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Grouse Mountain, Vancouver: 7 reviews and 1 photos
While Grouse Mountain is a tourist trap, it's not entirely a lost cause. To be honest, I actually quite like Grouse Mountain and would recommend it to first-time visitors to Vancouver. For one thing, it's very accessible to those without a car. So for this reason alone, I'd definitely recommend it. However, if you do have a car, then you actually have more choice. With a car, you can actually drive up to the top of Cypress Mountain or Seymour Mountain... and you can do so for free! So in this situation, Grouse Mountain would be the more tourist-trappy option, and would certainly be the most expensive...
... but that's why I'm writing this. Grouse Mountain may or may not be a tourist trap depending on your situation.
Unique Suggestions: 1. Only go to Grouse Mountain on a clear day. When it's raining or when it's cloudy, you're not going to be able to see anything from the top of the mountain. As long as you can see the top of Grouse Mountain from below, then there will be a lovely view waiting for you at the top.
2. Get your tickets ahead of time at the downtown Vancouver tourist info centre at 200 Burrard Street. They sell tickets at a discount rate. While the tickets regularly cost $31.75 at the gates, at the tourist info centre they will sell them for you at $27.97, which is almost a $4-per-ticket savings. There are also student, senior and children's rates.
3. Go early in the day so that you can watch the lumberjack show, the birds in motion show, the ranger talks, the guided walking tour, and the documentary films at the theatre in the sky. Also, be sure to ride the "Screaming Eagle" chairlift ride. This is the chairlift that they use during the ski season, but in the summer they open it up for a 20 minute scenic ride. This is actually a longer (and more scenic) ride than the initial Skyride up to Grouse. The best part about it? It's included with admission!
4. Walk up Grouse Mountain via the "Grouse Grind". Don't make any mistake about it though - it's really a grind. It's a vertical staircase with little views and no real stopping areas. Locals will climb the Grouse Grind as a fitness test. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on your shape. Don't mistake this as a leisurely hike. It's a great workout, but a lousy hike. For example, I wouldn't dream of making my mother climb the Grouse Grind, but someone who runs 10km daily, it would be a nice change to their daily routine. The Grouse Grind is the only real way to get to the top of Grouse for free. It then only costs $5 to take the Skyride down.
Fun Alternatives: If you have a car, then you can bypass Grouse Mountain. Instead, drive up either Cypress Mountain (which is directly west of Grouse), or drive up Mount Seymour (which is directly east of Grouse). These mountains are free to drive up and have a lot of hiking trails at their peaks. There are no touristy attractions at Cypress or Seymour (not including the parking lot, the ski lift equipment and the cafeteria)... simply locals out to go hiking in the wilderness and to enjoy the views of the city below.
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