Grouse Mountain Resort is a major tourist attraction a 25-minute bus ride from Vancouver. 4,000+ Feet at its peak, it is a popular skiing destination. Public access to the mountain top is by an aerial tramway or a 1.8 mile hiking trail known as the Grouse Grind that is known for its high degree of difficulty—average grade of 17 degrees with some up to 30, and a total of 2,830 stairs. Needless to say, we took the tram.
The Resort is open year-round, with four chairlifts and 26 runs in the winter. In summer, it features a scenic chairlift ride to the peak with its fabulous views of Greater Vancouver. From there, adventure seekers can take a ziplining adventure and do some tandem paragliding. We did neither; however, the tandem paragliding looked really cool and has been added to our bucket list!
We had lunch at Altitudes Bistro, a viewpoint restaurant with really good food. I had probably the best ever seafood pasta featuring local shrimp, scallops, and salmon…yum! There is also a cafe featuring cafeteria-style food.
Two 14-yr old brown bears, Grinder and Coola, live in a refuge near the chairlift—they were found as orphans and grew up there, so are used to having people gawk at them; it appeared at times they were actually posing for pictures.
When we got back downtown, we went to Bellaggio Cafe a dockside restaurant we had visited last year drinks and some fried calamari. It overlooks the Cruise Terminal docks and there was a ship in port; that made us think of our upcoming cruise to Alaska on the Celebrity Millennium coming up in a few days.
Back at the apartment, we enjoyed leftovers from yesterday’s “feast” and talked about tomorrow’s plan: visiting Stanley Park.
[Written while cruising, posted from Seward]