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Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada
HPAC National Office
#404 - 1718 Venables Street,
Vancouver, BC V5L 2H4
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THE HPAC/ACVL OFFICE HAS MOVED
The Office of the Association has moved effective June 15, 2015. Please send all mail to the new office at
#404 - 1718 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H4
The telephone number and e-mail for the Office of course remain the same.
Please utilize the online options as much as possible for doing business with the Association. But, for those sending by Canada Post, be assured that mail forwarding is in place with Canada Post for the next 12 months. Please do contact the office for the next while if you have concerns about your mail having been received.
And thank you for your patience during this time of transition.
Visitors to Canada
You are most welcome by Canadian hang glider and paraglider pilots and to our beautiful flying sites. To gain access, Visiting Pilots must take out Temporary HPAC/ACVL membership, good for a maximum of 60 days, at a cost of $40. This is a requirement of most of our landowners, public and private, as it includes the required Third Party Liability Insurance of $5 million.
If you plan to visit Canada for longer than 60 days, you will have to take out a full membership as only one temporary membership can be taken out in a calendar year. (Residents of Canada are not eligible for Temporary Memberships).
Two ways to get Temporary Membership:
IN ADVANCE of your arrival you can get the form and waiver (
doc or pdf) and mail it to the HPAC/ACVL office in Vancouver with an International Money Order
ON SITE from an HPAC/ACVL instructor or member who can provide the form and waiver and collect the fee and send it to the HPAC/ACVL Office on your behalf. Your membership is valid when it has been received by an HPAC/ACVL member.
Note: This transaction cannot take place electronically as an original hard-copy waiver is required by our Insurer.
FLYING IN JASPER NATIONAL PARK: KNOWLEDGE OF GUIDELINES REQUIRED
Photo: courtesy Will Gadd
After 9 years of work by your Association, we have achieved a two-year trial period of flying hang gliders and paragliders in Jasper National Park. This means a fantastic addition to the possibilities for our sport. However this opportunity can also be lost again in a heartbeat.
It is mandatory that pilots familiarize themselves with the Guidelines that have been negotiated with Jasper National Park, that ecologically sensitive areas are strictly avoided and that all flights are logged.
Advance planning is required to fly Jasper. Please familiarize yourself thoroughly with the Guidelines by clicking on Jasper on the left where you will also find maps.
Please be aware that all other mountain parks remain closed to our sport.