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Visiting Grouse Mountain Vancouver – is it worth it?

If you’re visiting or living in Vancouver, you’ll quickly notice that Vancouver is flanked by mountains to the north.

One of these mountains is Grouse Mountain (you can usually make out the wind turbine on the top!). Grouse Mountain Vancouver sits in between the Cypress ski area to the west where you’ll find Black Mountain and Eagle Bluffs, Hollyburn Mountain and Mt Strachan and then Mt Seymour to the east.

Grouse Mountain is just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver and offers some of the best views of downtown Vancouver once you’re up the top.

In the winter, you can go skiing at Grouse Mountain and in the summer it’s one of the best things to do in Vancouver.

There are so many things to do on Grouse Mountain in summer from completing some of the best hikes in Vancouver to watching a lumberjack show, paragliding, playing disc golf and seeing the resident Grouse Mountain bears, Grinder and Coola.

As a local in Vancouver, I’m sometimes quick to dismiss Grouse Mountain as a ‘tourist attraction’ and it’s easy for many to decide that the cost of riding the Grouse Mountain Skyride isn’t worth it, just like with the cost of Capilano Suspension Bridge nearby.

However, every time I’ve been up to Grouse Mountain (and there have been many, I go up the Grouse Grind at least once a week in the summer!) I remember just how much it has to offer.

If you’re visiting Vancouver, here is everything you need to know about visiting Grouse Mountain Vancouver in both winter and summer.

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History of Grouse Mountain

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View from the SkyRide gondola to Grouse Mountain

Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain was named by the first recorded hikers to make it to the top way back in 1894.

Whilst hundreds of people a day say they’ve climbed Grouse Mountain after having completed the Grouse Grind, in 1894 it would take 3-4 days of hiking to reach the top!

There was no Lions Gate bridge connecting Stanley Park and what we now know as Downtown Vancouver to the North Shore and no roads either.

The mountain got its name as the climbers hunted Blue Grouse (a type of bird) along the way.

Soon after this ascent, more hikers took on the challenge and this saw the building of cabins until eventually, it became the Grouse Mountain of today.

At its highest point, Grouse Mountain is 1,231 meters (4,038 feet) above sea level. Though not the highest point on the North Shore Mountains (that’s Mt Brunswick), it’s still referred to as “the peak of Vancouver”.

The famous Grouse Mountain Skyride gondola opened in 1966, and this is still the most popular way to get to Grouse Mountain.

Where is Grouse Mountain?

Grouse Mountain is about a 20 minute drive from downtown Vancouver (as long as the traffic is good!). If you’re leaving during rush hour which starts around 3 pm, then it can take longer if Lions Gate Bridge is backed up.

Grouse Mountain is just over 12 km from downtown Vancouver to the North and, since it’s so close, it’s become one of the best things to do in Vancouver for both visitors and locals (like me!).

I visit Grouse Mountain almost weekly during the summer as I hike up the Grouse Grind after work.

Even if you have just a day to spend in Vancouver, it’s entirely possible to do that since it’s so close to the city.

How to get to Grouse Mountain?

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Views on the Peak Chair

Free shuttle bus to Grouse Mountain

Getting to Grouse Mountain is easy thanks to the free shuttle bus that departs from Canada Place in downtown Vancouver.

During the summer months (June to early September), the shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 8 am until 7 pm, taking you from the Vancouver Waterfront straight to the base of Grouse Mountain.

Best of all, the shuttle is free with your mountain admission ticket, so you can sit back and enjoy the ride without worrying about any extra costs.

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Public bus to Grouse Mountain

If you’re not buying a sky ride pass, or you’re visiting when the shuttle bus isn’t running, you can also get public transit to Grouse Mountain.

That’s one of the reasons so many of the hikes up on Grouse Mountain are listed in my top transit hikes in Vancouver!

If you’re up for a little adventure and want to see more of the city, consider taking the Seabus from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.

It’s a fun ride with great views, and Lonsdale Quay is a fantastic area to explore as well!

Once you arrive, take bus #236, which will take you straight to Grouse Mountain in about 25 minutes.

This will cost under $5 each way for adults, but you can also purchase a day pass for $11 CAD. If you’re travelling with children under 12, they get to ride for free!

You can pay for both the Seabus and the buses with your debit/credit card with contactless/tap enabled, or with a Compass Card. It’s slightly cheaper to use a Compass Card so I’d recommend getting one if you’re staying in Vancouver for a while, or living there.


