This is a well know local mountain. With skiing, skating, snowboarding, while I have never actually gone snowboarding on this particular mountain I have climbed up it ina grewling task called the Grouse Grind. The Grouse grind is not easy by any measure. You have to walk up the mountain and when you reach the top you are at the location where the gondola drops people off at. It is not open all year round or not advised to be climbed all year round. It is HARD. Go early (especially if it is hot outside and bring water!!!!)
A worthwhile trip, although a bit too pricey. This is especially fun for kids. The whole thing is about CAN$30 per person. You take a very long funicular to the top where there is a theater and a restaurant. There is a nature trail, great views to Vancouver, mountains around it, Capilano reservoir. There are also two bears who seem to be trained to stand up on cue for photos. See more photos in travelogues.
Grouse Mountain I believe is the number one tourist attraction in Vancouver after Stanley Park. This is now an all season attraction with the skiing in the winter and then all sorts of things in the summer in addition to the hiking.
Don't worry unless you're a fitness freak you don't have to walk up (see my tip on the grouse grind if you fancy walking up). The lift costs around $30 and includes entry to the park. At the top there's quite a lot to see and do so make a day of it and bring a picnic. They have the shows throughout the day so be sure to plan the day to ensure you don't miss anything. There's a lumberjack show, and bird of prey presentation, an guided nature trail, and then the absolute stars of the mountain the two bears and the wolves. There are a couple of movies to watch the view to enjoy and of course as you're 90% up the mountain you may as well walk the remianing few metres to the summit.
All in all its not cheap and if you're only here once it would be a shame if you missed out. If it raining or cloudy you'll miss the view but that shouldn't spoil your visit as you'll still be able to see the skyline as you climb the mountain and while you're up chances are the clouds will clear.
This is a very popular trail that runs straight up Grouse Mountain. It's a tough slog if you're not used to hiking up mountains. That said, some really out of shape people get up no worries. One thing to remember, aside from bringing water and five bucks for the ride back down, is that parking at the bottom has the option of 2 hours or all-day. So if you figure you're going to be slow, or you'll want to do anything once you get to the top, get the all-day. The gravel parking lot, however, is free. It just fills up quickly during popular times. The average time is about an hour for people of moderate fitness.
For those not inclined to hike strictly up, the Baden-Powell trail is accessible at the bottom of the Grind and you can do a bit of that instead.
Taking the tram up to Grouse Mountain is great and provides you with an all around view of Vancouver. We even enjoyed it on a foggie, rainy day. The restaurant up there is pricey though so I would pack a nice lunch or snack.
For those who don't mind a physical challenge, the hike from the base of Grouse Mountain to the top is one of Vancouver's 'Must Do's'
It takes about 50 minutes to an hour and a half depending on your pace and it's pretty vertical. Definitely wear a pair of hiking boots, or some very sturdy running shoes. A bottle of water is advised.
Once at the top, the view on a clear day is well worth the work involved to get to the top. I recommend taking the tram down, as the trail can be a little treacherous going down and a nasty tumble would be a bad way to end your time in Vancouver.
It had drizzled on and off, and the path was slippery and crowded, but it was worth the climb (2 hrs avg).
Be sure to make reservations for the Observatory, the fancier restaurant, at the top of the mountain.
If you can't hike, then take the tram. If you make reservations for the restaurant, the tram ride is free.
The rest of the mountain attractions were closed during late May.
This was an unexpected detour on our trip to Vancouver. When we first arrived in Vancouver, there was a visitior center that offers currency exchange and a wealth of brochures. We noticed the brochure on Grouse Mountain, how close it is to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. We decided to go there not really dress appropriately or knowing what to expect.
We had purchased the tickets at the Visitor Center. You parked at the bottom of the mountain and you take a lift up into the mountains. It was quite a view. Imagine huge trees sprinkled with snow. It was breathtaking. On a normal day, you can see downtown Vancouver from there. We had expected to see the city. Although we were mildly disappointed initially, we were immensely satisfied with the whole experience in the end.
