane tours where you can book incredible tours of remote locations and see them from a completely unique vantage point!