There is two dropzones I know of that are close enough that you can easily get there by car.. Pitt Meadows, and Abbortsford. Both dropzones are OK. Not sure about the planes at Pitt Meadows this year, but they had a caravan and 2 Cessna's last year. Abbortsford has a pretty darn fast Porter flying most loads.
That said, while Pitt is a very fun dropzone, if the caravan isn't flying, and they only have the cessna's, then due to the amount of tandems they turn, the wait times between loads can be pretty substantial in my experience. I never really took issue with that, but this is not the same for everyone.
I'd call ahead to Pitt and ask what they have flying that day, and based on that take the 45min drive to Pitt, or the hour and 15 min to Abbortford.
Pitt is doable with public transport as well, but that is quite the undertaking..
Thanks! Ill check that out when I get to YVR :) will definitely rent a car to get myself around.
and what about the windtunnel over there? understood they are building a new one, when will it be running?
As far as a wind tunnel, less than 2 hours south in Seattle there is a 14' recirc tunnel that is very nice. Also for jumping Snohomish is just over an hour south. Many weekends in the summer they are running 2 caravans compared to 1 normally flying. If you want to drive a bit more Skydive Kapowsin is usually running an Otter or a Grand Caravan as well.
In my experience, the costs are noticeable less to jump at Snohomish or Kapowsin compared to the Canada DZ options. Throwing ot out there as more options for you to consider. Different places different vibes, all fun opportunities to play in the air.
(This post was edited by sdctlc on Jun 2, 2012, 6:23 AM)