Driving from downtown Vancouver to Grouse Mountain is a great option, but keep in mind that parking at Grouse Mountain can be a challenge, especially during weekends in the summer.

To get there, simply head over the Lion’s Gate Bridge in Stanley Park and stay in the righthand lane to head towards North Vancouver. The first junction after the bridge is signposted Capilano/Grouse, so follow the signs from there.

Read more: Do you need to own or rent a car in Vancouver?

If you do choose to drive you’ll need to pay for parking. The cost is $8 CAD for 3 hours or $10 CAD for a full-day parking ticket. You can pay at the machines with coins or a credit card, or use the Pay-By-Phone app on your cell phone for convenience.

If you drive an electric car, there are charging points near the entrance to the Grouse Grind.

If you plan to visit often, you can get a one-year parking ticket for $50 CAD. This is a great option if you plan on making multiple trips to Grouse Mountain throughout the year. If you buy annual admission to Grouse Mountain, you get a parking pass for a year included with that too.

Another option is to use Evo Car Share. With this, you won’t need to pay for parking since the foot of Grouse Mountain is the home zone and you can end your trip there so you’re not charged while exploring Grouse Mountain.

Use my code 227NTN4Z to join Evo for free and get $25.00 of free drive time.
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If you need to rent a car you can do that in downtown Vancouver or from the Vancouver airport and then following the driving directions above.

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I use comparison sites like DiscoverCars and RentalCars to book my car rentals as it’s easy to check prices and compare the best deals!

Uber/Taxi to Grouse Mountain

Since the arrival of Uber and Lyft in Vancouver, you can now use them, or the usuall cab companies, to get. tothe foot of Grouse Moutnain.

The journey should take between 15-20 minutes and costs fluctuate according to demand and the time of day.

Organised tour to Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain is a popular stop on lots of sightseeing tours of Vancouver. This is an easy way to get there without having to worry about your transport since most tour packages include round-trip transfers from your hotel in downtown Vancouver.

It’s also a good option if you don’t have long to spend in Vancouver and want to see as much as possible in a short time.

I’ve included some more tours that take you to Grouse Mountain towards the end of this post!

How much is the sightseeing gondola (Skyride) up to Grouse Mountain?

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The top of the gondola at Grouse

The cost for the gondola ride up to Grouse Mountain is usually just under $73 CAD (tax included) for adults, $52 CAD for teenagers aged 13-17, and $38 CAD for children aged 5-12. Children under 5 ride for free.

If you’re a BC resident, you can get this at a slightly lower rate.

Additionally, if you plan to hike up the Grouse Grind and take the gondola downhill (since hiking down the Grind is not allowed), you can purchase a download-only ticket for $20 CAD once you reach the top.

In the winter, you need to pay for your ski lift ticket or snowshoeing trail access in addition to your Skyride admission price.

An annual pass for Grouse Mountain costs $229 + tax and there are family passes available which give you a discount of 30%. It comes with lots of additional discounts including:

  • 50% off Mountain Admission Tickets – 4 guests per visit (not valid on download tickets)
  • 1 free Annual Parking Pass (only with adult + senior passes)
  • 1 free Mountain Zipline Tour 
  • 1 free Mountain Ropes Adventure
  • 20% off Grouse Mountain Retail (doesn’t include some brands)
  • 20% off at the Grouse Mountain Starbucks® location

Best things to do on Grouse Mountain in Summer

1. Ride the Peak Chairlift

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Included in the Grouse Mountain admission ticket is a free ride on the Peak Chairlift, which takes you up to the peak of Grouse Mountain.

On a clear day, the views from the top are truly breathtaking, so be sure to take a look east and try to spot Mount Baker! You’ll also get stunning views of downtown Vancouver too.

The Peak Chairlift takes 14 minutes to ride, its opening hours vary depending on the daylight hours and weather conditions.

During the summer, the chairlift typically closes at 5:30 pm latest, so if you plan to take the gondola or Grouse Grind up at after 5 pm, you likely won’t make the cut off for this chairlife.

However, you can also hike to the top of Grouse Moutnain. It’s a short easy hike that winds around the side of the mountain on a gravel-dirt path. Do not walk straight up the ski run that goes directly underneath the chairlift.

