Grouse Mountain, Vancouver

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6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver 604-980-9311

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    The Peak of Vancouver

    by Carmanah Updated Jul 27, 2006

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    Grouse Mountain is the most famous out of Vancouver's three local mountains. Unlike the neighbouring mountains Seymour and Cypress, Grouse is the only mountain where you can't drive up to the top. As a result, in order to get to the top of Grouse you must pay $32 per person to take the Skyride - a large 200 person capacity gondola - up to the top. If you're on a tight budget or are seriously ambitious, your only other option to get to the top of Grouse is to "hike" up a vertical trail known fondly as the Grouse Grind.

    Make no mistake - the Grouse Grind is gruelling; it's not really a leisurely hike. Locals will "do" the Grouse Grind as a weekly work-out routine, although the idea of climbing one and a half hours up a mountain by stairs isn't for everybody. Therefore, taking the Skyride up to Grouse Mountain is often the best way of experiencing it.

    While certainly Grouse Mountain can be touristy and expensive, I'd still say it's worth it. I would recommend taking the Skyride up to Grouse Mountain to those who are new to Vancouver, who don't have cars, and who are looking for a unique panoramic experience without having to travel far from the city centre. Most importantly, only go when the skies are clear. Once up top, you can easily spend 3+ hours entertaining yourself.

    While your admission gets you up to the top of Grouse Mountain, it also includes admission to the 2 documentaries in the "Theatre in the Sky", the Lumberjack show, a birds in motion show, an endangered wildlife demonstration, the bear habitat, the wolf habitat, a guided eco walk, and the best part (in my opinion) the 20 minute Screaming Eagle chairlift ride. Be sure to ride the Screaming Eagle as it gives you the best panoramic views!

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    Grouse Mountain ... Skyride up, hike back down?

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    I never heard of Grouse Mountain until the visitors center at the border on the way to Vancouver. After they had told us about the other touristy stuff we could see, I had a feeling this might be a tourist trap. On day 2 in the city we decided to give it a look, & we headed up to north to find the park.

    When we arrived at the base of the mountain, there were hundreds of cars packed into the lot. While paying our $5 to park, we saw most people were hiking up the mountain... someone said it was just a 2km hike, but we were not dressed for hiking at all, so we decided to take the Skyride to the top. The ticket lady told us the ride cost a very expensive $34.93 per adult, but it included all kinds of activities. The ride was spectacular, with amazing views of the city, but I was still thinking about the free hike versus the $35 ride. When we got to the top & realized all the hikers got into everything for free, I was fuming.

    My 1st effort to get a nice view of Vancouver failed miserably as the entire area around the upper Skyride terminus was shrouded with trees. We went walking through the chainsaw-cut wooden animals, and headed for the grizzly bear & wolf enclosures. Strike 1: no wolves, and the grizzlies were off sleeping somewhere. Strike 2: the lumberjack show was a lousy, cheesy performance that you can get at most any county fair. Strike 3: the chairlift ride was closed, besides it wasn't included in admission. Good news--the Rusty Rail BBQ had beer. Finally we decided to go for a hike & found the scenic & peaceful Blue Grouse Lake. Luckily on our way back one of the grizzly bears was out & putting on quite a performance! We missed the birds show, but we watched these bears for nearly an hour.

    As we got ready to leave, we saw the line for the Skyride had hundreds of people waiting, so we decided to walk down the mountain. Big mistake... while the trail is just 2.9km, it took us over 2 hours due to the steep, wet, slippery trail that drops 2,800 feet of elevation to to bottom. We were exhausted.

    In a nutshell, Grouse Mountain is definately touristy, and the skyride is way way overpriced. If you are a budget traveler or a large family traveling together, this would break the bank. If you are in shape, it would definately be worth it to hike up and see all this stuff for free. Otherwise skip it!

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    The local favorite, Grouse Grind

    by campy012 Updated Aug 1, 2004

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    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.

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    Grouse Mountain

    by madamx Updated Dec 9, 2005

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    I could ride The Screaming Eagle all day...

