Welcome to Grouse Mountain!♥
Location: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9, Canada
Hours of operation: Click on Hours of Operation for more details
Entrance Fee: Yes. A round trip fare cost 44.95 CAD per person. Click on the Ticket for more details.
One of the main tourist destination during winter in Vancouver is Grouse Mountain. Whether you ski or not, there’s always something that you can do in this place. There are other ski resort in British Columbia, (Canada) but I find Grouse Mountain and Whistler the more accessible destination for someone like me who doesn’t have a car. A lot of tourist and locals visit Grouse during winter to do some winter activities or just to hang around and enjoy the cold winter weather or just to have a nice meal at the top while admiring the magnificent view.
I’ve been to Grouse Mountain during winter and summer and both season offers different kind of experience and breathtaking view. Although the best way to enjoy this during winter is to do some winter sports, there are also some activities for someone like me who just like to hang around and chill. Let’s have a closer look of what they have here. But before that, let’s check first how to get there.
This place is very accessible and one don’t need to own a car to reach the place, but if you have a car, then its even better. There is a public transit (bus) that goes directly to Grouse Mountain and it stops right in front of the entrance. From Downtown Vancouver, ride the Sea Bus to Lonsdale Quay, then take the #236 bus to Grouse Mountain (about a 25-minute ride). During Summer, there is a free shuttle that operated round trip from Canada Place to the foot of Grouse Mountain entrance, but you must have a membership to avail this free shuttle service.
Tickets and Passes
44.95 CAD per person is what it cost to take the Gondola ride up to the top of Grouse Mountain. Enjoy the beautiful scenery for 10 minutes as you watch breathtaking view of city of Vancouver, Pacific Ocean, Gulf Islands, and snowy branches of huge trees. If you are only here for a visit, it’s worth paying the price for the unique experience at the top. If you are staying longer and plan to visit the place more than once, they also offer different kind of passes and membership.
Things To Do
Don’t worry if you do not do any winter sports, there’s something for everyone in this place. I don’t do any of the winter sports, and yet I still enjoy visiting this place. Let’s have a closer look on what we could do here during winter.
- Skiing and snowboarding tops the list, as expected. A lot of locals and visitors visit this place for these two main activities. I’ve never done any of these, so I guess I won’t have any tips and story to tell about it.
- Snowshoeing – If you love the cold weather and like to walk around, snowshoeing is a good activity to try. I’ve done it once and I have to say I actually enjoyed the experience of exploring the place and seeing it in a different snowy state.
- Theather in The Sky – Sit back, relax and enjoy the short movie while you warm up yourself. Shows run weekdays with first show at 9:30am and last show at 8:00pm. Weekend, first show at 9:00am and last show at 9:30pm. Shows varies and changes every season, checkout their schedule so that you can add it in your itinerary.
- Shopping – Shop till you drop, find a souvenir to take home or simply walk around. They have “The Spirit Gallery Shop” where you can buy native and local souvenirs, they also have “Outfitters” for those who like to buy apparel and gears. Don’t be surprised with the price as they are a little bit more expensive, as expected.
- Dining – If there is something that everybody could enjoy in this place, it’s the food. Nobody leaves this place without having to try any of their dining places. Reserved a seat at “The Observatory” and enjoy the amazing view while you have your meals. If you’re feeling more casual they also have “Altitude Bistro”, or the self-serve “Lupins” and “Grouse Grind Coffee Bar” for grab and go options.
- Santa’s Workshop – The Peak of Christmas show cases holiday activities. It normally starts 3rd week of November till first week of January. Dress properly and prepare to lineup to visit Santa at his workshop. Whether you have kids with you, or you are by yourself wanting to have photo with Santa, this is your chance. The line up could get crazy sometimes so dress properly to combat the cold while waiting outside for your turn.
- Here comes Santa’s Raindeer – Santa without his reindeer will not be complete. So, come up, explore and find out who among Santa’s raindeer will be appearing this year!
I’ve always love cold weather, and if there’s a best time for me to visit Grouse Mountain, it’s during the holiday season. Since we don’t get much snow in lower mainland, this place sure gave me the feeling of white Christmas that I had always dreamed of. A truly magical place with all the Christmas decorations and lights, the appearance of Santa and his raindeer, Christmas carols, and powder white snow covering the entire area. A great day activity for holiday season that I would rally recommend if you happen to be in Vancouver during the holiday season. Bundle up and keep yourself warm. Until my next travel adventure, this is SweetNSpicy your travel buddy!
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