Monday, June 23, 2014

VANCOUVER - Grouse Mountain and Carved Animals


Look North in Vancouver to see the nearby mountain lights hanging in the evening sky. Grouse Mountain is one set of lights in North Vancouver, located on the other side of the inlet.

Grouse Mountain

Exceeding 4000 ft. (1200 meters) in altitude at its peak, Grouse Mountain offers alpine skiing in the winter and hiking trails and other activities in summer and autumn. A breathtaking view awaits you. An occasional high-flyer is deposited via helicopter on the top of Grouse. Four chairlifts and 26 runs are approximately half an hour away from the city of Vancouver. The Grouse Grind is a popular trail for fitness enthusiasts, which runs directly up the fall line paralleling the gondola towers. Be sure to come prepared.



Grouse Mountain Tram, Vancouver's North Shore, by DG Hudson

Grouse Mountain had its first lodge built by hand by Scandinavians in the 1920s with wood they carted up themselves. In 1976, a second aerial tramway was built by 'Garaventa', which became known as the Super Skyride. This is now the main tramway, using much larger gondola cars and depositing passengers at a separate terminal. The main lodge is only accessible by tram, hiking trail or helicopter from the parking lot midway up the mountain.


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Chainsaw Wood Carving
Grouse Mountain
Lining the pathways between various activities



Wood carving of Bear with Salmon, Grouse Mtn., by DG Hudson


A picturesque location, Grouse Mountain has been used in several productions:

- 1994 The X-Files episode of 'Ascension'.  Actor Duchovny dangled from a gondola in one scene. 
- The ski lodge and facilities were used in filming the cartoon, Mr. Magoo.
- Nelly Furtado, singer-songwriter, filmed the video for Spirit Indestructible at Grouse Mountain.



Regal Eagle with Fish, Grouse Mtn, North Vancouver by DG Hudson


Always check the website to plan your visit to Grouse Mountain.


Carved Bear, Grouse Mountain, N. Vancouver, by DG Hudson


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Have you seen or visited Grouse Mountain? Do you like aerial views or are they vertigo-inducing?
Do you remember the story of Paul Bunyan, a giant lumberjack in American folk tales? (Before chainsaws) OR Have you heard of 'Monty Python' lumberjacks?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here, and thanks for stopping by. I'll respond!

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References

A Monty Python skit of The Lumberjack song: Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zey8567bcg&feature=kp 

Wiki of the song
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lumberjack_Song 

Wiki for Grouse Mountain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grouse_Mountain 

The website
https://www.grousemountain.com/ 

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14 comments:

  1. Never been there and, frankly, I get a little nervous in those things, but the views can usually convince me to get in and go to the top. :)

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    1. The first time, I did get a little nervous, too, LG, but you come from the land of mountains too, in Colorado. I prefer being in the air to being underground in caverns, so I just take photos and don't think how high up I might be. . .

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  2. I remember the Monty Python lumberjacks! "I cut down trees, I skip and jump..." :D
    I'd love to visit Grouse Mountain someday.

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    1. Corny but funny. British humor took me awhile to understand, but those MP guys do grow on you. And they had staying power. . .glad you can remember them Julie!

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  3. YES!!!! The Grouse Mountain Skyride!!!!! I did that...made sure I got on first to secure a window view, both up and down. I went up there after conquering the Capilano Suspension Bridge. I loved that episode of XFiles with Mulder & evil Krycek. But it made me laugh that it was set in Virginia when you could clearly see the lights of Vancouver down below in those scenes.

    Love the lumberjack song too. I wish I could have a do-over of that vacation...I wasn't shooting digital yet when I went in 2006.

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    1. I tried to grab a window spot, too, for the photo ops. I'm not sure those are digital either, I took those when my sister visited in 2007. Glad you have good memories of your vacation in Vancouver.

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  4. As an X-Files fan, I'm sure I've seen that episode. I vaguely recall the tram scene. The wood carvings are amazing!

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    1. I haven't seen that episode of the X-files, but I should look for it. The wood carvings are well suited to the area where they are displayed.

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  5. Never heard of Grouse Mountain before, but it sounds like a nice place to visit. :-)

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    1. It's a local secret, ski in the winter, hike in the summer, but our local mountains get overshadowed by the mighty Whistler Mountain further up our sea-to-sky highway. Thanks for visiting, Misha!

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  6. Those are some amazing wood carvings. I've seen a lot like them in Alaska. Grouse Mountain sounds like a really nice place to visit.

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    1. Grouse Mountain is a great local mountain, and has been for quite a while. I used to love seeing those lights hanging in the sky (since I came from the flatlands).

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  7. What a gorgeous view! This post made me homesick~
    I love the carvings and the air of calm your post provides!

    Where I am from Paul Bunyan has a statue in the land of Stephen King~

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    1. That would be Maine, wouldn't it? I love the view from the mountains. Thanks for visiting, Ella!

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