    "26 bucks!!!" I complained as we drove up to Grouse Mountain. That's how much the entry fee was. Probably just another touristy place where we'll take a couple of pictures and go, I fumed. I got in the gondola car under duress with my husband, and after a couple of hours, he had to literally drag me away, to go to a barbeque we were expected at. "Do we have to go?" I whined in the car as we drove away.

    It may seem pricey, and Grouse Mountain may seem touristy, but who cares? We had a great time. The entry fee includes all activities and the gondola ride up, where, unfortunately, we were packed like sardines into a car that holds approximately 100 people. If you don't like imitating a sardine, you can hike the "Grouse Grind", which usually takes a very fit person about an hour to complete. Not for the faint of heart, as we noticed several sweat-drenched people lying on the ground outside the Grouse Mountain Chalet. It will cost $5.00 to ride the gondola down if you hike up.

    There is an IMAX style movie theatre (I emphasize the word style as the film is nowhere near IMAX quality). There are also guided nature hikes, a series of huge,complex chain-saw tree sculptures, a fairly cheesy lumberjack show, and my personal favorite, The Screaming Eagle. The Screaming Eagle in winter is a ski-chair lift, but in summer, gives you a bird's eye view of the wonderful surroundings Vancouver is famous for.

    To get more bang for your buck, we were told by a savvy local that if you make reservations in the Observatory dining room, your ride is free. He recommended heading up around 6:00 p.m., and having dinner around 9:00 p.m., and watch the sunset as well. The Observatory is fine dining, and men should wear a tie.

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    Fun For all At Grouse Mountain

    by Mikebb Written Jan 24, 2008

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    Situated high above North Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is less than an hour from Vancouver by public transport and offers panaoramic views over Vancouver, excellent family entertainment including lumberjack shows, wood chopping, Birds in Motion demonstration, grizzley bears, wolves, and hiking trails.

    We took the 15 minute Seabus trip to North Vancouver then caught Bus #236 to the Peak Chalet where we purchased our entry ticket $35, then caught the Skyride Aerial Tram up the mountain. What a ride this was and the view down the mountain over the city to the ocean was was worth the entry fee. More was to come when we reached the top and entered the park just in time for the Birds in Motion show put on by the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife which is resident on the mountain. Then onto the 2 grizzley bears followed by lunch etc etc.

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    The Lumberjack Show - Grouse Mountain

    by Mikebb Written Jan 24, 2008

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    When you arrive at Grouse Mountain you must go to the administration centre and obtain a program of the day's events so you do not miss this very entertaining show. There is tiered seating so you can get a good view of the action.

    The show included wood chopping, lumberjacks climbing the poles, comical entertainment etc etc and went for 40 minutes. It was a very popular entertainment.

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    Grouse Mountain

    by dragontml Written Dec 21, 2003

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    going up grouse mountain

    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.

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    The thigh burner

    by tkdqueen Updated Nov 19, 2003

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    Grouse Mountain - can you see the cable cars

    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!!!

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    A full day of entertainment!

    by Ann75 Written Jan 25, 2012

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    Grouse Mountain is a great place to visit when you are in Vancouver. You can go for a visit of a couple of hours, but you can easily spent a whole day up here. If you visit in the summer there are many activities that are complimentary with your ticket on the "SkyRide". The ticket may seems a bit pricey, but I think it's well worth the money if you can spend at least a half a day here and have good weather.

    Once you are on the top you can enjoy the gorgeous views of downtown Vancouver, the surrounding area and beyond. On top of the mountain you have the Theatre in the Sky which shows several movies about Grouse Mountain and the grizzly bear habitat. There are a couple of good restaurants and of course the gift shops. Besides that don't miss the Lumberjack show which is really entertaining, there are nature walks with a guide, the chairlift to the top of the mountain, the grizzly bear habitat with talks from the ranger and there is also a bird show called "Birds in Motion". As you can see there is lots to do!

