This is one of the things on my bucket list while I’m here in Vancouver: A hike up Grouse Mountain. I’ve missed hiking so much and finally saw an opportunity to leave the city for a couple of hours, just being in nature and inhaling fresh air. Wow, I can’t wait!
The Grouse Grind, as you might have already heard of or visited, is a 2,5 kilometre trail up the face of the mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, how awesome is that? You should join us this weekend for a challenge! Remember to bring comfortable clothes, hiking/running shoes and a rain jacket (just in case, you all know Vancouver weather can’t be trusted), snacks and lots of water. We meet up tomorrow (September 17th) at Waterfront Station, 10am to catch the sea bus to Lonsdale Quay. From Lonsdale quay we take the bus to Grouse Mountain (approximately 25min ride). When we get there we will start our hike to the top together.
Here is some trail facts
Length: 2.5 kilometres
Elevation Gain: 800 meters
Base: 290 metres above sea level
Summit: 1,090 metres
Total stairs: 2,830
On average it takes up to 2 to 2.5 hours to complete the hike (let’s see if we can do it in an average of 2 hours). I am so excited about this hike!! 🙂
At the top of the mountain there’s a chance to meet Grinder and Coola, two Grizzly bears who made Grouse Mountain their home. It is also possible to have FIKA (as we say it in Swedish) meaning; sitting down, having a coffee and a bun for instance. I recently heard there’s also a booth that serves Canadian Beaver Tails which is a must have while you’re here! Don’t worry they are not actual beaver tails. 😉 Find out yourself what kind of treat the Canadians like.
Following hanging out at the top for a bit it’s time to take the gondola back down. It costs $20, but I heard it’s worth it after climbing up the mountain and it gives us nice views over downton.
After the hike we optionally have the chance to explore Lonsdale Quay known as a very popular marketplace with shops and a beautiful view of Vancouver. There is also a festival happening at Lonsdale Quay: Shipyards Festival this Saturday 17th, from noon till 10pm and this event is for free! The venue of the festival includes a large area along the Shipyards district in North Vancouver. This event features musical performances by various artists and there are also areas at the festival where +19 can enjoy craft beer while listening to music. Let’s check it out together!
Other optional activities on the weekend:
Visit (MOA) Museum of Anthropology at UBC. The museum is open daily between 10am-5pm. Tickets are available on spot or online.
How to get to MOA by transit from Vancouver: The westbound 25,33,R4,44,49,84,99 B-line, and 480 buses arrive at UBC Exchange. Get off at UBC Exchange (the last stop) and walk northwest for 15 minutes.
The Westbound 4 and 14 buses arrive at an depart from university Boulevard. Get of at University Boulevard (the last stop) and walk northwest for 20 minutes.
Oh, and I won’t forget to mention that there is one more festival coming up at Main Street: A Car Free Day festival featuring live music, street performances, market vendors and thousands of people which takes place on September 18th, between 12pm-7pm.
Here are some fun facts about the Car free Days: Since 2008, Car Free Vancouver Society has hosted Car Free Days along Commercial Drive, Main Street and the West End to nature and grow the car free culture. By blocking off major thoroughfares, Car Free Days gave people the chance to experience what cities could be like with more space for pedestrians, not cars.
I really like the idea of it and I definitely want to check it out! Let me know if you’d like to join me. 🙂
See you on the weekend! 🙂