Grouse Mountain is accessible by road just 15 minutes away from downtown Vancouver. The public transit system here offers uninterrupted service to Grouse Mountain every half an hour. Activities on the mountain include a gondola ride, wildlife refuge- with reindeer, wolves and bears, mountain ziplines, sleigh rides, restaurant, skiing and more. Grouse Mountain is a great opportunity for visitors to enjoy the great outdoors but still remain close to all the activities of a metropolis. If you do not have much time in Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is the perfect day trip because of its location.
With a little more time, you may want to travel to Whistler, British Colombia. Just 2 hours from Vancouver and a top ranked mountain resort in North America, Whistler features two majestic mountains for skiing and snowboarding, golf courses, more than 200 shops, 90 restaurants and bars, accommodations, hiking trails, spas and a mountain bike park. Whistler is truly a resort that has it all!
Also nearby Canadian Snowmobile and All Terrain Adventures provides opportunities throughout Whistler for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dogsledding, canoeing and much more. I think that Whistler is a fun vacation for a family because it is so close to the big city but yet has so many outdoor activities to choose from. The area is fabulous and has so much to offer no matter what time of the year you are there.
Surrounded by towering peaks, flowing waterfalls, glacial lakes and pristine forest, Whistler Olympic Park is a special spot. Located 18 km south of Whistler, Whistler Olympic Park includes all three traditional Nordic sport stadiums in one site: cross-country, ski jumping and biathlon. What is neat about the park is that visitors can now enjoy the use of the facility year round. The Park Features 40 km of groomed cross-country ski trails at a variety of skill levels, and also offers night skiing, snowshoe trails, a biathlon range and stadium, towering ski jumps, incredible views and a relaxing day lodge to warm up.