Meet up with friends, plan your flights, shop for gear, watch instructional videos in the lounge or just relax…
The flight centre for Paraglide Canada is a converted acreage near Coldstream BC. It is roughly halfway between Vernon and Lumby on Highway 6 (east of Vernon). Glenn Derouin acquired this property in 2001 and has since outfitted it to appeal to his students and visitors with converted buildings a landing zone and a beautifully groomed ground handling area.
When Glenn was directing the annual British Army training programs, the fight centre proved itself as an excellent staging point for the day’s activities, easily handling the congregation of sizeable groups of students.
At day’s end, pilot groups often meet at the property to unwind and participate in a friendly game of volleyball or just to enjoy a few beers and swap stories.
The acreage is at the base of Vernon Mountain (excellent South, SW, and SE launch site) on the north side of Highway 6. The centre is 5 minutes away from The King Eddy training site and the King Eddy soaring hill(West facing) which is managed by Paraglide Canada under and agreement with the owners of the Coldstream Ranch. Just 40 minutes away by car is the excellent Cooper’s launch area (East facing) near Lumby. Mara Lake (west facing mountain launch) is approximately 1.5 hours north of the flight centre. It is possible to launch at Mara Lake and fly all the way back to the Paraglide Canada flight centre on a good XC day.
This property is ideally situated to take advantage of various launch areas with a minimum of travel hassle. Check the weather and pick a site – they are all only a few minutes away. As the wind changes during the day simply pick another site. Free Wi-Fi on site for staying up-to-date with weather forecasts and updating your status online.
Glenn has converted a small barn on the property into a pilot’s lounge and equipment showroom. Drop by to check out the latest stock of wings, harnesses, paramotors and accessories.
You want to fly. Why wait…