Do the naked bungee jump (or just watch!) this weekend in Nanaimo

Show your support—and a lot more—at this weekend’s naked bungee jump for schizophrenia, taking place at WildPlay Element Parks of Nanaimo.

Participants can let it all hang out for a reduced jumping fee of $40, or opt to wear clothes for the regular rate of $99. Spectators are welcome for a $15 donation. All proceeds go to the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society. The 2008 event raised $5,000 toward their education work.

Some people are gung-ho to support the cause, which is championed by one of WildPlay’s owners. Others simply seek the thrill of jumping in the buff. “It adds an extra level of excitement to it,” says Kathleen Burton, marketing and sales manager for WildPlay.


At the annual naked jump last year, 160 people soared from the WildPlay bungee bridge, which stretches over the scenic Nanaimo River. Most wore nothing but the big bungee cord fastened around their ankles.

WildPlay Nanaimo is open to adults only on this special weekend, and other site activities are not available. The event runs Feb. 21 and 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Looking for a bargain? Jump naked for only $30 by booking in advance through the WildPlay online shopping cart.

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