Located high above North Vancouver and open 365 days a year, Grouse Mountain offers numerous great activities regardless of the season including in summer.
Summertime at Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain
Things to see and do at Grouse Mountain in the summer (and late spring and early fall) include Skyride tram rides, hiking, chairlift trips, the Grouse Grind, Lumberjack shows, Birds in Motion demonstrations, mountain disc golf, grizzly bear and wolf viewing, fine dining, free movies, Eye of the Wind turbine views, ziplining adventures and even tandem paragliding.
For information on Grouse Mountain in the snowy season, click Grouse Mountain in Winter. For information on Grouse Mountain in the late spring, summer and early fall, see below.
Grouse Admission Cost
For most of the summer, the Skyride trip up Grouse Mountain when not skiing cost approximately $59 for adults, $52 for seniors (ages 65+), $32 for children (ages 5-16) and $159 for a family of four. From September 8th until November 15th, 2020, however, tickets were 50% off! Current prices may vary.
The above prices are for a Mountain Experience ticket which includes access to the movie theatre, mountain disc golf, hiking trails, grizzly bear habitat, Peak Chairlift and live entertainment like the Lumberjack performance and Birds in Motion show when in season. Unlike in previous years, it also includes rides up the chairlift.
Click Grouse Mountain Tickets for more information.
TIP #1: If you plan to go up Grouse Mountain more than just a couple of times it can be worth getting an annual pass, which costs about $199 for an adult or $399 for a family. Also, once you have an annual pass, among other benefits, you can usually take two friends up with you each time at 50% off.
TIP #2: In 2020 for a while, if you visited after 5 pm on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, admission was 40% off. That was a great deal, especially considering the sun doesn’t set until around 9 pm in the summer. There were also several other package deals that were a great value. Current rates and specials will likely be different.
Attraction Location & Directions
Grouse Mountain is located at 6400 Nancy Greene Way in North Vancouver.
Coming over from Vancouver via Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge, veer right onto Marine Drive towards North Vancouver. At the first traffic lights turn left onto Capilano Road and continue on up the hill until you hit Grouse Mountain.
Grouse Mountain Year-Round
The following activities are what you can do at Grouse Mountain during the summer, and most other times when there isn’t any snow.
Skyride Tram and Fabulous Views
The trip up to Grouse Mountain from the parking lot is a fabulous experience with stunning views on any clear day of the year.
The Skyride aerial tramway ride up offers breathtaking views of Vancouver, the ocean and all the surrounding area. Departures take place year-round about once every 15 minutes between 8:45 am and 10 at night.
Hiking and Chairlift Rides
Grouse Mountain is a fantastic place for hiking in summer – it’s beautiful, not too hot and has unbelievable views. It doesn’t cost anything to hike around Grouse Mountain once you’re on the hill, and you can hike right up to the top.
One hike that we recommend is to Goat Mountain, which is a higher peak that features a panoramic view of the city, water and mountain ranges.
There is also the Peak Chairlift you can take to the top of the hill from May until October (weather permitting).
Lumberjack Show Entertainment
In the summer at the top of the mountain there is live entertainment including Grouse Mountain’s world-famous Lumberjack Show which features a comedy competition by a pair of Canadian lumberjacks.
The 45-minute Lumberjack performance includes axe throwing, pole climbing, wood chopping and log rolling – all wonderfully fun and stereotypically-Canadian.
In years when there isn’t a global pandemic, the Lumberjack Show runs about three times a day from late May until early October and each show lasts for about 45 minutes.
Birds in Motion Show
Another great exhibit that you won’t want to miss at Grouse Mountain is the Birds in Motion show where you get to see trainers with their hawks, falcons, owls and possibly even an eagle.
Also taking place in the afternoons from early May until the beginning of October, the bird demonstrations are entertaining, educational, lots of fun and included with the general price of admission.
Grouse Mountain Disc Golf
Grouse Mountain features a great 18-hole mountain disc golf course. A round is included with your tram ride Alpine Experience ticket or Annual Pass, and discs are available for purchase. It’s lots of fun, and good exercise too!
Mountain Ropes Adventure
The ropes courses at Grouse Mountain are divided into 4 different levels based on your height, weight, age and athletic ability. It costs about $39 per person (everyone costs the same amount but you must be at least 8 years old) and lasts about 2 hours depending on how fast you go. If you have an annual pass you can upgrade it to include unlimited access to the ropes courses for $99.
Grizzly Bear Viewing
Grouse Mountain’s two resident grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, enjoy a large enclosed area full of nature, trees and lots to eat. Visitors can see these two massive creatures meandering around, except in winter when there is a live video showing them fast asleep enjoying their hibernation indoors.
