August 24, 2013
Vancouver, BC Grouse Grind (hike) & Raw Vegan meal
This is a Road Trip! (Hopefully, members of the Raw Vancouver/RawBC groups will join us!) We will be heading north across the border to lovely Vancouver, BC! Grouse Mountain is in North Vancouver. The hike up the mountain is called the "Grouse Grind". It is steep and rises almost 3,000 feet. For those who don't want to hike, a tram is also available for the trip up ($39.95 round-trip). At the top is a beautiful view of Vancouver, as well as an animal habitat with grizzly bears and wolves. Bring your cameras in case we get a glimpse of these animals or other wildlife! We will take the tram back down to the base of the mountain. The one-way trip down is $10.00. We will likely begin the hike at 11:00 AM. If there are any changes, we will confirm the new time closer to the event.
After the the hike we will dine at one of the area's raw food restaurants.
Andrew Chin and I will be leaving bright an early to make a full day of it. We plan to leave Seattle by 6:00 AM and will return in the late evening (or after midnight?). We may have additional room in the car. If you are interested in this excursion and need a ride, please post a comment to that effect. If you wish to take the trip and will be driving (or can drive) your own vehicle and have room for others, please post a comment to that effect.
For anyone going on this trip, please be sure to bring your current (active) passport or enhanced Washington State drivers license. Anyone not having proper identification will be left at the border!
As time permits, we will do some additional sight-seeing. Each car can plan their own itineraries before and after the hike and meal or we can plan things together.
Please confirm if you plan to attend, so we can alert the restaurant of the number of people who will be attending. If we end up with a large group, Eternal Abundance will have the most room.
Here are additional links:
Grouse Grind (hike)
How to get to Grouse Grind
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 30 minutes
The Grouse Grind Trail starts from the parking lot at the base of Grouse Mountain.
Drive westbound along Georgia Street and continue along the Stanley Park Causeway and across the Lions Gate Bridge. Right after crossing the bridge, take the right-hand turnoff to North Vancouver and immediately change lanes into one of the furthest left two lanes. At the first set of lights, the left two lanes turn onto Capilano Road. Follow Capilano Road as it continues northbound, passing the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Capilano Dam, until it ends up in the Grouse Mountain parking lot.
From Highway #1:
Take the Trans Canada Highway (Highway #1) westbound across the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge (Second Narrows Bridge) to North Vancouver and take the Capilano Road Exit. Turn right onto Capilano Road and head northbound until it ends up in the Grouse Mountain parking lot.
View a map of Driving directions to Grouse Grind: https://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=49.371357,-123.098792
Transit Access to Grouse Grind:
For those downtown, take the Seabus across to North Vancouver and at the Lonsdale Quay bus loop, take bus #236 to Grouse Mountain. People travelling from East Vancouver or Burnaby may find it easier to take a bus to the Phibbs Exchange bus loop in North Vancouver and then take bus #232 to Grouse Mountain.
Eternal Abundance - (Raw deli in the back of the store)
1025 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC , V5L3X1
Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Gorilla Food -http://www.gorillafood.com
101 - 436 Richards St., Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 2Z4
Open everyday from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm!
TAO Organics - http://taoorganics.com/
Suite 120, 260 Esplande West, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G7
Monday to Sunday: 8 am to 9 pm
OrganicLives - http://organiclives.org/
451 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1V4
Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm