The Olympic Zipline is coming to downtown Vancouver. Something usually associated with soaring high above mountain treetops on Grouse or in Whistler will be flying high above Robson Square courtesy of Ziptrek Ecotours.
Early reports said the line would run across Robson Square and over to Chapters at Robson and Howe, however the Ziptrek Ecotours website illustrates things differently. Starting off atop the steps of the Law Courts (between Robson and Smithe) it will cross over Robson and end up on Howe across from Sears (via on Google Maps).
You can view the landing tower (on the right) in this photo that I took on Saturday:
The line is 170 meters (550′) and will be open from February 12th until February 28th. Daily hours of operation are 10:00am – 9:00pm and the cost to ride is FREE. During the games Ziptrek will also have a live webcam running so you can get a view of the line.
Update January 27th, 2010 Here are a few photos of the lines going up via Susan Gittins on Flickr.
Update February 4th, 2010 I took some photos today (above). They were testing the lines again today and I’ll be heading to the media event tomorrow. Looks like things are good to go for this free attraction!
Update February 5th, 2010 This morning the Premier of BC, Gordon Campbell, along with Canadian Olympian Charmaine Crooks were some of the first to ride the free Olympic zipline across Robson Square in downtown Vancouver.
Update February 11, 2010 I rode the zipline first thing this morning with John Biehler – it was pretty awesome. He took some video of our ride as well:
Here’s my video, which is quite a bit shakier:
The zipline opens to the public tomorrow, February 12, 2010.
Update February 25, 2010 The zipline will be open during the Paralympics as well – March 12 – 21st, 2010 from 10am until 9pm daily.
Update April 1, 2010 Unfortunately I had to republish this post and comment were removed.