Walk Buttertubs Marsh Wildlife Santuary
This marsh has great walking trails around it. This is a great place to relax, feed the ducks and bird watch. There is a lookout tower and benches along the trail. Note that pets are not allowed in the park due to the large number of birds.
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There are a few points around Buttertubs Marsh where one may park, and a few more for those with a pedestrian approach. From Bowen Road, turn south on Buttertubs Drive, near the Quarterway Pub. From the Harewood side, turn up Bird Sanctuary Drive off Second Street (aka Jingle Pot Rd) and park beside one of a few trailheads along the suburban street. Or park in the lot where Second and Third Streets meet.
Nanaimo is a nice city north of Victoria, on Vancouver Island, and at about 4 kms. south of Departure Bay, where some ferries link Vancouver Island and Vancouver. The other main port is Swartz Bay that links south Vancouver.
Nanaimo, British Columbia
"The Harbour City"
Nanaimo is the second largest city on Vancouver Island and is about is about 55 km west of Vancouver, separated by the Strait of Georgia. The Trans Canada Highway, which begins in Victoria, temporarily ends in Nanaimo at Departure Bay and resumes at Horseshoe Bay on the mainland. Nanaimo has an excellent downtown and is great for walking. There are some good restaurants and shops here. Restaurants serve excellent seafood. Enjoy Nanaimo!
If your friends jumped off a bridge...
Don't let the shirt fool you. I've got a very normal heart, thank you very much. Even on my fifth jump, it was beating like stink at this point.
"3, 2, 1..."
Someone told me it felt even scarier if you just let yourself fall backwards. The idiot I am, I listened.
Well, wowsers, were they ever right.
"On the rebound yet again..."
Each time you fall, you bounce back about 80% of your previous height before you fall again. The first bounce is the best time for your friends to snap a picture.
Hint: they should move to the opposite side of the bridge from where you actually jump. The fulcrum of your "pendulum" is hitched under the middle of the bridge. When you fall or jump off one edge, you'll have momentum carry you to the other with each bounce. The slight back and forth, actually, makes more people sick than the up and down.
The Ultimate Swing, as they call it, is even more of a rush than traditional bungy. Here I sit prepping for a tandem jump with Jessica from Seattle. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the swing itself.
Whereas you decelerate with bungy very soon after you begin to fall, you ACcelerate through a full 50 metre (150 foot) arc along the surface of the river on the swing. I was VERY surprised at how freaky this was; I thought bungy was the ultimate. But now I know why they call it the "Ultimate Swing."
See my Must See Activities tip for the Bungy Zone's contact information and website address.