Zip into spring at Uptown

Adrena LINE to erect zipline at Saanich shopping centre in March

Thrill-seekers can zip over the heads of shoppers at Uptown next month.

The centre will build a double zipline to carry thrill-seekers 90 metres, from Uptown’s upper level to the edge of the centre plaza.

“We are so thrilled to be bringing the Island’s first urban ziplining experience to our community,” said Roberta Ferguson, Uptown general manager. “It will be similar to Vancouver’s zipline from the Olympic Games in 2010.”

Kristy Lowes, marketing director for Uptown, said Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours in Sooke approached them last year with the concept, and now the “ducks are in a row” for the spring event.

“There isn’t a lot that we’ve noticed going on in the city (over spring break). We wanted to provide some family activities that are local and different,” Lowes said. “We do like to be unique.”

Adrena LINE will construct a tower on the top level of Uptown, near Blanshard Street, and connect the lines to another tower next to Uptown Boulevard. Construction will begin early next month, with the opening planned for March 7.

The line will be open daily from 1 to 7 p.m. until March 23. Cost will be $10, with half going to a yet-to-be-determined local charity.

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