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 If you want a great workout...do the grind. It's definitely not a beginner's hike so be ready to work hard. At the top of the mountain there are some great walks and restaurants. In the winter, the winter sports and lounging is super fun.

Mark Estrada - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating What a beautiful place! You have to see the views from above of Vancouver or gorgeous of the sounding mountains. They are amazing and you will just stare all around for a very long time and not want to leave this place! Make sure you do some sort of an activity like zip-lining which will just make the experience 100 times better! We did the mountain ziplines, amazing, just amazing!

Lusine Harutyunyan - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating We only had one day in Vancouver and we spent it at Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain and we would recommend the same to anyone visiting for a short period of time. They had a great bird show, great views of the city and nearby landscape and a bear habitat. I would recommend buying the package that gets you all the way to the top of the Eye of the Wind

Michael Vigliotti - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating An amazing surprise - I was expecting a lame and small chairlift to a lookout of some sort. What we got was an amazing gondola ride to a real ski resort with fresh snow and even Grizzly Bears thrown in. This place was one of the highlights from a 5 week holiday adventure and should be a "must do" for everyone. I suppose the locals are used to having snow such a short drive from the city but for travellers from Queensland, Australia this was such a delightful surprise

Robert Rigby - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating Worth every $ to go up. We got a helpful tip from a tour guide that if we made a reservation at the restaurant we would get free mountain passes. We went up and paid the extra $7 for the peak and $15 for the eye of the wind. Could have gone without the eye of the wind experience in hindsight as the view from the peak is nearly as good and unobstructed. In the end you can get up here, have a meal and go to the peak for just a fraction more than if you brought the tickets outright. Definitely worth doing it that way. If you decided to go to the bistro while your all ready up there your almost wasting money as you would have paid for the ticket to get up initially anyway.

Major Tom - 25 days 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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