Grouse Mountain: The Peak of Vancouver

Grouse Mountain
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!

  • Directions: Take the seabus from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver. Once in North Vancouver at Lonsdale Quay, take the #236 "Grouse Mountain" bus. It will drop you off at the base of Grouse Mountain's Skyride.

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