Photo courtesy of Grouse Mountain Resorts
Jaw-dropping views of the city unfold from this 4,039-foot peak, one of the North Shore Mountains. Come winter, four chairlifts service 33 ski runs. It remains popular in warm weather too. Hikers can burn about 1,000 calories toiling up the steep 1.8-mile Grouse Grind trail, aka "Nature's Stairmaster." Or skip the sweat with a gondola ride to the summit: the ticket price includes access to lumberjack shows, the grizzly refuge, and guided eco-walks. Pay extra to zip-line, throw axes, or ascend Eye of the Wind, the world's first and only wind turbine with a viewing pod. A handful of eateries keep visitors fueled up, from self-service Lupins to The Observatory, serving upscale West Coast cuisine (observatoryrestaurant.ca).
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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This vertiginous peak that looms over North Vancouver is home to the infamous Grouse Grind, an ultrasteep set of stone steps that some locals tackle as a daily workout. Luckily, you can instead opt for a gondola ride to the summit, where an amusing lumberjack show, a grizzly bear refuge and a chalet await. After a day exploring Vancouver, it's the perfect spot to grab a hot chocolate.
By Lisa Cheng
Grouse Mountain's skiing may not come close to that of Whistler's, but in both winter and summer it still proves a great spot to visit. The view across Vancouver is beautiful, and the sunsets are amazing. It has several restaurants in its chalet, ranging from the 5-star Observatory to the more casual Altitudes Bistro to Lupins Cafeteria. In the summer the mountain has shows, hiking, scenic chairlifts, zip-lining, paragliding, and the Grizzly Bear habitat. Winter sees an ice-skating pond, skiing, snowshoeing, and Christmas events. And of course, all seasons will have the great views.
By Ali Scott
Winter Wonderland Atop Grouse Mountain
If it's drizzling in downtown Vancouver, that means it's snowing in the nearby mountains. Grouse Mountain is one of the local treasures that is open for snowy business starting mid-November. Head up and ski, snowboard, snowshoe, ice skate, or just grab a hot chocolate and meet the resident reindeer.
By Jill Greenwood, AFAR Staff
The Baby Grizzly
At the top of Grouse Mountain I came across the bear enclosure and managed to see this beautiful baby Grizzly Bear. Whilst being Summer time, there was still snow prevalent on the top of the mountain, which is also called the Peak of Vancouver.
By Justin Lee, AFAR Local Expert
Grizzly Surprises at Grouse Mountain
If you have the time and are looking to see two major sites in one day, I would take a quick bus ride from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park over to Grouse Moutain. There's lots to see at Grouse Mountain. The lift up to the mountain for views is quite a highlight. If you have a high fitness level (or are looking for an extreme fitness challenge), take a good hour or two to climb the Grouse Grind. (This is really an activity in itself!) Note: the shuttle back from Grouse Mountain can be infrequent so check departure times upon arrival. As for activities, you cannot get more Canadian then seeing an interactive Lumberjack show. I will also note during my visit that there was snow ...in June! You can take a ski lift for views and to get to the Eye of The Wind. My favourite find was this grizzly bear, however. This is a fantastic site for families and tourists looking to get the most out of their time in Vancouver. Check out The Eye of The Wind on a clear day for an amazing view point of Vancouver, for an extra $20.
By Natalie Taylor, AFAR Local Expert
View From Grouse Mountain Skyride
This photo was taken on a very early morning tram ride up Grouse Mountain. I'd highly recommend anyone active to do the hour long hike up the Grouse Grind from the base of Grouse to the top. Do it early for less crowds and the best photo ops!
By Ali Scott
Twinkling Lights and Snow Shoes
There is just something rather magical about being able to hop on a bus in downtown Vancouver on a dry sunny winter’s day, and then, half an hour later be on a snow-covered mountain. Grouse Mountain is one of the city’s best places to be year-round. I adore their new winter Light Walk, where you can hire snow shoes and take a hike around the trees which are lit with twinkling fairy lights. Head up just before sunset so you can watch the winter sky blaze apricot and pink, giving the snow a gorgeous rosy glow. My tip: head to the restaurant afterwards for a much-deserved heaped serving of poutine!
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
Meet Santa’s Reindeers on Grouse Mountain
If you have kids – or if you’re a big kid at heart yourself– you will adore the Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain. Best of all, the activities are included in a Grouse Mountain Alpine Experience ticket, Annual Membership, Winter Season Pass, or Lift Ticket. Kids can visit Elf HQ and write a letter to santa, create their own Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and see how they measure up to a real life elf! Outdoors, there’s a skating rink, a gingerbread village, and you can meet Santa’s reindeers and take a sleigh ride. It’s the most Christmassy thing in the world!
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
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