2. See Grinder and Coola in the grizzly bear habitat

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At Grouse Mountain, you’ll have the chance to meet two very special residents: Grinder and Coola.

These two grizzly bears were rescued as young cubs back in 2001 and have been living at the habitat on Grouse Mountain ever since.

During the spring and summer months, you may spot Grinder and Coola cooling off in the pond or searching for food left out for them. They reside in the Into the Wild sanctuary and can usually be spotted from late April or early May until November once they’ve woken up from their hibernation!

In the winter, you won’t be able to see the bears, but you can watch them on the Grouse Mountain webcam as they sleep – it’s not as creepy as it sounds!

While it can be tricky to find them during the day, you can often find them swimming when it’s hot, as they love to take a dip in the water!

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3. Watch a lumberjack show

If you’re visiting Grouse Mountain in the summer, don’t miss the world-famous Lumberjack show, which showcases the skills and strength of lumberjacks in a short, fun and engaging show.

The Grouse Mountain lumberjack show gives you the chance to watch a competition between log rolling, pole-climbing, axe throwing, and more.

The show runs from May to October and is included in your mountain admission pass.

You can catch the show at the Into the Wild animal sanctuary, usually at 11:15 am, 2 pm, and 4:30 pm.

Be sure to plan your visit accordingly and try to attend the lumberjack show while you’re up at Grouse Mountain!

4. Do free yoga at Grouse Mountain

If you’re looking for a unique and invigorating yoga experience, head up to Grouse Mountain in the summer for yoga.

Every Saturday and Sunday from early July to the end of August (weather permitting), Grouse Mountain has free 1-hour long yoga classes at 10 am.

You can either get the Skyride gondola up to the top of Grouse Mountain or take the Grouse Grind before your yoga class.

The first 50 yogis to arrive for the class will be provided with yoga mats, so be sure to arrive early as these classes are back by popular demand!

Local tip: These places get booked up quickly, so make sure you book in advance!

5. Go Paragliding

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We did this this one year for my husband’s birthday and it was so much fun.

You make your way up to the the top of the peak and meet the instructor from West Coast Soaring Club who will be getting you down the mountain safely.

He’ll give you a quick briefing, wait for the wind, and then you’re off!

6. Hear an Owl Talks show

Make sure you don’t miss the Owl Talks as part of your trip to Grouse Mountain.

Another Grouse Mountain attraction included with your Mountain Admission ticket, the owl talks are hosted by wildlife specialists with talks taking place every day in the summer season near the Grizzly Bear Habitat.

During one of the Owl Talks, you’ll learn about these amazing “silent-flying” raptors and their natural history and conservation concerns.

You’ll get to meet some of the owl ambassadors, such as Cleo the Barn Owl, Blizzard the Snowy Owl, and Odin the Barred Owl. Each owl has its own unique story and characteristics, and you’ll learn about its habitats, natural behaviours, and conservation efforts.

7. Watch the Birds in Motion Show

The Birds in Motion show at Grouse Mountain is a super cool show to watch up at Grouse Mountain in the summer where you’ll meet trained falconers and their feathered companions, including golden eagles, peregrine falcons, owls, and red-tailed hawks.

Watch these birds fly and swoop above your head while learning interesting facts about them.

This free show runs during the summer months and features demonstrations at 12:45 pm, 3:15 pm, and 5:30 pm at the animal sanctuary.

Prepare to be captivated by the aerial majesty of the Golden Eagle, the world’s fastest-living animal, or the breathtaking rush of the Peregrine Falcon diving from the sky.

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8. Take in the views

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After taking the Skyride or hiking the Grind, take a break to appreciate the breathtaking views of the city from The Peak of Vancouver.

Grouse Mountain offers unmatched views from the stunning mountain ranges to the city of Vancouver down below.

There are 5 designated lookout points for you to find as you explore Grouse Mountain. At each lookout, there are comfortable Adirondack chairs. The five Grouse Mountain lookouts are:

  • The Peak of Vancouver Lookout
  • The Georgia Strait Lookout.
  • The Wilderness Lookout
  • The Cascade Mountains Lookout
  • The Grizzly Lookout

9. Hike up Grouse Mountain for free

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On the Grouse Grind trail

If you’re a hiking enthusiast visiting Vancouver or a local who hasn’t yet experienced the Grouse Grind, you won’t want to miss this challenging trail.

