Urban Zip-Line Coming to San Francisco! Zoom 680 Feet Over Justin Herman Plaza for Free

[OMG, they’re here putting up the tower. It’s actually happening. Oh Canada! UPDATE: It’s here!]

Those people in British Columbia, they like to have fun. So, in order to get you to think about taking your next vacay up in the Great White, they’re going to install a 600 680-foot-long zip-line* in Embarcadero Square and run it for eleven days starting April 8th, 2010. And, assuming you meet their physical requirements (it looks like I’ll qualify, but 280-pound Epic Bearded Man Thomas Bruso probably won’t), you’ll be able to harness up and go for a 225-yard ride FOR FREE.

Imagine zooming over the giant white tent they’re constructing for Peter Pan (opening April 27th!) at neighboring Sue Bierman Park. You can fly, Wendy, you can fly.

Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line! Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line! Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line!

You’ll also be able to look down over this $1000-a-day monstrosity. (Try not to tell our friends from western Canada the actual name of “Vaillancourt Fountain.” Shhhhh….)

Justin Herman, as captured by the talented David Yu

See you there April 8th. (Can you already visualize people using their iPhones to Tweet about how long they have to wait for their free rides? I can. If not for our generous Northern Cousins, this kind of thing should cost about $100 American (or Canadian, don’t think there’s much diff these days)).

Zoom zoom.

*Aka flying fox, foefie slide, zip wire, aerial runway, aerial ropeslide, death slide or tyrolean crossing

When: Thursday, April 8 – Sunday, April 18th 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. What: The British Columbia Experience, featuring: – Free 600 ft. Urban Zipline: Open to the Public. Note: There are no age restrictions, but guests must weigh more than 65 pounds and no more than a maximum of 275 pounds. The ride will be free of charge.  Where: Justin Herman Plaza at Embarcadero Square, San Francisco, California”



“VICTORIA – One of the most popular activities during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is heading to San Francisco as part of an exciting tourism marketing campaign, announced Kevin Krueger, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. From April 8 to 18, a 183-metre (600-foot) zipline will be set-up in Embarcadero Square in San Francisco as part of the BC Experience showcase. The showcase will feature the Whistler-based Ziptrek Ecotours zipline, free public dance performances by the Le-La-La Dancers – a world-renowned Aboriginal dance group – an interactive video display featuring videos and beautiful images of B.C., a 3-D art installation and an updated version of the “You Gotta Be Here” advertising campaign in subway stations throughout the city.“We’ve just finished hosting the largest and most successful celebrations in the world and the zipline in Robson Square was obviously one of the most popular public activities during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,” said Krueger. “We want to bring that excitement to San Francisco, a city that is one of our key markets for attracting new travellers, to show people the diverse range of travel experiences they can find in B.C. and invite them to visit.”The Canadian Tourism Commission is also hosting their annual US Media Marketplace in San Francisco April 12-14, at which over 150 US-based travel writers and editors will meet with Canadian tourism representatives.To help launch the BC Experience, two gold-medal winning Olympians, Canadian ski cross racer Ashleigh McIvor and US speed skater Shani Davis, will be among the first to try the zipline and participate in a public autograph signing.As a result of the Olympic marketing campaign, the number of Americans in the target demographic considering a leisure trip to B.C. has nearly doubled. This increase represents nearly nine million more potential U.S. visitors. Approximately 14 per cent of US visitors to B.C. come from California.The BC Experience is part of a post-Olympic North American consumer marketing campaign that will use online advertising, social media and search marketing to reach potential visitors. The campaign will reach out to consumers who have already expressed interest in travel to B.C., and present customized offers based on their interests.The campaign will focus on a range of experiences, including golf, food and wine, and outdoor adventure to create a greater depth of interest in experiencing B.C.’s tourism products.”

For more information on B.C. tourism opportunities, please visit www.HelloBC.com.

Leaving the final words with Alex P Keaton – in re: British Columbia, “You Gotta Be Here.”

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20 Responses to “Urban Zip-Line Coming to San Francisco! Zoom 680 Feet Over Justin Herman Plaza for Free”

  1. DanGerous says:

    It’s gonna take alot more than a zip line to get us up to that butthole of the world. I made that mistake once and the unspeakable horrors of Canada haunt me till this very day.

  2. SF Denizen says:

    I’ll definitely be taking advantage of this opportunity. Looks like a blast!!! Thanks, BC!

  3. Mark says:

    I’m coming from winecountry – can I get a reservation?

  4. sfcitizen says:

    No reservations, just a long wait, I’m afraid

  5. Ben says:

    Looks like fun, I’ll try it out!

    Now, what’s up with M.J.Fox? Yes he’s Canadian but I’d be just as persuaded by a pretty face I didn’t know. Perhaps even more!

  6. Sammarye Lewis says:

    No tourist dollars to Canada until they stop clubbing baby seals to death

  7. Troy Masters says:

    Let’s do this…”I did it like this, I did it like that”

  8. Seal says:

    You know what would be awesome? If some protesters showed up with pictures from the seal hunt (which just started).

    I’m sorry, Canada. Until you stop bashing baby seals to death just for their fur, you get no sympathy from me.

    Yes, I know that this “zip line” is from BC, and seal hunt is in PQ. But BC residents could force the federal government to shut it down if they wanted to.

  9. AL says:

    Whatever. The seal hunts aren’t any worse than some of the things the USA does. Kinda crazy to protest against Canada.

  10. Mick says:

    The baby seal clubbing experience is for next year

  11. Sandra says:

    Sounds exciting, get ready to wait in line, the zip line at the Olympics was 5 hours long, all day.

  12. KURT says:


  13. Jennifer says:

    We would love to do the zip line! As frequent (former) visitors to BC we found we couldn’t afford the zip line when in Whistler and CERTAINLY couldn’t afford the ride to the top of Grouse Mt. where the network was broadcasting the Olympics from (like over 35$ EACH, way in off season, for a tram ride!). WE ACTUALLY SAW STAFF AT A HOSPITAL TAKING PERSONAL PROPERTY AS COLLATERAL FROM A BRIT TO INSURE PAYMENT!!!(in a country with socialized medicine), Gotta watch out for those Canadians, they’ll stab you in the back any chance they get!! Know for a fact! Don’t fall for their rouse….

    But we’ll still try to get a ride, looks totally cool and we can afford it…hahha! But it won’t lure us back to BC!

  14. Dean says:

    “Keaton” not “Keating”.

  15. sfcitizen says:

    Whoops, thanks!

  16. maggie says:

    Art 101 might be something for you to consider.
    I think the V. Fountain is gorgeous.

  17. sfcitizen says:

    Suggestion noted.

    You realize the giant neighbor the fountain was made to riff on is no longer there?

    You realize that this thing costs $1000/day just to move the water around?

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