- Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Skiing
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Towering over North Vancouver, Grouse Mountain has been a popular outdoor getaway for years, especially since the views from the summit span the entire city on a clear day. Originally used only for skiing, Grouse now offers year-round activities, including the Grouse Grind, a nearly 2-mile trail often referred to by residents as "Mother Nature's Stairmaster." Recent visitors recommend attending the 45-minute Lumberjack Show in which two lumberjacks compete in log rolling, tree climbing and axe throwing, among other antics. Travelers also praise the grizzly bear habitat. "We must have spent close to half an hour just watching them in action," one TripAdvisor reviewer said. "It was a real treat to be so close to these magnificent creatures." Along with the wildlife exhibits, you'll also find several eateries, including a Starbucks and The Observatory, a formal dining room with 360-degree mountaintop views.
During the winter, you'll have just as many activities to occupy your time. Grouse Mountain's slopes boast 26 runs, four chairlifts and two terrain parks, not to mention four snowshoeing trails. Full-day lift tickets for adults cost $58 CAD (about $54 USD) and $45 CAD (approximately $42 USD) for youths ages 13 to 18; tickets for children 5 to 12 years old cost $25 CAD (about $23 USD). If you don't have your own gear, make sure you factor in the cost of equipment rental, too.
There are two ways to reach the top: You can break a sweat on the Grouse Grind or enjoy a scenic ride on the SkyRide gondola (the cost of which also covers several of the activities offered at the summit, like ranger talks at the bear habitat and the Birds in Motion demonstrations). General admission can be a bit pricey at $41.95 CAD (about $38 USD) for adults and $23.95 CAD (about $22 USD) for children, but includes entry to several activities located at the summit. If you choose to tackle the Grouse Grind, you don't need to pay for the hike up, but you will need to pay $10 CAD (about $9.16 USD) if you want to take the SkyRide back down. Grouse Mountain welcomes visitors every day of the year, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The SkyRide offers round trips from 8:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For a complete list of Grouse Mountain activities and prices, visit the Grouse Mountain website.
Nearby Things To Do
Capilano Suspension Bridge2.1 miles away
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre5.0 miles away
Stanley Park5.1 miles away
Fairmont Pacific Rim5.7 miles away
Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier4.3 miles away
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver5.6 miles away