Known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster” hiking the Grouse Grind isn’t easy. It’s short sure, but it’s endless steps taking you up almost 900 m in under 3 km.

The trail is free to hike and starts at the parking lot at the base of the mountain.

If you want to time yourself, you can purchase a timer card for $25 CAD and track your efforts and speeds on the Grouse Mountain app.

You’re not allowed to hike down the Grouse Grind, so you need to either purchase a $20 download ticket, or you can hike down the BCMC which is another hike up and down Grouse Mountain. This hike is also very steep and more rugged than the Grouse Grind so I wouldn’t recommend hiking down it unless you’re used to Vancouver hikes.

The Grouse Grind opens at around 7 am and closes at dusk. It’s only open in the summer months and closes for a week or two every spring for maintenance work before reopening for the busy summer season.

The trail is very popular and it’s not got many views along the way. It’s definitely more of a workout than a pleasant hike to do with great views. If you’re looking for great Vancouver hikes, I’ve got plenty of better suggestions!

You’ll get many Vancouverites using this as their daily workout so try and stick to one side when hiking up so they can get passed you.

Here’s what you need to know before you hit the trail:

  • Distance: 2.5 km one way
  • Elevation gain: 853 meters
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Duration: 2-2.5 hours

AllTrails is my go-to hiking app for finding, planning, and navigating while I’m out on the trails. With offline maps on AllTrails+ you can be confident you’re still on the right track, even without mobile signal.

10. Enjoy one of Vancouver’s best patios with a view

The Observatory is a fancy restaurant located within a chalet on the mountain.

The outdoor patio and the large windows that provide breathtaking views of the mountain and the surrounding landscape. It’s definitely one of the best patios and rooftop bars in Vancouver.

The menu features locally crafted beers, great wines from Okanagan vineyards and seasonal, local ingredients.

During the summer, the menu leans towards lighter dishes, while in the winter you can do a fun snowshoe and fondue tour that’ll make you feel like you’re in the Alps.

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11. Go on other hikes at Grouse Mountain

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If you love hiking, be sure to explore the many Grouse Mountain trails beyond the famous Grouse Grind.

If you’re up for a challenge, you can tackle the Goat Mountain Trail, or try the BCMC Trail heading back down the mountain. There’s also Crown Mountain, Dam Mountain, Little Goat Mountain and Thunderbird Ridge.

Thunderbird Ridge and Dam Mountain can be done as a scenic loop trail at the back of Grouse Mountain. They have amazing views and my favourite time to do this is around sunset. Just be sure to bring your bug spray in the summer!

Crown Mountain is another popular hiking trail accessible from Grouse Mountain. This is a very difficult hike with a lot of elevation gain since you descend before the final climb up to Crown Mountain. There’s also some scrambling and you’re in backcountry terrain.

AllTrails is my go-to hiking app for finding, planning, and navigating while I’m out on the trails. With offline maps on AllTrails+ you can be confident you’re still on the right track, even without mobile signal.

12. Try zip lining

During the summer, Grouse Mountain offers a thrilling zip-lining experience with their 3 or 5-line circuits that go across the peaks and canyons of Grouse and Dam Mountains.

The five-line tour takes two hours and reaches speeds of up to 70km/h while exploring the mountaintop and taking in breathtaking views of Vancouver and nearby mountain ranges.

You’ll be given all the necessary safety equipment and an introductory briefing before heading out on the zipline.

All the ziplines at Grouse Mountain are a dual-line system, so you can fly side by side with a friend or family member, and the trip also includes a ride up the scenic Peak Chair with incredible views of the surrounding area and city.

13. Attend theatre in the sky

At the top of Grouse Mountain, you can find a 100-seat high-definition cinema, known as The Theatre in the Sky, which offers an immersive experience to learn about Grouse Mountain’s history and wildlife.

Whether rain or shine, this cinema is open all year round and is a great activity for the entire family.

Admission to the cinema is included in the gondola ticket price, but it’s always advisable to check the current hours of operation before your visit.

14. Try the Ropes Adventure

For those seeking adventure but not necessarily ziplining or paragliding, the ropes adventure at Grouse Mountain may be just the right amount of adrenaline for you.

Navigate through tunnels and challenging obstacles as you climb through the treetops when visiting Grouse Mountain in the summer.

The treetop course at Grouse Mountain is suitable for those aged over 8.

