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

Official Website: Grouse Mountain

Fee: Yes From: $61.95 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Grouse Mountain Admission

With admission to Grouse Mountain, just north of downtown Vancouver, you can enjoy  panoramic  views  as  you  travel  to  the  alpine  aboard the Skyride – one of North America’s largest aerial tramways.  When you arrive at the top, take part in a wide variety of outdoor adventure, cultural activities and education experiences.  In summer, see wildlife like bears and owls, and enjoy fabulous views of the forest and Vancouver.  In winter, enjoy adventures including the stunning Light Walk, Sliding Zone, outdoor skating pond, or give snowshoeing a try on an array of trails.  Skates, sleds and snowshoes are available for rent (additional cost). Grouse Mountain transforms into Vancouver's North Pole from November 23 to January 6 - visit Santa in his workshop, see real live reindeer, vote for your favourite Gingerbread Village creation and so much more. 


Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • 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

Category: Hiking

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

Phone: +1 604-980-9311

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
4 out of 5 4 Star Rating
Based on 283 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating This is by far much better than the Capilano Suspension Bridge! Lots of different activities and there's actually a view (although easily obstructed by... Read More

Ting A. Oct-09-2019

1 Star Rating For the price charged ($50 CAD) a total ripoff (and did I mention the parking fees). The thing most promoted for the summer season were the great views of... Read More

Greg B. Aug-23-2019

5 Star Rating I'm a local and it's not often I'm up here - but whenever there's family/friends visiting Vancouver, it's definitely a worthwhile place to go & explore.... Read More

Smallstudio D. Aug-14-2019

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Directions

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Expo or Canada LineWaterfront Station1 Minute

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

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