8 Beginner-Friendly Places to Mountain Bike Near Vancouver

mountain bikers on a trail in North Vancouver, BC

Photo Credit: Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism

The Vancouver area is known around the world as a mountain biking destination. Since the late 80s and 90s, local riders and trail builders have been at the forefront of the mountain bike scene. That means Vancouver has lots of gnarly trails for expert riders. But if you’re just starting out, don’t be intimidated: there are tons of beginner-friendly trails in the Vancouver area too. Here’s run-down on some local riding areas.

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8 Beginner-Friendly Places to Mountain Bike Near Vancouver

Best Places to Spot Wildlife Near Vancouver

A woman taking photos of ducks, geese and swans at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Spotting wildlife at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Suzanne Rushton

Vancouver is known as a city connected to nature. So it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that there are lots of places near Vancouver to spot wildlife. You can see eagles, seabirds, raccoons, beavers, coyotes, whales, dolphins, seals, frogs, bears, bunnies and lots more. Grab your camera and maybe some binoculars, and head to one of these ten wildlife hot spots.

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Best Places to Spot Wildlife Near Vancouver

The Grouse Grind is Open for 2019 + 5 Reasons You Should Seek the Peak

Photo: Grouse Mountain

Are you ready to challenge your legs and seek the peak? Known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, the Grouse Grind is now open for the season at Grouse Mountain! The popular trail recently had a facelift and is ready for its closeup. If you haven’t yet experienced this epic and iconic trail, here are some fun facts, tips, and five reasons to give it a go.

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The Grouse Grind is Open for 2019 + 5 Reasons You Should Seek the Peak

Opening in May: 13 Fun Ways to Explore and Stay Fit on Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

Photo: Grouse Mountain

While Grouse Mountain is most commonly associated with it’s excellent skiing conditions, the Skyride, and the incredibly popular and challenging Grouse Grind, when you get to the top of the mountain, you realize there’s even more to see and do! Having such an epic outdoor playground so close to Vancouver is such a treat for staying fit and well, and there are several attractions you need to check out this month — all perfect for an outdoorsy family day out or an epic date!

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Opening in May: 13 Fun Ways to Explore and Stay Fit on Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain Grizzlies Awake from Hibernation for 2019 Spring Season

Grizzly Bears Grouse Mountain

Images courtesy of Grouse Mountain. (Photo by Devin Manky)

The bears are back in town! Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, have just emerged from their very long winter nap after after 128 days of hibernation!

The annual awakening of the massive male grizzlies signals the coming of summer adventures, even though skiing and riding still remains open.

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Grouse Mountain Grizzlies Awake from Hibernation for 2019 Spring Season

Around-the-Clock Activities Return to Grouse Mountain for 24 Hours of Winter

grouse mountain 24 hours of winter

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Ever wanted to ski down a mountain with the sunrise? This Saturday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 24th, you can see the sunset and the sunrise during Grouse Mountain’s annual 24 Hours of Winter event.

The event runs through Spring Break in Vancouver, so if you have some kids with lots of energy to burn, this is the perfect activity! During the event, the mountain will remain open for 24 consecutive hours of winter activities on the slopes at the Peak of Vancouver.

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Around-the-Clock Activities Return to Grouse Mountain for 24 Hours of Winter

Experience Grouse Mountain After Dark on the Full Moon & New Moon Snowshoe Tours

Grouse Snowshoe 2019

Photo courtesy of Grouse Mountain

Everything looks different in the dark. Lit by the glow of the moon, you’re invited to explore the trails of Grouse Mountain during their Full Moon snowshoe tours.

More interested in stargazing? There is also a New Moon snowshoe tour that takes advantage of the minimal glow from the moon, allowing stars to shine their brightest.

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Experience Grouse Mountain After Dark on the Full Moon & New Moon Snowshoe Tours