Complete Guide to Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, BC

Winter Sports & Summer Activities on Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain Skyride
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One of the Top 10 Vancouver Attractions, Grouse Mountain is a year-round resort that offers skiing and snowboarding in winter, hiking in spring and summer, and entertainment, outdoor activities and unparalleled views in every season.

Located about 15 minutes north of downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is a favourite destination for visitors and locals alike. Its year-round attractions include the famous Grouse Mountain Skyride (North America’s largest aerial tram system), which takes visitors on a one-mile aerial journey, and the Eye of the Wind wind turbine (which also has stunning city views), as well as shopping and dining.

History of Grouse Mountain

Climbing Grouse Mountain used to be a multi-day journey and the first recorded hikers reached the summit in 1894, naming it "Grouse Mountain" in honor of the Blue Grouse birds that they had seen, and hunted, along the way.

The Tyee Ski Club was formed in 1929, making it one of the oldest ski clubs in Canada, and in 1949 the world's first double chairlift opened, replacing a two to three hour hike up the mountain.

In 1966 the Skyride opened, as did a brand new mountain station, which was home to two restaurants, gift shops and other facilities. Since 1990, more than $25 million has gone into adding facilities and events to Grouse Mountain to make it into a year-round attraction.

Winter Attractions at Grouse Mountain

Winter at Grouse Mountain is packed with activities. The closest ski resort to downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain has 33 ski and snowboard runs and four lifts. While Grouse can't compete with Whistler, it is comparable to Cypress Mountain, with runs for intermediate, advanced, and beginner skiers. 

Other winter outdoor activities at Grouse Mountain include snowshoe trails, the kid-friendly Sliding Zone, an outdoor, illuminated Light Walk, sleigh rides, and the annual Peak of Christmas winter holiday celebration, which includes appearances from Santa.

Spring, Summer & Fall Attractions at Grouse Mountain

Whatever time of year you go, Grouse Mountain is so packed with activities that you can easily spend the entire day there. If you love fine dining, you won't want to miss a chance to have dinner or dessert at The Observatory, which boasts some of the most breathtaking views of any restaurant in Metro Vancouver.

From wildlife watching to mountain movies and epic views, there's fun for all the family at Grouse Mountain. Here are some of the major attractions that you'll find there:

In addition to the year-round activities, summer visitors can Mountain Zip Line, visit the bears at the Wildlife Refuge, play disc golf, go paragliding, and take a breathtaking Heli-Tour.

Grouse Grind

When its not too snowy or icy, Grouse Mountain is home to one of the most famous hiking trails in Vancouver: the Grouse Grind. The 2.9km trail up the face of Grouse Mountain isn't easy--the steep uphill climb is for intermediate and expert hikers only. Admission to hike is $15 and includes the gondola ride back down (downhill travel on foot is not permitted as the trail is too steep). Wear appropriate footwear and layers as the weather can change quickly and the ground can be wet or uneven. The trail begins at the parking lot near the Skyride and is mainly made up of steps and step-like inclines -- it's called "Mother Nature's StairMaster" for a reason and it should only attempted by people with a good degree of fitness.

How to Visit Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain is located at 6400 Nancy Greene Way in North Vancouver. Parking is available for drivers, or visitors can use public transit. In the summer, a General Admission ticket allows visitors to use the Grouse Mountain shuttle, which picks up at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver.

Places to visit nearby

If you do want to combine a trip to Grouse Mountain with other Vancouver attractions, the famed Capilano Suspension Bridge is located practically next door. Another of the Top 10 Vancouver Attractions, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is home to the Suspension Bridge, plus other outdoor adventure attractions like the Cliffwalk and Treetops Adventure.

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