Named after the Blue Grouse birds hunted by hikers over a hundred years ago, Grouse Mountain is Vancouver's most popular attraction, with over a million visitors annually. It also hosts North America's largest aerial tram system, the SkyRide (opened 1966), which takes you up to a summit altitude of just under 4,000 feet, giving you a panoramic view of the city, ocean, islands, and surrounding mountains.
The summit is also home to a five-acre conservation and research center called the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, where you'll find a couple of orphaned Grizzly Bears, Grinder and Coola. A smaller Timber Wolf habitat – for retired wolf movie stars, no less – is at the base. Visitors are welcome to listen to an educational chat by a wildlife expert to learn about these animals and why it's important to protect them.