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Following the arrival of beautiful spring weather, Grouse Mountain is excited to announce that resident Grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola have emerged from their winter hibernation period at the Peak of Vancouver. 

This concludes the bears’ 15th hibernation period at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. Over the course of their 146-day winter dormancy, staff once again monitored Grinder and Coola's hibernation via an infrared camera placed in their hibernation den and the live feed was shared with the public on the Grouse Mountain website

"It’s wonderful to witness Grinder and Coola excitedly emerge from their 15th hibernation period", said Dr. Ken Macquisten, Refuge Director and Veterinarian. "The annual awakening of the massive male Grizzlies signals the coming of summer adventures and we are very pleased to once again invite our guests to visit us at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife." 

Regarded as two of the most popular residents at the Peak of Vancouver, Grizzly Bears Grinder and Coola were welcomed into their habitat at Grouse Mountain’s Refuge for Endangered Wildlife in 2001 after being orphaned during separate incidents in Bella Coola and Invermere. Both Grizzlies celebrated their 15th birthday during their most recent hibernation period.


Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 17th, our Chalet facilities will be closing at 4pm (with last food & beverage seatings at 3pm) due to a private event. The Rusty Rail BBQ, BeaverTails and The Grizzly Bear Lookout Café  will remain open. Additionally, a licenced BBQ will be available in the mountaintop Plaza for added outdoor dining enjoyment. Look for on-site signage providing direction to the Theatre in the Sky and washrooms.