Bungee Jumping in Ottawa

Great Canadian Bungee jumping Ottawa

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.

Great Canadian Bungee jumping Ottawa

Great Canadian Bungee jumping Ottawa

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.

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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.

Great Canadian Bungee jumping Ottawa

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.

Great Canadian Bungee jumping Ottawa

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.

5..4..3..2..oooone!

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.

Great Canadian Bungee jumping Ottawa

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.

Great Canadian Bungee jumping Ottawa

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.

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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.

Have you been bungee jumping?

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This trip was made possible by Ottawa Tourism.
All views & opinions are my own.

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16 Responses to “Bungee Jumping in Ottawa”

  1. Hogga
    September 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    you cray

  2. Angela (@angelatravels11)
    September 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I have tried skydiving and was not too nervous about it. I kind of want to try bungee jumping, but I am not sure I want to.

    This may seem silly to ask these questions. . .but does it make your head hurt hanging upside down? Does it yank your body really hard or is it more gentle?
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    • Seattle Dredge
      September 18, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

      There is a bit of a yank, but it’s hardly noticeable at the time. The videos make it look like your body flails around all crazily, but it honestly doesn’t feel like anything when you’re doing it and doesn’t hurt your head. The part with the most sensation is when you fly back up and hang in mid air for a second. My ankles hurt later in the day, but that was about it. You always have the option of going by the waist to avoid that.

      • Angela (@angelatravels11)
        September 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

        Great advice. . .I need to just buck up and get one out of the way! Now I just have to find the right time and place.
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        • Seattle Dredge
          September 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

          Haha, yeah you should definitely do it the next chance you get. Skydiving is awesome, but bungee jumping is so much better 😀

  3. Caroline Eubanks
    September 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    I jumped in Cairns, Australia and went back for a second jump. There’s no rush like it!
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    • Seattle Dredge
      September 18, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

      ahh I just Googled that one, it looks amazing. I always imagined my first jump would be somewhere in Aus or NZ, but now I just look forward to travelling to places like that specifically to jump :]

  4. Alouise
    September 19, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Had no idea there was bungee jumping in Ottawa. I’ve never been, and it’s never really appealed to me, but yet I wouldn’t mind going skydiving. It was really interesting to read why you liked bungee jumping more than skydiving.
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    • Seattle Dredge
      September 19, 2013 at 1:20 am #

      To be honest, I wasn’t the hugest Ottawa fan until this time around, but came back really enjoying the place. I think you need to try both!

  5. Igor
    September 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    I never jump off platforms or planes or anything like that. And if it wasn’t for fear I wouldn’t reach the moment of self discovery and freedom that these activities represent.

    This year many things happen in my life, and my life’s point of view change. This shows me that do incredible things for yourself are easier than we think.

  6. Paul Smith
    October 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    I love to do adventures thing. I have tried once it was an amazing feeling.
    I want to do it again.I think It would be in Aus.

  7. BakoymaTravels
    October 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    Fabulous! I’ve jumped three times and I will be doing it again. It’s awesome.

    If you haven’t done it yet, and you find yourself in New Zealand, the Nevis is the gem of jumps 🙂

    Well done!

    • Seattle Dredge
      October 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      I definitely want to go in NZ. I think I will try to go as often as possible 😀

  8. Michele
    December 5, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    Awesome! Great post. I enjoyed reading every bit of detail here.

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