You're soaring through the air, wind in your face and sun at your back, gently circling toward the earth. British Columbia is no stranger to extreme sports, and thanks to near perfect thermal conditions and lots of wide open spaces, Mount 7 in Golden, BC might just be the perfect launching spot for hang-gliding. If you've never been before, it might be the perfect place to try.Photo courtesy of Ben Stanfield
With a peak 4,000 feet above sea level, Mount 7 is considered one of the top five hang-gliding and paragliding spots in the world. The conditions are so good that eight world records and every single Canadian record for distance and flight time have been set here.Golden, BC Scenery — Photo courtesy of Global Warming - DLR
While solo flights are best left to the experts, newbies to the sports of hang-gliding or paragliding can sign up for tandem adventures with experienced and licensed pilots in Golden. There's nothing quite like the feeling of gliding like a bird through the air with the stunning Canadian Rockies below you. Who knows? Maybe you'll get so addicted to flying at 12,000 feet with nothing between you and the earth that you'll be back as a pilot yourself one day.