Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Grouse Mountain

For more information on Grouse Mountain and its winter and summer activities, click here

Grouse Mountain is one of the North Shore Mountains of the Pacific Ranges in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Approximately 1,200m high, it is a well used and known ski area with chairlifts and 26 ski runs in winter and in the summer showcases lumberjack shows, a wildlife sancuary, First Nations led education programs and the notorious and formidable 'Grouse Grind' hike trail nicknamed Mother Natures stairmaster.

View of Vancouver from Grouse Mountain

Pictures taken on July 1st 2013
This trip was planned by my husband Steven as a present and celebration of our second wedding anniversary :D

View out towards West Vancouver

Stanley Park and Lionsgate Bridge

View towards Mt Baker in Washington State

Grinder and Coola - Resident Grizzlies

(excerpts and profile pictures taken from grousemountain.com)

"Grinder was found in 2001 in Invermere, BC. He was wandering alone on a logging road, dehydrated, thin, weak and weighing only 4.5 kg. His mother was never found so we’ll probably never know why he was alone. Grinder is outgoing and high-spirited. And he has established himself as the dominant bear despite his smaller size. If you see Grinder and Coola play fighting, you can bet he started it."

"In 2001, Coola was found orphaned on a highway near Bella Coola, BC. His mother had been killed by a truck and, of her three cubs, Coola was the only one to survive. Coola is an easygoing bear who’s content to let Grinder take the lead in new discoveries. He can usually be found submerged up to his neck in the large pond, carefully feeling around for his underwater 'bath toys' - a log, large bone and favourite rock."

My pictures

Birds of Prey

North American Red Tailed Hawk (I think lol)

Turkey Vulture - Natures rubbish dump collectors

Spotted Owl - Only 12 left in the world

Peregrine Falcon - Fastest Bird

Baby Bald Eagle - So cute and so ugly at the same time hahaha

Baby Falcon

Chainsaw wood carvings in and around Grouse Mountain

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