Neighbourhood Profile: Grousewoods

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Neighbourhood Profile: Grousewoods

Grousewoods is a newer development in North Vancouver, built in the 1980’s when the District opened it up for development. It is located at the foot of Grouse Mountain off of Nancy Greene Way. All homes were built under a strict building scheme designating that all homes had to be built as West Coast Contemporaries with paint in neutral earth tones and cedar shake roofs. This building scheme has since expired and you will see the odd house that has ventured out with different colours of paint, kinds of roofing and most noticeably building styles.

Grousewoods is known for its large, family friendly housing mostly located on small cul-de-sacs which are all linked by a series of meandering trails. There is a large park and tennis courts located on Grousewoods Drive South. Many of these homes have smaller lots than usual, and there are even some “zero lot lines” which appears as though the homes are duplexes, however, the are detached single family homes.

Residents enjoy a quick 5 minute uphill climb to the base of Grouse Mountain where they can enjoy skiing in the Winter and the famous Grouse Grind hiking trail in the Summer. Dog lovers enjoy walking along the “Power Lines” a flat trail located at the base of the mountain.

Recreation:

Grouse Mountain – The Peak of Vancouver
www.grousemountain.com

Just 15 minutes from downtown, Vancouver’s premier attraction offers the perfect destination for a truly rewarding and memorable experience. Grouse offers a variety of cultural, educational and outdoor adventures to choose from.

Most of Grouse Mountain’s summer and winter activities are complimentary with a Grouse Mountain admission ticket.

The Grouse Mountain Skyrideide

High above towering Douglas firs, breathtaking views of the city of Vancouver, sparkling Pacific Ocean, Gulf Islands, and snowy peaks unfold as you journey up the mountainside. North America’s largest aerial tramway system is your gateway to the majestic nature of The Peak of Vancouver, and an experience in itself. Whether you’re in search of the perfect photo, or a romantic dinner at The Observatory, your adventure begins with the Skyride. The Skyride operates 365 days a year, departing every 15 minutes from 9am-10pm.

Eye of the Wind Turbine Tours

Inspiring and revolutionary, this is the world’s first and only wind turbine that allows you to stand in a clear glass viewPOD at the top of the tower, three metres from its massive, rotating blades. Stand in awe of 360-degree views as you come face to face with the future of responsible energy.

The Grouse Grind

The Grouse Grind® is a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.”

This trail is very challenging. Keep in mind that there is a wide range of mountaintop trails that might better suit the average hiker.

Hiking the trail is free, but you will have to purchase a ticket to ride the skyride down.

Trail Facts

Length: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles)
Elevation Gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet)
Base: 274 metres above sea level (900 feet)
Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet)
Total Stairs: 2,830
Statistics: Annually, over 100,000 people hike the trail.
Average Time: On average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike. For novice hikers, two hours is recommended.
Participants: Hikers range in age from 7 to 90, with an equal male/female split.

Other Grouse Mountain Hikes:

Baden Powell – Grouse Mountain – Lynn Canyon

Goat Mountain:

Cleveland Park

Cleveland Park is located at the foot of Nancy Greene Way where it meets Capilano Road. It is the location of Summer baseball games and in the Winter, if there is enough snow, kids enjoy tobogganing down it’s small hill. There is a children’s playground located on the South side of the park on Prospect Avenue.

 

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