I did the Grouse Grind with S., a trail up Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC. The trail is 1.8 miles, 2800 ft. elevation gain, and is nicknamed “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.” Though the Grouse Grind goes up through a forest, the trail is by no mean’s natural; it is well-groomed with hundreds of wooden stairs.
Most tourists take the gondola up the mountain. Since the Grouse Grind is steep and there are a fair number of runners on the trail, no one is allowed to go down, only up.
At the top of Grouse Mountain, there were a number of tourist activities. There were photo opportunities by totem poles, birdwatching, helitours.
We watched a scripted comedic lumberjack show. Two lumberjacks competed with each other in axe throwing, log running in the water, wood carving, climbing up poles. I was really impressed by their skills. They were able to get a bullseye every time they tossed their axes. With spurs on their feet, they were able to climb up and down a wooden pole in twenty seconds.
There was a grizzly bear. A ranger explained that they weren’t holding the bear in captivity like a zoo; this was a temporary measure for the bear’s safety because of the fire danger.
After lunch, we took the gondola down. It was so much faster than our hike up!