The course is only open during August and September, and tickets can be purchased online, including the gondola ticket, a safety briefing, and all equipment.

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15. Head up Eye of the Wind

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The Eye of the Wind is a wind turbine that sits on top of Grouse Mountain and can be seen from downtown Vancouver if you know where to look.

On top of the turbine, there’s a glass viewport from which you can enjoy awe-inspiring 360-degree views of Vancouver and the surrounding area.

The wind turbine was constructed to provide 25% of the mountain resort’s electricity, making it an eco-friendly and sustainable addition to Grouse Mountain.

16. Enjoy a meal at The Observatory or Altitudes Bistro

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For an unforgettable dining experience with breathtaking views, head to either The Observatory or Altitudes Bistro on top of Grouse Mountain.

The Observatory offers an upscale 2- or 3-course seasonal menu, with winter experiences such as “Snowshoe and Fondue” tours also available.

Altitudes Bistro is more casual, with an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner and you can also find Canadian pub favourites like burgers and nachos while taking in the stunning views of Vancouver.

17. Play Disc Golf

During the summer months, you can enjoy a game of disc golf on Grouse Mountain.

If you’ve never heard of disc golf, you’re in for a treat. Disc golf is a fun and challenging activity that involves using frisbees to hit targets along an 18-hole course.

Plus, you’ll get to take in stunning views of the mountain terrain while you play.

Just remember to bring your own frisbees. We played Disco Golf at Queen Elizabeth Park near Main Street in Vancouver which was great fun when friends were visiting.

18. Take a helicopter ride at Grouse Mountain

Want to do something extra special during your trip to Grouse Mountain?

Experience the stunning beauty of BC’s landscape with Blackcomb Helicopters, one of the top touring companies in the Sea to Sky region.

Whether you want to explore local highlights or take in the coastal scenery, their helicopter tours will leave you breathless.

Though not available in the winter, during the summer months, you can enjoy same-day, walk-in Heli-Tours at The Peak of Vancouver.

19. Go Skyride Surfing at Grouse

Experience the thrill of surfing through the sky on the rooftop of the Grouse Mountain Super Skyride with limited availability at the Skyride Surf Adventure.

During the Skyride Surf Adventure, you’ll stand on top of the gondolas which whisk people up and down Grouse Mountain.

You’ll get the fresh air on your face and even better views than you usually get when riding the Grouse Skyride.

You can book your spot at Guest Serviecs on the mountain. Tickets cost $35 per person and you’ll need Mountain Admission Tickets too.

What are the best things to do at Grouse Mountain in winter?

20. Skiing

Grouse Mountain has been a winter wonderland since 1926 and offers a range of skiing and snowboarding options for all levels.

The mountain boasts 33 runs and four chairlifts, including the famous “The Cut” piste, which is considered one of the best in the world.

There are also 15 night runs, so you can shred some slopes even after work which was one of our favourite things about living in Vancouver.

You can rent all the equipment you need right on the mountain, and ski lessons are available for both adults and children.

Ski passes vary in price, depending on the time of day and the season.

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21. Snowshoeing

Grouse Mountain also offers four snowshoe trails that range from beginner to advanced difficulty.

The trails are well-marked, and each one offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

The easiest trail is the Blue Grouse Loop, while the most challenging is Dam Mountain also known as the Snowshoe Grind (below).

You can rent a pair of snowshoes at Grouse Mountain and access to the snowshoe trails is included with your mountain admission ticket during winter.

22. Grouse Mountain ice skating

During the winter months, you can enjoy some ice skating at Grouse Mountain.

This classic Canadian winter activity takes place on a fairly large skating rink outdoors. This means you can enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery while you skate.

Skate rentals are available if you don’t have your own, and the rink is open from 10 am to 8 pm, weather permitting.

23. Go tubing at the sliding zone

Take in the exhilarating feeling of sliding down a snow-covered mountain at the sliding zone next to the skating pond on Grouse Mountain.

Rent a sled for only $5 CAD per day or $10 CAD for a season-long rental at the Fireside Hut.

This is such a fun activity at Grouse Mountain in winter that’s perfect for both kids and adults, and promises an exciting time sliding down the lanes surrounded by snow-covered fir trees.

24. Do the snowshoe grind at Grouse Mountain

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Snowshoe grind in early summer

The Snowshoe Grind at Grouse Mountain is the resort’s answer to the Grouse Grind for the winter season.

