365 Canadian Sights | Day 71: Cityscapes Week – Grouse Mountain and Vancouver

| Image from Flickr/Falco Ermert via CC BY 2.0 |

While Vancouver has lots of great sea level vistas, the most expansive and impressive is from the local ski hill, capturing much more of the city, and therefore (in my mind) is a better cityscape.

Grouse Mountain is one of the best known visual features of Vancouver, though you might not recognize the name. However, often, when you see some part of the city with a mountain in the background, Grouse is in the shot.

However, for this sight, we’re standing on Grouse and looking back. With the city spread out below, along with the ocean and shipping lanes, we get more than a bird’s eye view. This is a height more associated with aircraft, and while we’re not right over the city, a decent zoom lens can capture all sorts of details on a clear day.

Conversely, a wider angle can capture a great panorama.

And in either case, a night shot is also great, given the bright lights of a metropolis below.

Well, there are a few ways. Let’s start with the hardest. Called the Grouse Grind, it’s probably the most famous hike in a city known for its hiking. The 2.9 km trail rises over 850 m. That’s…a lot. I haven’t done it, but it’s a sort of popular thing, depending on who you hang with. It should be noted, though, that you do have to pay to get back down — the trail is one way only — on a gondola.

Ok, but really, for most, the view is attained by taking the gondola both ways. That’s not the cheapest thing, right now it’s $56 for the return trip and access to some activities at the top. At least there is transit over there, so if you do want a day of hiking but don’t want to rent a car, this would be an option.

The mountain is ranked 11 on things to do in North Vancouver (technically a seperate municipality from Vancouver proper) while the gondola that takes you up is number nine, if that gives an indication of the popularity and views available (the gondola offers up some views as well).So yes, TripAdvisor users like them

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