Grouse Mountain: Ride the Gondola or Hike the Grind

The Grouse Mountain Gondola (Skyride) offers spectacular vistas as it briskly transports you to the summit where you will find a wealth of year round activities and dining options

Spectaular sunset view of Vancouver and beyond from Grouse Mountain
Spectaular sunset view of Vancouver and beyond from Grouse Mountain cc licensed photo by Robert Nyman

Famous for skiing and winter activities, Grouse Mountain is a year round 'playground' that offers a wealth of activities throughout the year. This is a very easy place to spend an entire day exploring. You certainly won't regret staying long enough to enjoy the sunset and watch the city transform into a sea of lights as night falls.

The peak of Grouse Mountain reaches just over 4000 feet above sea level offering spectacular views of Vancouver and the surrounding mountains. On a clear day you can see all the way across Georgia Straight to Vancouver Island as well as to Mount Baker in Washington State.

Public transit takes you right to the base of the Grouse Mountain Gondola (Skyride) where your admission fee includes the spectacular gondola ride up to the Chalet along with plenty of fun things to see and do at the top.

During the summer months you can hike up the mountain for free via the famous Grouse Grind hiking trail which gains 2800 feet in just 2.9 kilometres. This is a pretty tough hike so we only recommend it if you are in good physical condition, have suitable footwear and clothing and take along plenty of drinking water. The average hiker takes 1½ to 2 hours to ascend the trail. If you do decide to hike up the Grouse Grind, you can get a discounted rate for the gondola ride back down from the top. You can also enjoy all of the activities that are included in the fee for the ride up.

The first lodge on the mountain was built by hand in the 1920s by hauling planks up the same route as the trail. Over the years it has grown and developed into the multifaceted destination it is today.

Summer activities covered by your admission include the Gondola (Skyride) up and down the mountain, The Theatre in the Sky, The Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, The World Famous Lumberjack Show, Birds in Motion Demonstration, Scenic Chairlift Rides and Mountaintop Eco Walks. Other exciting activities available for an additional charge include, tandem paragliding, ziplining, helicopter tours and also their newest attraction - The Eye of the Wind, a massive power producing wind turbine with an elevator and a 360 degree observation area (watch the video below for more on this).

In addition to skiing, winter activities include the Skyride up and down the mountain, The Theatre in the Sky, The Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, Snow shoeing (rentals available), Outdoor Ice Skating, Sleigh Rides, and The Peak of Christmas.

There are several different dining options on the mountain: The Observatory (Fine Dining), Altitudes Bistro (Contemporary Dining), Lupins Cafe, Grizzly Lookout Café and the Grouse Grind Coffee Bar.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes From: $50.35 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Grouse Mountain Admission

Leave Vancouver behind for a day in British Columbia’s great outdoors. With admission to Grouse Mountain, just north of the city, you can see endangered wildlife like bears and owls, ride one of North America’s largest aerial trams, go snowshoeing, see birds of prey in flight, watch lumberjacks in action, and enjoy fabulous views of the forest and Vancouver in the distance.


Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9, Canada

Phone: (604) 980-9311

Official Website: Grouse Mountain Gondola

Directions

Skytrain, Seabus and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo or Canada LineWaterfront Station1 Minute

How to get to Grouse Mountain Gondola by Skytrain, Seabus and Bus

From Waterfront Station take the Seabus over to Lonsdale Quay. After exiting the Seabus walk to Bay 8 at the bus loop and catch the #236 Grouse Mountain bus and take it to it terminus at the base of the Grouse Mountain Gondola (Skyride). Note: This route takes you past three other attractions so if you are planning to visit them you may wish to stop off and see them along the way. They are Lonsdale Quay Public Market, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Cleveland Dam

During the summer months, Grouse Mountain also operates a free shuttle bus service between Canada Place which is right next to Waterfront Station. During July and August, on days with good weather, it runs every 30 minutes on the half-hour between 9:30am and 5:30pm. Full details can be found on the official website linked to below.

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Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5

5 Star Rating Enjoy very much! View Vancouver on clear day. Lots to do. Check on line varies depending on season. Snowed day I was there on top of mountain which was cool. Bottom of mountain was clear day

Steven Stewart - 11 days ago

4 Star Rating Grouse Mountain is a must see destination for anyone travelling to Vancouver. There is the well known Grouse Grind trail that carries up the mountain all the way to the base of the top where the gondola exits. One great thing about the gondola here is that you don't have to drive all the way up the mountain like Seymore and Cypress. This is a huge convenience especially in winter when the mountain has a fair amount of snow. Once you get to the top of the mountain, you get gorgeous views of the lower mainland which is stunning. And skiing down the cut and top peak is what the view is all about. During summer, there is a carving show, wind turbine tours and many things you can do like seeing the grizzly bears. There is even an ice rink in winter if you are up for some skating. I wish the restaurant would carry a healthier selection of food and improve the food quality just a bit. Maybe offering more allergy friendly options would be nice as well. During peak hours, the eating area in the chalet is definitely not big enough and the restaurant lineups are huge. It would be great if Grouse Mountain would upgrade the size of the chalet but because of capital costs, it definitely won't happen anytime soon. And also, why don't you guys turn off your lights at night along the cut and top of the mountain where nobody uses it? This really doesn't seem economical or environmentally friendly. It would also be wise to get LED lights as your electric bill must cost you a fortune.

Ryan K - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place for families and hikers, do not miss it. We skipped the Grind trail, but did pretty much everything else they offer. Do not miss the chair to the top, where the views are awesome and you can visit the impressive windmill. The grizzly bears in their habitat and the Lumberjack competition are very entertaining, specially for kids. At the end of the day we enjoyed a nice dinner and a wonderful view in the bistro.

Juan Carlos Rovetta - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Climbing up the side of this mountain was one of the most amazing things I've ever done. It was challenging and tough, but it was also beautiful and peaceful. The Grind trail was very steep, but making it to the top was one of the most satisfying feelings ever. Having a restaurant at the top of the mountain only made it better. We had really great food and spend some money in the souvenir shop. They even had a little pen where they kept grizzly bears that we could hang out with after dinner. The view at night was just spectacular. All in all this was an amazing trip, and I'll never forget my climb up The Grind ;)

Brittany Bookworm - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The highest point in BC! Bought "The Ultimate Experience" family of four package. Took the Tram up. This took us to The Eye of the Wind turbine. Although clouds come and go but the view was amazing! We did not do the "Grind" which a lot of people said its worth a time challenge. Stayed for sunset. Kids friendly. The 45 minute Lumber Jack show was funny. Well time spent with top 360 degree view.

Cheese Burger - 2 months ago

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Eye of the Wind is just one of many fantastic experiences you'll enjoy during a visit to Grouse Mountain

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