After doing our homework and being brave enough to use Vancouver’s transit system, we found ourselves at the Waterfront Station to North Vancouver‘s Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge. We took a taxi- or rather 3 taxi’s – since there were 10 of us in all and only paid C$7.50 per taxi from our hotel at Residence Inn , to get there.
We opted to get a DayPass, which cost $9.75 and $7.50 for Concession fare, which applies to seniors more than 65 years old and above and for children. You can use the DayPass in all 3 zones, use it to commute via the seabus, bus and skytrain.
From Waterfront station, the seabus takes about 12 minutes to get to Londsdale Quay. From Lonsdale Quay, take Bus 236 that will take you all the way up to Grouse Mountain. Because of the numerous stops, it takes about 45minutes to reach your destination. It is the last stop that that bus takes before it heads back to Lonsdale Quay.
We paid the entrance fee on the foot of Grouse Mountain before riding the gondola to go on top. We paid C$70++ and it included 3-zipline pass. It was too foggy and snow was abundant when we were there, so the ususal 5-line zipline was closed, along with the eye of the wind.
It was foggy, wet and cold – but it was just perfect for us. Especially for my family who lives in ther very, very warm Philippines. The only people who ziplined in our group was me, my husband, my brother and brother-in-law. All the ones just walked around and revelled in the snow.
We then met up with them at the cafe, had a quick hotdog lunch – and went ice skating right smack in the middle of the park. This was my first time to ice skate outdoors – nature style. No tall buildings or people. Being surrounded my winter-like foliage was surreal for all of us.
After semi-exhausting ourselves, we rode Bus 236 again and after ~20minutes find ourselves in Capilano Suspension bridge. I have been in both places back in 2010, and a lot has changed since then. They have expanded the Treetops Adventure and added the Cliffwalk as well. We used some coupons given by the hotel for additional 10% discount at the entrance. Best to check this link for Capilano Suspension Bridge ticket prices and fees.
Towards the end of the day, we were all tuckered out by the end of the day. And again we rode Bus 236 on the way back to Lonsdale Quay. We had a quick meal in Londsdale Quay Market, which was not bustling at that time, since we were there on a week day. We had a good view of the ocean and almost had the food court to ourselves.
Using the same Daypass, we rode the SeaBus back to Waterfront Station and took a bus that took as back near our hotel. Now, that I think about it – try to do this Daytrip to North Vancouver on a weekday if you can. Vancouver is definitely one of the best cities that I have been to and will definitely be back for more.