There is a somewhat brutal tradition in Canada’s Vancouver, B.C., and that challenge is called the Grouse Grind. If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about, the Grouse Grind is a brutal ascent up Grouse Mountain on foot.
Grouse Mountain is one of the North Shore Mountains in the Pacific Range, and exceeds 1,200 meters in altitude (or 4,000 feet, for those of us who don’t use the metric system).
During the winter, it’s an alpine ski area, but the resort actually runs all year round.During the summer months, they have wildlife demonstrations, lumberjack shows, and scenic chairlift rides. But the real star of the place during the summer months (May through October) is the Grouse Grind, a 2.9 kilometer (1.8 mile) vertical hike straight up the mountain.
I’m going to admit that when my husband and I were recently in Vancouver, we briefly discussed doing the grind and then quickly decided to pay the gondola to take us to the top instead. Disappointed in myself? Perhaps a little, but on the other hand, it really did look to be extremely brutal.
You can read more about the hike on the Grouse Grind FAQ page.
Would you do the Grouse Grind?