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Grouse Mountain is Vancouver’s all-year outdoor playground, where visitors can go biking or hiking in the summer, and skiing or snowboarding during the winter. The park attractions, the breathtaking scenery, and the abundant wildlife all add up to an unforgettable Vancouver holiday.
Fifteen minutes north of Vancouver, the Grouse Mountain experience begins onboard the Grouse Mountain Skyride, North America’s largest aerial tram system. The Skyride takes visitors high above the towering Douglas firs to reveal stunning views of the city, with the Pacific Ocean sparkling in the distance. The Screaming Eagle is a high speed chairlift that whizzes guests across one of the ski runs. The Air Grouse Ziplines are another way to defy gravity, taking guests above the alpine forest to swoosh through the air at more than 50 kph.
The ultimate gravity defying experience is offered by First Flight Paragliding, which conducts tandem paraglider flights that jump off from Grouse Mountain Peak to land at Cleveland Park some 1,000 metres below. The flight includes 20 minutes of ground school, 15 to 20 minutes of flying time, and a 10-minute debriefing.
Summer activities include the Lumberjack Show, where two groups of axe-wielding foresters re-create a lumberjack competition from the 1900s. The show is a 45-minute whirlwind of log rolling, tree climbing, axe-throwing, and a heart-stopping springboard chop competition. A bird show features some of the fastest birds in the world demonstrating their speed and accuracy. Falcons, eagles, owls, and hawks fly freely around Blueberry Bowl to show off their natural hunting skills.
In the winter, guests can go ice skating in a 750 square metre outdoor pond, sleigh around on bio-fuelled Snow Cats, or slide downhill on the Sno-Limo.