This steep winter hike is definitely a workout (especially in snowshoes) but is a great replacement for the Grouse Grind which is closed in winter.

Start by taking the Grouse gondola up to the top and then when you arrive look for the orange SSG markers.

You’ll see a timer chip where you can track your time if you wish. Then, it’s simply a case of just following the markers as you make your way up the snowshoe grind and the summit of Dam Mountain.

25. Do the Light Walk at Grouse Mountain

The Light Walk is an enchanting winter experience that starts at dusk and is open throughout the winter at Grouse Mountain.

Enter the walkway through the glowing light tunnel located just off the mountaintop Skating Pond, and marvel at the beauty of the Blue Grouse Lake as you walk or snowshoe on the path lit up by a series of lights.

Enjoy the magical and mystical feel of the winter night with the snow crunching under your feet, and the majestic mountain as a backdrop.

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25. Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

The Peak of Christmas sees Grouse Mountain turned into Vancouver’s very own North Pole. During the Peak of Christmas, you can meet Santa’s Reindeer, go ice skating under the stars, take a sleigh ride, and go on a magical light walk around Blue Grouse Lake.

The peak of Christmas opens from the end of November until early January and should be on your list of things to see in Vancouver in winter.

Best tours that visit Grouse Mountain Vancouver

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Grouse Mountain Tour

Experience the beauty of Vancouver’s North Shore with this tour which includes a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Grouse Mountain.

Walk amongst the treetops on the Capilano Suspension Bridge and take in stunning views of Vancouver’s skyline.

Then, head to Grouse Mountain for a variety of activities, such as snowshoeing, skiing, and snowboarding.

The tour includes round-trip transportation, admission tickets, and a knowledgeable guide.

Vancouver Mountain to Mountain

Experience the natural beauty surrounding Vancouver with a full-day trip to the North Shore, visiting Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain.

This eco-certified tour includes admission to both attractions, as well as the Capilano Fish Hatchery.

Admire the stunning views of Lions Gate Bridge and explore Stanley Park’s 1,000-acre urban rainforest.

On this tour you’ll walk along the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Cliffwalk to see the impressive First Nations artwork, and then take an exhilarating Treetops Adventure.

Next, you’ll head to Grouse Mountain to take in breathtaking panoramic views, attend the Lumberjack Show, see Birds in Motion, and experience the Skyride.

Transportation, admission fees, and knowledgeable guides are all included.

This tour is suitable for all ages, and previous guests have praised the excellent driver and guide as well as the incredible views they saw.

Vancouver’s top attractions by twilight with dinner

This tour is the perfect way to experience the natural beauty and rich culture that Vancouver has to offer.

Your adventure begins with a pickup from your downtown hotel, followed by a scenic drive through the breathtaking mountains and landscapes surrounding the city.

You’ll then cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge, taking in the stunning views of the river below, and explore the thrilling Cliffwalk.

Afterward, you’ll ascend Grouse Mountain on the gondola Skyride for a delicious dinner at Altitude Restaurant, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Your tour will conclude with a narrated drive through Stanley Park, where you’ll see the ocean, rainforest, and mountains, before a final drive through Gastown and Chinatown to your hotel.

North Vancouver Mountains Private tour

If you want to explore the natural beauty of Vancouver, this day-long tour is the perfect opportunity. You’ll start by driving through the stunning Lions Gate Bridge, offering breathtaking views as you trvel through Stanley Park.

If you’re taking the tour between October to March, your first stop will be the charming village of Deep Cove, located by Indian Arm. You’ll have the chance to stroll through the village and take in the picturesque marina with fantastic views for photos.

If your tour is between April to September, you’ll visit Grouse Mountain and enjoy a ride on the Skyride. Here, you can watch the lumberjack show, see birds of prey, and visit Grinder and Coola, the resident grizzly bears.

Next up is Capilano Suspension Bridge Park before visiting Capilano River Regional Park to see the Cleveland Dam, spillway, canyon, and the spectacular Lions peaks of the North Shore Mountains.

If time permits, you’ll also take a drive the scenic Sea to Sky Highway and visit Horseshoe Bay.

What to wear when visiting Grouse Mountain?

Although Vancouver isn’t known for super hot summer weather, it can still reach mid to high 30ºC in the summer months.

However, since you’re up a mountain, it’s usually a little bit cooler at the top of Grouse Mountain than it is in the city.

