Travelling between Ontario and Quebec could end up being a lot more exciting next summer. The two cities will officially be connected by a zipline that will span the Ottawa River. Ziplining from Ottawa to Gatineau might not become part of your daily commute, but it would definitely be pretty exciting.
The project is being called Interzip Rogers, as the telecommunications company provided funding for the new transportation method. Interzip won't just be Canada's first interprovincial zipline, but it'll be the first of its kind in the world.
The adventurous new project will be part of a planned waterfront development known as Zibi. This is a borderless community that spans both Ottawa and Gatineau. It is expected to house 5,000 people and covers 34 acres.
The zipline itself will be nearly 1,400 feet long and will be set 120 feet above the river. You might want to skip this one if you're not good with heights!
Interzip Rogers expects around 30,000 people to cross the river via their line every year once construction is complete. The line itself will be built by Skyline Ziplines LTD. Skyline has worked in 22 different countries.
The new endeavour has been talked up by both cities' mayors already.
"The site is fantastic and has it all: the river, both cities, and the Parliament Hill. It’s bold and ambitious, just like the Zibi project," said Gatineau's Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin.
"This first interprovincial zip line will be a great addition to the National Capital Region," Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said, "one that will undoubtedly pique the attention of visitors from around the world."
Work on the zipline has already begun, and it is expected to conclude in the spring of 2020. According to the Interzip Rogers website, you'll be able to ride it "rain or shine," but it will be closed in the event of extreme weather conditions.