See what's happening in Grinder and Coola's mountaintop habitat
Imagine a wilderness sanctuary where endangered animals can explore and play, knowing they’re safe and secure. You’ll find all this and more at our research, education and conservation centre on the mountain. The Refuge also offers leading-edge interpretative programs that make learning about nature fun and fascinating - and it’s all included in your Alpine Experience ticket.
How do you know when Grizzly Bears are playing or when they really mean business? Why do ravens hover in the sky more at certain times of the day? Our rangers know. Included in your Alpine Experience ticket are talks by our wildlife experts or check out their blog entries to keep up-to-date on our favourite furry residents.
Ever wonder how bees make honey? Want to know what it is like in a bee keeper suit? You're in luck. This summer Grouse Mountain launches Hive Tours - part of our Summer of Small Wonders. Explore an active hive under the careful tutelage of an expert bee keeper.
Grinder was found in 2001 in Invermere, BC. He was wandering alone on a logging road, dehydrated, thin, weak and weighing only 4.5 kg. His mother was never found so we’ll probably never know why he was alone. Grinder is outgoing and high-spirited. And he has established himself as the dominant bear despite his smaller size. If you see Grinder and Coola play fighting, you can bet he started it.
In 2001, Coola was found orphaned on a highway near Bella Coola, BC. His mother had been killed by a truck and, of her three cubs, Coola was the only one to survive. Coola is an easygoing bear who’s content to let Grinder take the lead in new discoveries. He can usually be found submerged up to his neck in the large pond, carefully feeling around for his underwater 'bath toys' - a log, large bone and favourite rock.
Breakfast with the Bears
Enjoy early Skyride access, learn during an interactive Ranger Talk with a bear feeding, and watch Grinder and Coola explore their habitat before heading to the Grizzly Lookout Cafe for a beary delicious breakfast. Available throughout the summer
At Grouse Mountain we appreciate and respect wild places and wildlife. In Summer 2012 we’ve launched our Remarkable Raptors program to help bring presence and reverence for birds of prey.
The timber wolf of the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife is a retiree from the movie industry. Originally born into captivity and hand raised, Alpha was unable to be released into the wild. Now he makes his home within a large protected habitat at the base of the Mountain, where he can roam freely and explore his surroundings. Alpha can often be spotted from our parking lot or as you travel up the Skyride.
Grouse Mountain is an active participant in the North American Hummingbird Monitoring Network. Our team maintains a feeding station on top of the Mountain and carries out hummingbird monitoring sessions every two weeks in the spring and summer. By carrying out this important research every year, a larger picture of hummingbird ecology, migration and behavior is being put together across North America.