You should bring layers for your visit, including waterproofs since you never know when it’s going to rain.

If you’re planning on hiking, be sure to check out my day hiking essentials packing list, as well as what to wear hiking in hot weather, or what to wear hiking in summer. These packing and hiking guids are focused on Vancouver’s climate.

Also, be prepared for mosquitoes, as they can be bad in the summer months, particularly as the snow begins to melt. Bring bug spray or bug wipes to help keep them at bay.

If you’re visiting Grouse Mountain in winter, Grouse Mountain receives heavy snowfall and temperatures can often dip below freezing.

You should dress appropriately for the cold with thermals, multiple layers, a warm jacket, thick socks, and snow boots or good waterproof hiking boots.

Since the sun reflecting off the snow can be quite bright, it is important to wear sunglasses and use suncream.

FAQs about Grouse Mountain

How much does Grouse Mountain Cost?

Grouse Mountain is not the most budget-friendly activity in Vancouver, but it’s worth the expense as there’s so much to do up there.

To reach the top, you’ll need a Mountain Admission Ticket, which includes access to the Skyride, Peak Chairlift, Lumberjack Shows, Birds in Motion Demonstrations, and Ranger Talks at the Bear Habitat.

Adult tickets cost $73, while children aged 5-16 are $38, and under 4s are free.

BC Residents can enjoy a discount.

Do I have to take the cable car?

Yes, unless you plan on hiking up the Grouse Grind or the BCMC trail.

However, you can’t walk down the Grouse Grind and while you can walk down the BCMC it’s steep and rugged and so not recommended unless you’re familiar with Vancouver’s North Shore hikes.

If you have hiked up, you can get a download ticket for $20 – much cheaper than the ride up. If you’ve hiked up you can also see the shows and the grizzly bears but may not be able to ride the peak chairlift (though in my experience, no one has ever checked if I had a mountain admission ticket).

When does the Skyride open?

The Skyride operates from 8:45 am to 10 pm daily, and if you’re an early bird and plan to complete the Grouse Grind, you can catch the first downhill Skyride at 7:30 am.

Is there any food on Grouse Mountain?

Yes, there are several places to eat on Grouse Mountain, ranging from quick snacks to a fancy lunch or dinner.

The Grizzly Lookout Cafe and The Grouse Grind Coffee Bar offer muffins, sandwiches, and coffee.

For something more substantial, Altitudes Bistro with views over the city, The Rusty Rail BBQ & Beer Garden (only open in summer), or there’s The Observatory too which does fondue evenings in the winter.

What are the hours at Grouse Mountain?

Guest services and the ticket center at Grouse Mountain open at 7:30 am and close at 8 pm and 9 pm respectively, every day of the year.

The first Skyride uphill departs at 8 am, and the last ride down is at 10 pm.

Hikers on the Grouse Grind can catch the first ride down at 7:30 am.

The opening hours for the Grouse Grind trail vary with the season and usually range from 7 am – 4 pm towards the beginning of spring and end of fall, and from 7 am – 7 pm during the peak summer months. The Grouse Grind is closed in winter.

Two coffee shops open at 7 am, while lunch spots open at 11 am, and the Observatory restaurant opens at 5 pm for dinner. It is recommended to check the opening hours before visiting.

What facilities are there at Grouse Mountain?

To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable visit to Grouse Mountain, there are plenty of facilities available to visitors.

You can start at Guest Services at the Main Plaza located at the mountain base, where you can find information on current events, activities, and conditions. Here, you’ll also find toilets, a Starbucks, and bicycle racks.

At the top of the mountain, on the main floor of the Chalet, you’ll find Alpine Guest Services. Here, you can get assistance, find information, and rent lockers.

To rent snowshoes, skates, sleds, and snowboards, you can visit the Fireside Hut. You can book rentals online in advance, and a tune-up service is also available if you bring your own ski gear.

There are several options for eating and drinking on the mountain.

For those interested in shopping, there are three retail outlets to choose from. These include the gift shop at Guest Services, the Spirit Gallery Gift Shop, where you can purchase locally-made artisan goods, and the Outfitters store where you can buy outdoor apparel and equipment.

If you’re hiking up the mountain, toilets are available in the parking lot where the Grouse Grind trail begins. It’s important to note that there are no toilets along the trail, so it’s recommended to use them before starting the climb.

