Welcome to Grouse Mountain
The crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver is widely considered one of North America’s most beautiful cities and once you step foot on the city’s sandy shores and stop to look up it isn’t difficult to see why. With the ocean on its doorstep and the Coastal Mountains keeping a watchful eye over the city, Mother Nature is literally at the doorstep of the local outdoorsperson or traveler who prefers towering evergreens over a glass skyscraper.
Of that Coastal range, the one nearest to the downtown core is Grouse Mountain, just a 15 minute drive from where the Lions Gate Bridge spans the Burrard Inlet. With a history
dating back to Vancouver’s earliest days, Grouse Mountain received its name in 1894 when a visiting hiking party encountered a blue grouse bird on the alpine slopes.
Over time, Grouse Mountain has become part of local folklore, harkening back to an era when the only way up to the 1,100-metre plateau was via an unpaved back road…or by taking one heck of a hike.
The first North Shore mountain to formally open for skiing and the world's first resort
to debut a double chairlift, Grouse Mountain was the site where many early Vancouverites got their first taste of winter sport and to this day many locals are learning to ski or ride on the same mountain that their great-grandparents frequented.
Perhaps it is because of this tradition of trailblazing that Grouse Mountain has become Vancouver’s most popular destination for local and international guests alike. For the local, Grouse Mountain is a familiar presence on the Vancouver skyline as the lights of The Cut have illuminated the North Shore for decades.
Regardless of whether their interests are snow sports
or summer activities
, the mountain offers something for everyone who calls Vancouver home.
For the international guests, it’s that proximity to nature and the abundance of year-round attractions that entices them to board the Super Skyride
Are you interested in learning more about what Grouse Mountain has to offer our visitors? Please contact our Communications Manager Julia Grant here