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(North Vancouver) Just in time for the May long weekend (and launch of the Summer of Bear Discovery), Grouse Mountain is pleased to announce that the Grouse Grind hiking season will open for the 2014 season on Saturday, May 17 from 6:15 am until 7:30 pm.

“We are very excited that the iconic Grouse Grind trail has opened for the 2014 season,” said Grouse Mountain general manager Michael Cameron. “Vancouverites can again begin their quest for fitness. The slate of events planned celebrate an exciting summer of fundraising, challenge and achievement on ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster’.”

One of North America’s most well-known hikes, the Grouse Grind is a 2.9-kilometre trail that begins at the base of Grouse Mountain and concludes just outside the Peak Chalet.

Also launching this weekend is Grouse Mountain’s Summer of Bear Discovery which includes a wide variety of one-of-a-kind bear-themed activities suitable for the whole family. Featuring ranger talks and interpretive information at the Grizzly Lookout, bear-themed movies in the Theatre in the Sky, and an opportunity to meet Grouse Mountain’s very own bear mascot, visitors will be able to make their visit extra special during a unique and memorable Breakfast with the Bears on scheduled dates June through September.

In addition, Grouse Mountain’s summer activities will open in full force this weekend, including ziplining, the legendary Lumberjack Show, Birds in Motion demonstration, guided eco-walks, Eye of the Wind tours and much more.