Dinner in the Sky Canada suspends over North Vancouver

Franchise rights for the the sky-dining experience will soon be available to Ontario and Alberta markets

Business in Vancouver
September 13, 2017

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A new dining experience began this summer in Vancouver, but you’ll be craning your neck to find it.

In July, Dinner in the Sky Canada (DITSC) launched its first sky-dining experience in British Columbia.

Suspended from a crane, attendees were served dinner and drinks while harnessed into a platform that hung nearly 200 feet above North Vancouver.

The idea was conceived in Belgium approximately 10 years ago, and since then 10,000 of the events have been hosted in nearly 50 countries around the world.

The company, an offshoot of Skydine Events Ltd., recently announced it would be making regional franchise rights available in Ontario and Alberta.

Vancouver-based entrepreneur Jhordan Stevenson owns the rights to DITSC.

“We are looking to sell out licences for those markets,” said Stevenson. “This business is very time consuming. There is a lot of planning that goes into it, and we just don’t have the bandwidth to do all the provinces.”

Tickets for DITSC are $249 for brunch and $349 for dinner. The platform seats 22 diners, plus four or five staff. Stevenson and his team plan to run four to five trips per day.

When the company is not hosting its own events, it plans to rent the platform to other companies.

The crane is supplied by Eagle West Cranes, a B.C.-based mobile hydraulic crane company that was involved in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

As to the cost of the crane rental, Stevenson would say only that it was “very expensive.”

When the company is not hosting its own events, it plans to rent the platform to other companies.

“We’ve had tons of requests to rent it for weddings and so forth,” said Stevenson. “We’ve even had a request for a Texas hold ’em in the sky.”

Stevenson said he also plans to use the platform in other parts of B.C. during the winter.

“We are interested in bringing the platform up to Whistler and do an event called Santa in the Sky where the platform is dressed as a Santa sleigh and reindeers.”

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