The highlight of this extraordinary tour is the ride to the top of the towering wind turbine on Grouse Mountain, where you'll enjoy stunning views in every direction.
It's a leisurely coach ride from the pier to the base of Grouse Mountain, which was first officially climbed in 1894. Along the way, the intrepid climbers hunted Blue Grouse, which were plentiful at the time, inspiring them to name the mountain for the birds. Over the next 100 years or so, cabins, restaurants and recreational facilities were added, turning Grouse Mountain into one of Vancouver's most popular year-round destinations.
Upon arriving, you will first ride a tram to the chalet level and then hop on a chairlift that will take you to the top of the mountain and the turbine known as the Eye of the Wind. Once there, an elevator will then whisk you up the shaft of this amazing 20-story wind turbine. Near the top, just below the giant 125-foot long blades, you'll enter a circular, glass-enclosed pod that offers breathtaking 360-degree views. You'll look out over the forested wilderness, the city of Vancouver, various islands and the majestic Coastal Mountains. If it's clear, you can even see snow-capped Mount Rainier in the still-volcanic Cascade Range in the state of Washington. This unforgettable opportunity of viewing a working turbine from above, is something few people get to experience.
Once you descend, enjoy some free time to explore some of Grouse Mountain's other attractions, such as the endangered wildlife refuge where you might grizzly bears. Perhaps stroll along a nature trail, or shop in the Spirit Gallery for merchandise locally produced by First Nations artists.
When your visit draws to a close, you'll re-board your coach and travel back to the pier in Vancouver.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 45-minutes of walking, a ride on a chairlift, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns and may not be suitable for those who have a fear of heights. Weather appropriate clothing, including a light jacket or sweater, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.