An all new 185-acre regional park is coming to the slopes of Grouse Mountain this May.
Metro Vancouver announced the creation of the area’s 24th regional park earlier this week.
It will include the popular Grouse Grind, BC Mountaineering Club trails and a portion of the Baden-Powell trails. In addition to the plethora of hiking trails—the region contains mature forests that contain a variety of wildlife. Black bears, cougars, deer and owls frequent the area.
“The new regional park, on the slopes of Grouse Mountain, will protect a unique ecosystem for generations to come, while providing visitors with world-class outdoor recreation experiences,” said Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore. “This is a tremendous opportunity for environmental education and community stewardship that will help park visitors understand the value of the region’s natural environment and the vital need to protect it.”
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The park is taking over the southern slope of Grouse Mountain near the Grouse Grind. The 2.9-km grouse grind is also called ‘mother nature’s stair master’, because of its nearly 3,000 steps.
“We are thrilled to have the iconic Grouse Grind officially within the fold of the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks system, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year,” said Heather Deal, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Parks Committee. “We will continue annual maintenance of this renowned trail, also known as Mother Nature’s Stairmaster, and will assess the entire park to see what trail additions or improvements can be made in the future.”
The park opens May 1st to coincide with the start of hiking season.
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