Look ahead and see panoramic views of old-growth trees, peaks and canyons of Grouse and Dam mountains while hearing the exhilarated whoop of another person right over your left shoulder. Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain Zipline has dual lines so you can strap in and zoom off with a buddy or another rider riding parallel to you across all five consecutive lines. Allot yourself two hours to complete the whole experience, which includes a tramway ride to the top, practice runs around the lakes and meadows and another chairlift to the peak. The entire way, you’re strapped into a safety harness that has you almost lying back, facing skyward. No prior ziplining experience is needed, and it’s one of those adventures where you’ll get an adrenaline rush before, during and after. ($105 per person, includes gondola fare and zipline)
Gear review: Icebreaker Cruise Cardigan
New Zealand’s Icebreaker line of apparel is known for its base layers, but less so for its casual travel clothes. The beauty of all-natural merino wool is that it’s great for changeable weather. Icebreaker’s women’s Cruise Cardigan is a smart, stylish cover-up that is thin enough to wear in more humid climes as it cools you down, but it also keeps you warm in cooler temperatures. It was easy to double-duty the trendy cardigan as my base layer on a brisk morning hike in Mexico and as my only outer layer to yoga classes.