On a clear day the view from Grouse Mountain will leave you breathless. It is undeniably the most accessible outdoor playground Vancouver has to offer and definitely lives up to its alternate name, the PEAK of Vancouver. Due to its close proximity to downtown and the North Shore, Grouse Mountain appeals to locals and tourists alike.
The eight-minute Skyride tram is an experience in itself. Put 100 outdoorsy types either pre- or post-adventure crammed inside of a swift moving mode of mountain transportation—the anticipation and energy is very exciting. The Skyride climbs high above the tree tops and unloads passengers into an epic winter wonderland—and then, the Munday Alpine Snowpark awaits.
You’ll spend most of your time in your snowshoes discovering new tracks—or continuously trekking the tried and true trails for new wonders. No matter your fancy, The Blue Grouse Loop or Dam Mountain will be sure to keep you coming back for more. Here’s the real reason snowshoers keep coming back: the extra-curricular activities before and after the trail are endless… and challenging.
The Grouse Grind. Locals live for it, but when winter hits it takes a new form. The Snowshoe Grind has a hardcore reputation and is a relentless personal challenge. Starting mountaintop, it’s 5.1k up, only open in daylight and included with your pass or lift ticket.
Be sure to hit some of the training clinics before you embark if it’s your first time or you could be asking for a serious wake up call. No problem if you don’t have your own snowshoes, rentals are available at the Fireside Hut.
Recommended guided tour >> Snowshoe Grind drop-in training nights.
Après-snowshoe >> Altitudes Bistro—negate your entire workout with mountain size nachos and a cold pint.
Where to stay >> Pick and choose from any mid-range price point hotels along Capilano Road—you’ll be spending your time on the trails anyways.
What to know >> The peak of Christmas—snowshoe, pond skate, sleigh ride, ski and even dine with Santa in one beautiful outdoor locale, and the price for all is included in your general admission.
For families >> Bring the kids!