The eco-walk is offered as either a self-guided or guided interpretive tour. You walk through the forests of Grouse Mountain and view the natural resources of British Columbia. You will also see the flora and fauna of that region. In addition, you will see the traditional First Nations architecture of the hiwas feasthouse (a cultural place of the First Nation), the grandmother tree (a sculpture of a face carved in a tree), the Blue Grouse Lake, the Grizzly Bear Habitat, the Wolf Habitat, and then along the way there are chainsaw sculptures.
I really liked this walk. We decided to leisurely take the self-guided walk instead of the guided one. This was because we were at our own pace then. We walked slowly through this pathway and took several pictures. What I liked most about this trail was that there was photo guide plagues all through the forest. It explained everything we were viewing. For instance, I took a picture of the Red-Breasted Sap Sucker birds drilling holes in a tree and got to read about that bird. We also took pictures of the forest, the native trees, plants and scrubs of that area, hiwas feasthouse, the grandmother tree, the Blue Grouse Lake, the bears and wolves in their habitats and Glenn Greensides’ chainsaw sculptures, etc.
Although everything was intriguing to view on this eco-walk, it was the Glenn Greensides’ chainsaw sculptures that engrossed me the most. These sculptures are called Tribute to the Forest. It is a collection of 16-foot-tall chainsaw sculptures. Near the sculptures, there were cabinet-like cases that held literature about each sculpture (such as why the artists choose that subject matter to carve or items that were made from the trees). This man’s sculptures were remarkable and absolutely gorgeous. You will marvel at his likeness of his sculptures to the real thing, such as beavers, moose, beetles, fisherman, children, etc.
This activity is complimentary once you pay your admission fee (adult is $26.95, youth is $14.95, and child is $9.95 in Canadian money) to enter Grouse Mountain. The self-guided eco-walk is offered as soon as Grouse Mountain opens. But the guided Eco-Walks are offered daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 4pm, May through September. However, for those who plan to take a guided tour with a group of 15 or larger, you must make a reservation by calling 604/980-9311.
The hours of operation at Grouse Mountain are 9am to 10pm daily. The address is 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver. The phone number is 604/984-0661. The following are the directions to get here:
Cross the Lions Gate Bridge. Take the North Vancouver exit to Marine Drive, then turn north (left) at the first intersection, Capilano Road. Stay on Capilano Road for 5km (3.1 miles) until the road ends at the Grouse Mountain parking lot.
By public transportation, take the SeaBus to the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Take bus #236 to the Grouse Mountain parking lot. An alternative is to take bus #246 on West Georgia Street across the Lions Gate Bridge to Edgemont Village. From there, transfer to bus #232 that will take you to the Grouse Mountain parking lot.