There’s a reason they call it the Grouse Grind®. THIS IS NOT A HIKE (emphasis intended)! Billed by some locals as ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster,’ the Grind (as it’s commonly known) involves a strenuous climb/workout up Grouse Mountain — one of three nearby mountains, favorite outdoor playgrounds for Vancouverites. From bottom to top you’ll climb 2,830 steps at an elevation of 2,799 feet (853 meters), covering a total distance of 1.8 miles (2.9 kilometres). Now for a few recommendations: do set your own pace, make sure to wear proper footwear, bring lots of water and be prepared to sweat. Also have your phone with you for some victory snaps at the top, and in case you run into any trouble along the way. At the peak, if it’s a clear day you can soak in the stunning views of the city far below. You’ll also find a full-service restaurant (a great spot for an after-climb beer), coffee stand, souvenir and gear shops and more to explore. Lastly, as with almost everything, what goes up must come down. In this case, that involves a quick transfer down the mountain by gondola (a six-minute ride, $10 CAD).