Distance From Vancouver (South End of Lions
Gate Bridge) to Grouse Mountain parking lot:
7.4 km. Turn left onto Capilano Road in North Vancouver right after crossing the
Lions Gate Bridge. Or use Capilano Road exit from Highway 1 and go North. Upon
arriving to the Grouse Mountain parking lot, either take a gondola (see rates
below) or hike up via Grouse Grind
(very tough trail).
Chair lift ride, views, grizzly bears, an eagle, and joyful zip-liners.
Of note: There is little shade, so watch
out for sunburn. Admission is expensive, if you skip Grouse Grind and
choose a gondola ride to the top.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
Page 11 (North Vancouver) D7.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
Other Trips in North Vancouver area:
Crown Mountain Trail Hike,
Mount Seymour Trail
Hike, Goat Mountain Trail Hike,
Grouse Grind Trail Hike,
Falls Trail Hike.
Grouse Mountain Recreational Area is a popular destination for skiers in
the winter. In the summer one can enjoy other activities, such as
zip-lining, paragliding, hiking, and watching various outdoor shows. Of
course, two orphaned grizzly bears are there too, in their very large
enclosure, separated from people by an electric fence.
This attraction does not come cheap. Admission
rates (to get on the gondola going up from the parking lot) are $40 per
adult, $24 per youth, $14 per child, and $36 per senior. A family with
two youths would thus be out of $128 before
they even board the gondola and ride to the top. Add $5 per vehicle to
park all day
(there is a free dirt lot on the right side at the
end of the Capilano Road). Additional expense awaits those who would want to visit an
observation deck at the wind turbine - $28 per ticket. And there are
several eateries there as well.
Of course, if the entire family is fit, why not
save the money and hike up
Grouse Grind, skipping the gondola ride
to the top. It is a very taxing hike, as described on the previous page.
Do note that an unpleasant surprise happens when you get to the top and see a
huge "downhill travel prohibited" sign. There are no cops waiting to
ambush downhill travelers, and some people did take advantage of that. I
was told by the Grouse Mountain staff that the money are needed to
maintain the trail. But get this: there is NO note regarding the prohibition of the downhill
travel posted at the bottom of the trail. So, once you get to the top,
you are very much ambushed into shelling $8-10 for a gondola ride down.
In what has to be one of the most innovative marketing moves of all
times, the downhill gondola ride costs $10, but if you buy a bottle of
Whistler spring water in the cafe ($3 for 500 ml, or $4 for a litre),
you get $5 off from the $10 gondola ticket cost. Thus, it is cheaper to
buy water AND to ride the gondola down ($3+$10-$5=$8) than it is NOT to
buy the water and pay $10 for the downhill gondola ticket.
As mentioned, parking costs $5 for the day. I am not
sure if there is still a free dirt lot available nearby, like it was
seven years ago. A few bus routes (232, 236, 247) serve Grouse Mountain as well,
including at least one tourist sightseeing bus.
there is now a "Downhill Travel Prohibited" note at the Grouse Grind
trailhead. Also, the water promotion has ended, and the downhill ticket
is $10. Finally, gravel parking lot D is free of charge, if you can find
a place there.
Lot D parking now costs $2 for up to 2 hours, or $4 for the entire day.
We at the end of Capilano Road in North Vancouver and are entering
Grouse Mountain parking lots (five of them there) area. Capilano
Suspension Bridge is behind us on Capilano Road.
Grouse Mountain Parking Lots entrance North Vancouver British Columbia
2. Parking lot A. Lots of space
on this Tuesday, but weekends could be packed. The dark building on the
right side is where the gondolas arrive and depart from.
Grouse Mountain Parking Lot A North Vancouver British Columbia Canada
3. A gondola arriving.
Grouse Mountain Gondola North Vancouver BC Canada
4. People lined up to buy
Grouse Mountain Visitors
3. Here are the parking rates. $3 for
two hours, and $5 for all day.
6. There are several carvings in
Grouse Mountain Wood Carving North Vancouver British Columbia Canada
7. We went a few hundred feet
back to enter the
Grouse Grind trail,
described on the previous page. The entrance to the trail is on the left
side behind the crosswalk.
Grouse Mountain near the entrance to Grouse Grind Hiking Trail
8. We have just finished the Grouse
Grind and are greeted by The Peak Chalet in the Grouse Mountain
Recreational Area. See the blue structure on the left side?
Grouse Mountain the Peak Chalet North Vancouver British Columbia Canada
9. That's where sweat-soaked
Grouse Grind conquerors flock to cool down.
Update: this tent was a promotion by Whistler
Water, so it is not a permanent feature.
Cool Water Mist on Grouse Mountain Courtesy of Whistler Water
10. Nice (if hazy) view from the top.
Metro Vancouver view from Grouse Mountain
11. Several eateries are
available inside the chalet.
Inside Photo of The Peak Chalet - Grouse Mountain
12. Now let's take a look at the
local attractions. You can have a ride in a helicopter...
Helijet Helicopter on Grouse Mountain North Vancouver British Columbia
13. Enjoy many carvings...
Grouse Mountain Wooden Carving
14. Or do the zip-line.
Zip-line station on Grouse Mountain North Vancouver British Columbia
15. Zip-liners' shrieks of joy
were heard very often.
Grouse Mountain zip lining
16. Must be fun!
Zip liners on Grouse Mountain
Meanwhile, this young man was practicing the log roll battle.
Log roll battle practice Grouse Mountain North Vancouver British
18. No snow, so the all-terrain vehicles rest.
All-terrain vehicle Grouse Mountain North Vancouver British Columbia
19. So do the snowmobiles.
Photo of snowmobiles on Grouse Mountain North Vancouver BC Canada
20. No Summer break for the eagle, though. Needs to do
the shows several times a day.
Eagle on Grouse Mountain North Vancouver British Columbia Canada
21. All shows on the Grouse Mountain are free, once
you get to the top.
Eagle and handler on Grouse Mountain
22. Now we are proceeding to a
large hill. There are three roads ahead of us. The road on the right
goes uphill to the wind turbine (you can see a bit of it sticking out on
the right side of the photo). The road in the middle leads to the hiking
trails, and the road on the left leads around the grizzly bear enclosure
and to the Scenic
Chair ride, which goes to the wind turbine area.
Grouse Mountain North Vancouver British Columbia Canada
23. It's good to be a grizzly
bear and live in the enclosure on Grouse Mountain. The enclosure is
simply huge, and both resident
bears managed to hide somewhere when a lady with a microphone came out
to tell the visitors a story about the habitat. But we saw one bear on our way back
(photos on the next page). Here is a pool for the bears. There is an
electric fence beyond the wooden one.
Grouse Mountain Grizzly Bear Enclosure
24. We are approaching the
"Scenic Chair" lift.
Grouse Mountain North Vancouver British Columbia Canada near the Scenic
25. It is a popular attraction and saves you a trip up
the hill. Plus, the admission is free.
Line-up to the Scenic Chair on Grouse Mountain North Vancouver BC Canada
26. Chair lift riders.
Riding the chair lift on Grouse Mountain BC Canada
Our Trip Report
continues on page 2.
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