Need To Know
If you are looking to escape from the city for a day, this tour is a great option that takes you through the highlights of Vancouver’s North Shore: Capilano Salmon Hatchery, Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
With a beautiful location set against the backdrop of the Capilano River, the Capilano Salmon Hatchery works to preserve the Pacific salmon population. Wander through the Interpretive Centre, along the river and, depending on the time of year, see if you can spot salmon returning to the hatchery.
At the Peak of Vancouver at Grouse Mountain, explore the seasonal activities available such as the Eye of the Wind, a large wind turbine with an observation platform. Meet the resident Grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife on the mountain. There are plenty of options to get something to eat along with a gorgeous patio overlooking the city, surrounding ocean and mountains.
At Vancouver’s oldest attraction, you can experience wandering through the trees with Treetops Adventure, following the edge of a cliff with CliffWalk and crossing the heart-pounding suspension bridge crossing above the Capilano River at 73 metres (230 feet). Make your way through the Story Center to learn about the history of the park and Kia’Pilano for a peek into the traditions of First Nations People.
Complimentary Hotel or Cruise Terminal Pick Up – Pick up from the Cruise Terminal, your downtown Vancouver or Richmond hotel and meet your tour guide. Ask about our luggage handling service.
Cross Lions Gate Bridge – The Lions Gate Bridge is an iconic symbol of Vancouver. As you cross over, look up to see the two mountain peaks the bridge was named after.
Capilano Salmon Hatchery – Wind your way through the Interpretive Centre as you learn about conservation efforts of the dwindling Pacific salmon population. Take a look at the fish ladder since, depending on the time of year, you might see a salmon making its way home.
Grouse Mountain Resort – 1,250 metres (4,100 feet) above the city, sits the Peak of Vancouver. An oasis to two orphaned Grizzly Bears along with many other seasonal activities including Birds in Motion, Theatre in the Sky and the Eye Of the Wind. Take full advantage of the patio at the Peak Chalet showcasing amazing views of the city (admission included).
Capilano Suspension Bridge – Start your exploring at the Capilano Suspension Bridge by winding your way through the Story Centre and brace yourself for the crossing of the famous suspension bridge. The fun continues with Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk, the suspended walkway around a cliffside. Wander through one of the best gift shops in Vancouver, the Trading Post or get something to eat at the cafe (admission included).
Hotel, Airport or Train Station Drop Off – Drop off available at your downtown Vancouver or Richmond hotel, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), VIA Rail or Rocky Mountaineer.
Notes: We provide luggage handling making this an ideal tour for pre or post-cruise guests. Pre-cruise passengers are picked up at their hotel along with their luggage. While they sightsee, we transfer luggage from the hotel to the cruise terminal. The cruise terminal staff then delivers it directly to staterooms. Post-cruise passengers are picked up at Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. Luggage is secure on the vehicle during the tour.
1. What Should I Wear?
Dress in layers for the day, including a warm shirt or outer layer. We recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes. We store all excess items on the vehicle while you’re exploring.
2. Is This Tour Accessible?
Guests can expect a minimal to moderate level of walking throughout the tour. The Capilano Suspension Bridge can be slippery, involves steep stairs, and does not allow strollers, crutches or wheelchairs on the bridge. Grouse Mountain features mainly unpaved walkways and inclines.
3. Is This Pre-Cruise Tour?
Yes! If you’re a cruise ship passenger, this tour makes for an excellent post-cruise option. We offer luggage handling and drop off at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at the end of your tour for an additional fee.
4. What’s the Difference between Peak & Canyon and Mountain Discovery Tour?
The Mountain Discovery Tour features a stop at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery and additional time at Grouse Mountain. The Peak & Canyon Tour is a pre-cruise option while the Mountain Discovery is a post-cruise option.
5. What if I Don’t Want to Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge?
There is still much to explore for those who do not want to cross the bridge. You can experience CliffWalk, the Story Centre, Gift shop, Indigenous art and enjoy something to eat from the food and beverage vendors.
6. Will I See the Bears at Grouse Mountain?
There is no guarantee of seeing the bears. While they are known to hide in their enclosure, they are often visible from one of the observation areas, and most guests do see them. They are most active between late May and early September.
7. Will There Be Fish at the Salmon Hatchery?
Depending on the time of year you are visiting and the type of Pacific Salmon, you may see salmon at the hatchery. The Interpretive Centre, however, is open all year and is a great chance to get photos of the river.
WHAT OUR GUESTS ARE SAYING
“After disembarking off our cruise with Holland America, we did the Mountain Discover tour. Everything was perfect, from our friendly and efficient tour guide to transportation on a comfortable bus. Very much recommend this company.”