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Snowshoeing in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain

Snowshoeing in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain

  • Snowshoeing in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain
  • Snowshoeing in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain
  • Snowshoeing in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain
  • Snowshoeing in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain
  • Snowshoeing in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain
  • Snowshoeing in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain
  • Snowshoeing in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain

This winter, I have discovered the wonders of snowshoeing and winter hiking. Admittedly, this is the first time in my almost 5 years of living in BC that I have actually explored the mountains and trails in the winter. I’m so glad that I have!


Here is part one in a three part series of my favourite places to go snowshoeing in the Vancouver area.


Read part two (Cypress Mountain) and part three (Mount Seymour)


Grouse Mountain 


BCMC Trail

To get to the top of Grouse Mountain and the snowshoe trails, you can take the gondola up (expensive if you don’t have an annual pass) or hike up the BCMC trail (1-1.5 hours). You will likely need spikes when hiking up the BCMC trail, but the trail is well-marked and generally not busy. Find the trail directions here.

Reaching the top of the BCMC trail

Snowshoe Grind

With the Grouse Grind closed in the winter, Grouse Mountain created a snowshoeing alternative: the Snowshoe Grind. The trail starts not far from the chalet and takes approximately 1 hour roundtrip. It is a great workout and even better views. I love sliding down, bring a garbage bag with you to make sliding even easier! I have also done the snowshoe grind in spikes, which works well if the snow is packed down. Read more about the Snowshoe Grind here.

Discovery Loop and Thunderbird Ridge

If you want a longer hike, on the way up the Snowshoe Grind you will see a sign on the right for the Discovery Loop. I highly recommend it! The trail takes you out to Thunderbird Ridge and adds about 45 minutes. On a clear day, the views of Mount Baker, the surrounding mountains, and city below are incredible. Find the Grouse Mountain snowshoe trails map here.

Light Walk

One of my favourite evening activities is to hike up the BCMC trail (don’t forget a head lamp and a buddy) and visit the Light Walk at the top of Grouse Mountain. The short path opens at dusk and is beautiful. The trees are covered in twinkling lights and there are several light installations. You generally don’t need snowshoes or spikes to walk the path, but it may make things easier.

Cleveland Dam

If I take transit to Grouse Mountain, often times I will take the gondola down to the base of the mountain and walk down the hill to Cleveland Dam before heading home. It is a 15-20 minute walk from the base of Grouse Mountain and it is one of my favourite views in the city. The Capilano Pacific Trail and Capilano Canyon Trails start from Cleveland Dam.


Do you like snowshoeing or hiking in the winter? Where are your favourite places to go?


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