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10 things you need to know about…adrenaline-pumping thrills in Canada.

Riding giant rollercoasters, rafting tidal-bore rapids or dog sled mushing: it’s time to whiten those knuckles.

30 October 2013

Suggested tweet: Ramp up your Canadian vacation excitement with these adrenaline-pumping experiences #explorecanada

Are top-notch museums and beautiful scenery not getting your heart racing? Ramp up your Canadian vacation excitement levels here:

  • 1. EdgeWalk at CN Tower, Toronto, ON. As you walk around the roof 356 m (1,197 ft) above the ground, keep your screams to yourself on the world’s highest full-circle hands-free walk. You’ll scare the diners in the restaurant below!
  • 2. Canada Olympic Park Zipline, Calgary, AB. Feed your need to speed here. You’ll experience at vertical drop of more than 100 m (328 ft) and whiz along at speeds of up to 140 km/h (86 mph) per hour. The zipline is Canada’s fastest and, yes, it will ruin your hairdo.
  • 3. Leviathan Rollercoaster, Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, ON. Don’t eat lunch before you go on this new rollercoaster, which hits speeds of up to 148 km/h (91 mph) during the three-minute, 28-second thrill ride.
  • 4. Mont à Liguori luge run, Le Massif de Charlevoix, QC. Hope for a snow day so you can slide your way during the 7.5-km (4.6-mi) sled run for two chilling and thrilling hours.
  • 5. Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Vancouver, BC. Not scared of heights? Test your mettle by taking a stroll along suspended walkways that jut out from a granite cliff face amid the trees.
  • 6. Air Combat Zone, Mississauga, ON. Feel the rush behind the controls of an F/A-18 Hornet jet fighter simulator as you fly the cyber skies at this top-gun facility.
  • 7. Tidal Bore Rafting, Shubenacadie, NS. Class IV rapids form on the Shubenacadie River, a tributary of the Bay of Fundy, as millions of litres of water surge with the tides. Ride those foaming waves aboard a Zodiac. Wheeeee!
  • 8. Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, Mont Tremblant, QC. Feel the need for speed? Check your GPS then head to the track at this top-notch driving school. After a three-day course, you may become as good a driver as former grads such former Formula 1 star Jacques Villeneuve.
  • 9. Dog-sled mushing, Churchill, MB. Join a champion musher for a ride across the open tundra and show your own team-leading skills as you experience some of northern Manitoba’s culture and heritage.
  • 10. Diving with giant tuna, Souris, PEI. Been there, done that when it comes to swimming with dolphins? Try jumping into the water alongside schools of giant tuna, which weigh in at more than 540 kg (1,190 lb) each.

That’s 10 heart-pumping experiences, but there are many more across Canada. Share your suggestions with us on Twitter @DestinationCAN.

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