There are also water fountains by both visitors centres (top and bottom of Grouse Mountain).

When is the best time to visit Grouse Mountain?

The activities you can enjoy on Grouse Mountain depend on your interests and the season you’re visiting.

For skiing enthusiasts, the winter season is ideal. December is also a great time to visit as the mountain transforms into a winter wonderland with ice skating, a lights walk, and a chance to meet Santa Claus.

For those seeking a challenge on the Grouse Grind trail, plan to visit between May and October as the trail is closed in winter.

Additionally, visiting Vancouver in summer is the best time to see the resident grizzly bears at the wildlife sanctuary as they hibernate in winter.

Can you visit Grouse Mountain all year round?

The good news is that the Skyride on Grouse Mountain is open all year round, so you can enjoy the stunning views at any time of the year.

However, certain attractions have seasonal availability. For instance, skiing and snowboarding are winter-only activities, and the Mountain Ropes Adventure course and other activities on Grouse are only open during the peak summer season.

While you can visit the wildlife sanctuary year-round, the grizzly bears hibernate during the winter months. Although you can still catch a glimpse of them via webcam, you won’t be able to see them up close.

Hibernation typically starts in late November and the bears usually emerge in April, but exact dates can vary.

During winter, you can still go ziplining if the weather permits, but only on three of the five lines.

How much does it cost to go skiing at Grouse Mountain?

To ski or snowboard at Grouse Mountain, lift tickets cost $79 CAD per day for adults on weekdays and $89 CAD on weekends.

Teenagers pay $59 CAD on weekdays and $65 CAD on weekends, while children aged 5-12 pay $31 CAD during weekdays and $35 CAD on weekends.

If you plan on skiing multiple days, purchasing a 3-day pass provides a discounted rate, and you can add extra days to the pass for an even greater discount. The pass is valid for any day of your choosing throughout the ski season and doesn’t need to be used consecutively.

You can also get night skiing lift tickets at Grouse which cost $65 CAD for adults and are valid from 3 pm.

How long do you need to visit Grouse Mountain?

To fully enjoy everything Grouse Mountain has to offer, you should plan to spend at least a few hours there.

During the summer, you can easily spend up to 6 hours exploring the mountain and trying out activities such as hiking, ziplining, disc golf, or a mountain ropes adventure.

Winter offers fewer activities, so if you’re not interested in skiing, 3-4 hours is enough. However, if you are planning to ski or snowboard, you might want to spend multiple days on the mountain to get the most out of your trip.

Is Grouse Mountain wheelchair accessible?

During the summer, Grouse Mountain is a highly accessible destination for wheelchair users. There are designated stalls and access ramps for the Skyride in parking lot A at the base of the mountain. At the top, there are plenty of paved pathways, and the Chalet has ramps between floors and wheelchair-accessible washrooms.

However, wheelchair users cannot access the Peak Chairlift. Alpine Guest Services in the Chalet at the mountaintop can arrange special accommodations to help wheelchair users visit the peak. Nonetheless, it is essential to keep in mind that although the paths at the peak are well-maintained, they are not paved.

During winter, the mountain is regrettably not wheelchair accessible due to snow. Wheelchair storage is available at Guest Services for individuals who can leave their wheelchairs for a period.

Is Grouse Mountain worth visiting?

Absolutely! As a Vancouver local, I can highly recommend visiting Grouse Mountain, as there is so much to do, from hiking in the summer to skiing in the winter. No matter the time of year you visit, the views are breathtaking.

It is truly one of the top attractions in Vancouver, so if you have the chance to visit, don’t hesitate!

Final thoughts on visiting Grouse Mountain Vancouver

Visiting Grouse Mountain in Vancouver offers a range of experiences for all ages, making it a family-friendly destination.

Activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, ziplining, disc golf, and mountain ropes adventure are available, depending on the season.

The Skyride is a must-try attraction, offering 360° views of the surrounding area. The wildlife sanctuary is open year-round, and visitors can see grizzly bears and other animals in their natural habitats.

There are several places to eat and drink on the mountain, ranging from quick snacks to upscale dining experiences.

Grouse Mountain is wheelchair accessible in the summer, with designated stalls and access ramps available.

I can highly recommend visiting Grouse Mountain and consider it a must-visit destination for any one putting together a Vancouver itinerary.

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Last Updated on March 21, 2023 by Hannah

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