Bungee Jumping in Ottawa

Bungee Jumping in Ottawa

There is nothing more liberating then getting attached to a cord, shuffling to the end of a platform and jumping towards the water from a height of 200 feet. #Bungee jumping at Great Canadian Bungee (just outside of #Ottawa) is a must. It is an #affordable way to experience the #thrill of a lifetime and I can't wait to do it again.


You’re jumping alone?

Yup.

Is someone watching from below?

Nope.

So, you came all the way out here by yourself?

Yup.

That’s a first.

Me on the platform
Me on the platform
Foggy cliff
Foggy cliff

It was 7:00 am and this was the conversation between the jump instructors at Great Canadian Bungee and I as they readied me for my jump. They were confused by the fact that I would be going bungee jumping all by myself and obviously it wasn’t something they had encountered before, but they were happy to keep me company while I waited.

It didn’t phase me at the time; I’m used to people being curious and sometimes unable to understand my preference in travelling solo, but I found myself thinking more about it later that day.

Was bungee jumping (more so the act of doing something so unconventional/extreme) something you were supposed to share with other people? Did someone have to witness me doing this? Had it become one of those ‘if a tree falls in the woods’ things? If a Seattle jumps off a bridge, and no one’s around to see it, did it really happen?

To be honest, I did’t care if anyone believed that I did it; I was doing it for me.

If you’re going to go bungee jumping, you should be doing it for yourself, not for anybody else.

However, I can imagine that it would be a great experience to share with someone else. Next time.

Alone or not, I’m ecstatic that I did it and it was probably the most exciting, thrilling, stimulating and intoxicating thing I have ever done. Before I was back on solid ground I found myself wanting to go again. I was addicted.

...it was probably the most exciting, thrilling, stimulating and intoxicating thing I have ever done. 

Video

I remember it entirely differently than the video, where it appears to have only taken mere seconds in time.

Sure, I didn’t think twice before jumping off the edge, but I certainly had time to think.

I had time to think as I hiked up the rocky hill.

I had time to think as I ascended the platform stairs.

I had time to think as I listened to the safety instructions.

I had time to think as I was fastened into my harness.

The platform
The platform

I had time to think as I walked across the narrow grated bridge.

I had time to think as the girl in front of me wailed uncontrollably below.

I had time to think as the large cord was clamped onto my ankles.

And, I had time to think as I shuffled my way through the open gate.

But, they were thoughts of excitement and anticipation and never once did I doubt my ability to go through with it or second guess the decision.

It may have gone quickly, yet it felt like I was easily able to analyse each step. 

never once did I doubt my ability to go through with it or second guess the decision 
The water
The water

It’s tough to explain, but felt like I was about to jump into a big black hole. I could see my feet and I could see the water below, but somewhere along the way my mind warped that distance into a thick nothingness of void space.

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Bungee Jumping in Quebec

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 Québec, Canada
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And I jumped

It wasn’t until I was staring wide-eyed at the the ground below that was suddenly rushing toward me that I connected that void space.

It was my stomach that connected it first.

The overall view
The overall view

I was silent as I flew toward the quarry, I had absolutely no fear and I was almost too lost in the moment to make any sound other than a choked “woo!” as the bungee tightened and shot me back up into the sky.

The recoil was just as electrifying as the initial jump.

Just as I thought the excitement was over, I was going back up for round two, three and four. I have never felt as free as the moment that I was hanging in mid-air between rising and falling again, with my stomach in my feet and my arms in the air. 

I have never felt as free as the moment that I was hanging in mid-air... 
The cliffs look like they are salt-made
The cliffs look like they are salt-made

Jumping out of a plane is another incredible feeling, yet slightly overwhelming. The brain doesn’t fully grasp the fact that the body is falling at a morbid speed and tricks you into feeling like you’re flying. You quite don’t get the same rush of adrenaline as you do from consciously making the decision to step off a platform over the visible and quickly accessible ground below.

I may have tricked myself into ignoring that distance while on the bungee platform, but I felt it as soon as I stepped off.

This is why I like bungee jumping better than skydiving.

I will continue to do both of these extreme activities around the world, but find myself constantly day dreaming about the former.

I absolutely cannot wait to do it again and may just find myself making a trip back up to Ottawa specifically to visit Great Canadian Bungee again. It was an incredible experience that I can’t recommend enough.

The platform from afar
The platform from afar

So, who else had no idea that you could go bungee jumping in (okay, just outside of) Ottawa? I literally only found out that Great Canadian Bungee existed the day before and got so excited that I booked my 7:00 am jump the previous evening at 5:30 pm.

Not only was I shocked to learn that bungee jumping was even available in Ontario, but that it is the highest bungee jump available in all of North America at 200 feet. Impressive.

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