One of the more popular mountain attractions in North Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is home to famous hiking trails, numerous ski runs, a gondola, and other seasonal attractions. The mountain itself has an elevation of 4039 feet (or 1231 meters), and contains over 200 acres of skiable area complete with 26 runs (14 of which are open for night skiing).
The first lodge was hand-built by Scandinavians in the 1920’s by carrying large planks up what is now known as the vigorous hiking trail the Grouse Grind. In the 30’s a road was built which accessed the lodge, which now serves as a ski run named the “Cut” and the first official ski season began in 1926.
In 1949 the first double chairlift was installed, followed by a second lift in 1951, these lifts were among the first double chairlifts in the world. Today, Grouse Mountain hosts 4 chairlifts and 1 magic carpet, as well as the aerial tramway which brings up visitors from the parking lot to the mountain top.
Aside from the expansive ski area, Grouse Mountain has numerous groomed snowshoeing trails which range from beginner to intermediate, and allow visitors to enjoy the beautiful snow-covered wilderness of Grouse on the 10km of terrain. Additionally, adjacent to the Grouse chalet and lodge there exists an 8000 square foot outdoor ice rink.
During Summer months many locals frequent the highly popular hiking trail known as the Grouse Grind. The trail is very steep and climbs 2800 feet over 2.9 km with an average grade of 17 degrees. The trail is also known as Mother Nature’s Stairmaster due to its steep grade and reputation. It is very popular among locals to time oneself while climbing the trail, with an average finishing time of 90 minutes. Some extremely avid hiking enthusiasts and exercise-junkies can finish the hike in less than 30 minutes. It is important to never underestimate the difficulty of the trail, as the North Shore Rescue conducts multiple rescues each and every year of hikers who collapse on route or do not leave enough time to finish the trail before dark.
Other activities at Grouse Mountain:
- The Peak of Christmas which includes the Children’s Gingerbread Village, Snowman pictures in the Winter Wonderland, a visit with Santa at Santa’s Workshop, Snowman crafting, Reindeer meet and greets, ice skating, reindeer educational talks, and Christmas movies at the mountain theatre.
- Sleigh Rides: take a memorable sleigh ride with friends or family complimentary with your Grouse Mountain admission.
- Ziplines: Grouse Mountain features a five-line circuit which takes you for an adrenaline-pumping treetop tour in one of BC’s old-growth forests. The speed reaches up to 80km/hr and lines are as high as 200 feet above the ground, and participants must be between 70 and 250 lbs.
- Snow-Limos: take a peaceful yet exhilarating ride in a chauffeur driven snow-limo ride along the spectacular snowy mountain trails, with tours ranging from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
- Theatre in the Sky: take in an educational program on the wildlife at Grouse Mountain at their high definition mountain theatre. Learn about the resident orphaned grizzly bears or take in the gorgeous snow-capped peaks as you soar high above the mountain.
- Grouse Mountain also features a gift shop and Outfitters complete with everything you need to traverse the mountain.
- Finally, Grouse Mountain is home to fine dining at the Observatory restaurant where guests can enjoy gourmet meals while taking in the breathtaking views overlooking Vancouver.