    Grouse Mountain is also amazing in the winter as it's a great place for winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and icescating or just to enjoy the winter scenery if you like to see the snow. Around Christmas there Santa's Workshop, sleigh rides when there is enough snow and the views are always there, no matter what time of the year you come for a visit.

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    Go up a mountain it's Grouse

    by ChadSteve1975 Updated Jan 12, 2004

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    Meet a real 'High Flyer'

    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.

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    Grizzly Bears at Grouse Mountain

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the big things that drew us to Grouse Mountain was not the grouse, but rather the grizzly bears. Two of these large mammals named Grinder and Coola are kept in a 5 acre enclosure with a hibernation habitat and den. The small enclosure is surrounded by a road that attracts a lot of visitors, but the bears have plenty of trees in which to sleep and hide.

    The Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife was created in 2001 and its first two bears were the current Grinder and Coola. Since then a few other bears have come and gone, the wolf enclosure was added, and birds of prey were brought in. One experiment in 2005 to place bears and wolves in the same enclosure for stimulation ended up with a dead wolf, so that little project was short lived.

    During our visit, the bears were hidden when we first tried to spot them, but later in the day you could see them moving through the woods. Soon, one of them came down to the open area near the fence and spent the next 45 minutes to an hour rooting in the dirt, drinking water, and just generally entertaining the visitors. Of course, some of the more obnoxious tourists were yelling at the bears and whistling to get their attention for a picture. Isn't bad enough they are locked in a cage? No need to harass them more.

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    Grouse Mountain

    by jag17 Written Aug 17, 2006

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    Several of us spent Saturday afternoon up at Grouse Mountain (compliments of YVRDave). It had been fairly cloudy most of the day, but managed to turn beautiful, and sunny shortly after our arrival. A 6 minute gondola ride delivers you safely to the top (although when the gondola goes over the towers be prepared for a slight swing). Enjoy the great scenery (4100ft elevation), world famous lumberjack show, birds in motion, and my favorite; the grizzly bear habitat.

    For the energetic ones in the group, feel free to run to the top referred to as the Grouse Grind.

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    Awesome views of Vancouver

    by skatzcatz Written May 25, 2004

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    Grouse Mountain Cable Car

    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.

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    Grouse Mountain

    by karen75 Updated Jun 16, 2009

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    Visiting the Clouds....

    After visiting the suspension bridge, I hopped on another bus and headed up to Grouse Mountain. Heard from the bus driver that there was a snow storm up in the mountain and that visibility was zero; however, I didn't believe him because it was October and it was pouring rain when I was on the bus. Arrived at the base of Grouse Mountain and I purchased my ticket (approx $17) to go on the skyride. The ride up the mountain was a very long ride and was kind of scary when I kept looking down, but other then that, it was a great ride. After arriving at the top of the mountain, I was in utter shock at how much snow there was. There was so much snow, that I couldn't see a few feet in front of myself. Anyhow, since I was unprepared for the snow and couldn't really see much from the top of the mountain, I got back on the skyride and rode back down.

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    Gondola ride up to Grouse Mountain

    by Dabs Written Aug 19, 2006

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    Thanks to one of our terrific VT meeting co-hosts, YVRDave, we got to go up to the top of Grouse Mountain for free which normally costs a whopping $29.95!!!!

    We hadn't eaten in hours so our first stop was at the snack bar where we grabbed hot dogs and hamburgers and then it was onto the grizzly bear habitat. I was expecting to see cubs but their two resident grizzlies were over 600 lbs. and near maturity. After a short talk by the ranger, we circled their enclosure and finally were able to get a few pictures of them playing in their pond.

    And then off to the World Famous (ha, ha, what isn't these days?) Lumberjack show. Entertaining in a cheesy way, I'm sure this is great fun for kids.

    A couple of suggestion:

    The fast food options on top of Grouse Mountain weren't great and overpriced ($4.50 for a hot dog), bring your own picnic lunch or eat before you go.

    If you are paying $30 to go up to the top, plan on spending a good portion of the day here. There was a lot more that we didn't get to see.

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