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Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, Canada

How lucky would you be to live in or near Vancouver?  On one side of you would be the Pacific Ocean, and on the other side would be the incredible North Shore Mountains.  In between would be one of the most forward thinking, livable cities in the world.

Grouse Mountain: The biggest set of stairs you’ve ever seen… Or a beautiful gondola ride.  Note: I found this photo at the PlanetWare website.

Rising 1200 metres (4000 feet) above the sea in those coastal mountains is the famed Grouse Mountain – a mountain amusement park.  The top of Grouse Mountain features a chalet with a 100-seat theater, a mountain wildlife refuge, zipline adventure, and working wind turbine that provides 25% of the park’s power.

Johnny (or maybe Willie?) tosses an axe in the funniest lumberjack show on earth.

The hardest part of visiting Grouse Mountain (for me anyway) was deciding which route I would take to get to the top.  Visitors can take advantage of the beautiful views on the Blue Tram (gondola) or challenge their fitness on the World Famous Grouse Grind hiking challenge (“Nature’s Stairmaster”).  For some the choice may be obvious, but fresh off my conquest of Ben Nevis in Scotland, I was feeling like a challenge.  Unfortunately the trail was closed on this day, so I took the cable car.

Did I mentioned there was a fantastic Birds of Prey show?  This picture is for Marianne at http://eastofmalaga.wordpress.com/

The best reason to visit Grouse Mountain though, is that for most people it is probably the only chance they will ever have to to get close to a wild Grizzly Bear that’s not mauling it to death.  Typically, when an Grizzly Bear cub is orphaned it is killed by a Park Ranger to keep it from a life of scavenging.  However in 2001, a revolutionary idea was tested at Grouse Mountain.  Two orphaned bear cubs, Bella and Grinder, were raised in a special habitat and are now part of a research project to see if orphaned Grizzly Bear cubs can be rehabilitated and successfully released back into the wild.

This may be a wild Grizzly Bear, but don’t worry! As you can see there is a layer of chicken wire to keep you safe.

Whether it’s to get a workout or toB laugh your heart out (at the comedy lumberjack show), or any of the countless other reasons to visit, when you’re in Vancouver make sure you check out Grouse Mountain.  As a special DBBL bonus, enjoy some highlights from the lumberjack show (below)

6 comments on “Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, Canada

  1. philvb
    August 31, 2012

    Sounds like a fun place to visit. I especially like the thought of that hike, “Nature’s Stairmaster.”

    • bucketdave
      September 3, 2012

      Ha ha, I thought you’d like that one. You’re right about it being fun. It’s one of the my favourite places in Canada. I could definitely get a pass there (I’m assuming they sell passes).

  2. J. G. Burdette
    September 1, 2012

    Looks like beautiful country.

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