Dining and Movies in the Lodge
At the base of Grouse Mountain at the top of the Skyride tramway is the main lodge, the Peak Chalet, which hosts two restaurants, a cafe/cafeteria, ski and gift shops, and a movie theatre with free films including ones about Vancouver and the lives of Grouse Mountain’s two resident grizzly bears.
Grouse Mountain Restaurants
The Observatory is Grouse Mountain’s fancy restaurant and it features great food and amazing views.
Altitudes Bistro is another great restaurant; it’s a little more casual but with equally impressive window-side scenery.
Theatre in the Sky
Films are shown in the Theatre in the Sky in the Peak Chalet and they are free with your Alpine Experience pass trip up in the tram. It’s a tiny theatre and the films are short, but they are well worth seeing.
Films run all day and start about once every half hour.
TIP: arrive early and find a seat near the top where there’s something to rest your back up against.
Eye of the Wind
One of the newest additions to Grouse Mountain is the Eye of the Wind – a massive wind turbine at the mountain’s summit that you can go up inside (for an extra $15 or so for people ages 17+). The views from there are out of this world!
TIP: Make sure to go up on a beautiful sunny day when you can see the entire Lower Mainland for miles around. If it’s overcast, then it’s not so exciting.
Ziplining at Grouse Mountain is amazing. The views are incredible and the thrills are even more so.
A 90-minute 5-line Mountain Zipline Tour costs about $89 for people without an annual pass, and $45 for a 3-line 45-minute tour. Annual pass ticket holders save about 20%. (Note: these rates are in addition to general admission to the mountain.)
For more information, click Grouse Mountain Ziplines.
The Grouse Grind
If you have the crazy urge for some unbelievable exercise and want to avoid the expense of the tram ride up, an alternative route to the base of Grouse Mountain is via the more than 2800 stairs on the Grouse Grind Trail.
The Grouse Grind is not the most scenic part of Grouse Mountain, at least not until you reach the top, but it’s certainly where you’ll get the best workout for your legs.
In 2013 Outside Magazine named the Grouse Grind one of the 10 most dangerous hikes in the world. That’s a gross overstatement – even children can do it, although they’ll likely complain a bit along the way!
The reason Outside Magazine considered Grouse so dangerous is probably because so many seniors try to do it, and people who aren’t in the greatest of shape, which leads to more ambulance attendants having to climb the trail than other “most dangerous” hikes in the world.
The Grouse Grind is a fairly grueling hike up hundreds of stairs in the middle of the forest. If you want exercise, this is a great place to come. And it’s not so hard on the knees as you aren’t allowed to hike back down – everyone has to descend by the aerial tramway (but the one-way ticket down is less than half the price of a ticket both ways, at only about $15).
The Grouse Grind is a 2.9 km hike that takes a typical novice around 2 hours to complete. Fitness addicts who run up, however, can complete the course in as little as half an hour. The ascent from bottom to top is about 2800 feet.
TIP: If you want to climb a mountain, and you have a car, visit the Stawamus Chief in Squamish which is about a 45-minute drive from Vancouver. The Stawamus Chief hike is almost as grueling as the Grouse Grind, but with less stairs and even more impressive scenery.
Hiking at Grouse Mountain
The Grouse Grind isn’t the only hiking trail at Grouse Mountain. Another great one is the hike to Goat Mountain. It’s about a 4-hour trek there and back. It’s not overly challenging, and the views are amazing.
There are other trails on Grouse Mountain itself too. And if you want to hike up to the top from the parking lot, in addition to the Grind, there is the BCMC Trail.
Paragliding at Grouse
Yes, they even have paragliding up at Grouse Mountain. Flights take off several times a day from mid-June until mid-September and cost about $200.
To participate in the tandem paragliding (where you get to float down attached to someone who knows what they’re doing), you have to be over 5 years of age and under 220 lbs (or 100 kg). It’s not for everyone, but oh what a thrill!
For more information or to book your glide, click Grouse Mountain paragliding. You won’t be disappointed (unless at the last minute you chicken out)!
Grouse Mountain is actually fairly wheelchair-accessible in the non-ski season – just not when there’s snow, although many people with mobility issues do still find it a great place to ski.
Wheelchairs can’t get everywhere at Grouse Mountain (like up the summer lifts, except for the aerial Skyride tram), but there are paved pathways to most places of interest.
For more ideas on other great things to do in the Lower Mainland, check out Vancouver’s Top Attractions.
For a list of what’s happening around town, check out Vancouver’s Best Places Events Calendar.
For information about Grouse Mountain and its year-round activities in general, click Grouse Mountain.