When you get the top, there's a cabin where you can go have hot cocoa (which I did), lunch, or even watch a production in the theater. We decided to have our lunch up there. I had a very tasty roast beef sandwich and hot cocoa. There's also a gift shop to buy gifts, souvenirs, and extra clothing (in case you aren't dress appropriately). Expect the tax to be around 14-15% due to provincial tax + local tax. I bought some of my Vancouver Souvenirs there and found them a lot cheaper in downtwon Vancouver.
After we had our lunch, we ventured out into the snow. They offered sleigh rides every so often and we went on board for a tour of the mountain. You can't really see much but it was a nice experience. We saw the little locals all geared up and ready to ski. They were so cute! = )
Highly Recommended: Dress warmly if you're going around this time of the year (March 2004).
The Grouse Grind is a simply a stair case start from the base/parking lot of Grouse mountain in North Vancouver, and goes all the way up to the ski area.
The hike to the top lives up to it's name "the grind". about 98% of the trail is stairs and uphill. There is no flat or downhill section. But the view from the top is very rewarding. The way down? Don't forget to bring $5 for the tramp to get back down.
The combination of cool fresh mountain air and exerise, trust me, you will feel great after.
Grouse Mountain is one of our local ski hills. So in the winter you ski/snowboard there. In the summer it is an outdoor enhusiasts dream. You can hike the Grouse Grind, a 2km uphill hike to the top, and take the Sky Ride (gondola) down. You can also hike on other trails at the top, bike, dine in one of the fine restaurants, or relax and take in the breath taking view of Vancouver.
If high up above Vancouver is your place to be? then ride the cable car up Grouse Mountain. The views are awesome, bears live in cages and there is the added bonus of white stuff upon the ground (snow).
Remember to show the ticket person at the mountain your seacat ticket for a discount.
Grouse Mountain, to the north of the city, is a nice excursion. You can go hiking from here or just admire the vistas.
The view over Vancouver is the best. At dusk, the city lights up and it's an amazing sight.
Grouse Mountain in summer is basically a tourist theme park. After taking the chair lift up the mountain visitors are able to experience a number of shows and exhibits.
Everyone should at least sit and watch the Lumberjack show. It's really fantastic.
In addition to the Lumberjacks there is a Birds of Prey show, a Bear Exhibit, chair lift and guide tours showing the local nature.
The restuarant and takeaway operate during the summer if you're after refreshments.
Real adventurers can walk up the mountain but I'd suggest the easier option.
North America's largest aerial tramway, the Skyride is a great way to take in the city, sea, and mountain vistas (be sure to pick a clear day or evening), and you'll have plenty to do after you arrive at the top of Grouse Mountain. The Skyride makes the 2-km (1-mi) climb up to the peak every 15 minutes. A Skyride ticket includes a half-hour video presentation at the Theatre in the Sky. Free mountaintop activities include lumberjack shows, summertime chairlift rides, walking tours, hiking, and a chance to visit grizzly cubs and other local species at the mountain's wildlife refuge.
If you go to Grouse Mountain make sure you pic a clear day cos you will be rewarded with the most amazing views at the top. You can go via cable car - its about $20 to go up and $5 to go down (or something like that). I did the hike up and then got the cable car down.....BUT let me back track - I do NOT recommend this hike to those of you eith heart or lung conditions. Its 3km to the top (with quarterly markings so you know how much of the torture is left) and its like climbing steps .... but really big ones - ALL the way to the top!!!!!
When you get there - WOW!!!! the view, the restaurant (with the aforementioned view)!!!!
You carry on further up and you might catch the lumberjack show which is really cool.
A little further up is the bear enclosure which houses some orphaned grizzlies and nearby you can get "Beavertails" which are a really tasty sweet! Fried bread with the topping of your choice. Cinnamon, chocolate, maple syrup and lots more....You have to try it!!!