Summer of Bear Discovery at Grouse Mountain

Comments 98 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Once reaching the lodge at Grouse Mountain, by SkyRide or after completing the Grouse Grind, there’s one thing most people do: check in on the bears.

Grinder and Coola are both orphaned grizzlies who were found in 2001 in different parts of BC and they now live in a refuge atop Grouse Mountain. Ranger talks inform you of their history and grizzly bear facts, while the pair can be found playing in the pond, play fighting, or hanging out in the shade of a Douglas Fir.

This summer, Grouse Mountain introduced a new way to hang out with Grinder and Coola where you can have Breakfast with the Bears.

Breakfast with the Bears
Photo courtesy of Grouse Mountain

Summer of Bear Discovery at Grouse Mountain

When you book a Breakfast with the Bears experience you can enjoy early access to Grouse Mountain, watch and participate in Grinder and Coola’s morning feeding, and learn all about grizzlies and bear conservation from an experienced wildlife ranger.

After the bears have their breakfast, you can sit down in the Grizzly Lookout Cafe for yours. This new yurt-like structure provides an elevated view of the refuge from a deck.

Breakfast with the Bears Menu

Continental Selections
Candied and Smoked Salmon
Red Onions, Capers, Crème fraîche
Brown, White, Multigrain and Gluten Free Breads
Assorted Muffins & Pastries – including Bear Claws
Assorted Cereals and Granola, “Beary” Yogurt
Milk and Honey
Forest Apple Crumble
Fresh Cut Fruit Salad and Coastal “Bearies”
Hot Selections
Coola Pancakes
Honey Butter, Grouse Mountain Syrup
Grinder “Bearioche” French Toast
West Coast “Bluebeary” Preserve
Scrambled Eggs
Braised Beef and Root Vegetable Hash
Bratwurst and Smoked Bacon
Hash Browns

Breakfast with the Bears is available between 8:30am and 10:30am on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July, August and September. Additional dates may be added to meet demand.

Regular prices include Alpine Experience ticket. For member price, guest must have a valid Grouse Mountain Annual Local’s Pass. The Alpine Experience includes all of the other fun you can have when you’re up Grouse, including the Lumberjack Show, and Birds in Motion. Zipline experiences are separate but also a very fun way to spend a day on the mountain with the family.

Win Breakfast with the Bears

If you would like to experience Breakfast with the Bears on Grouse Mountain with Grinder and Coola, I have a family pass to give away (2 adults + 2 children/youth). Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00pm on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Follow Grouse Mountain on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Update The winner is @michiec_ on Twitter!

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  1. JennTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 10:21am PST

    Sounds awesome!

  2. Sumeet G.Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 10:22am PST

    Never seen a bear up close. Having breakfast with one will be special as long as I am not the breakfast! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. AlexTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 10:31am PST

    I found Yogi!

  4. PamelaTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 10:39am PST

    I would love to win this. My kids would love it.

  5. Jacqueline McguireTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 10:53am PST

    Would love this experience for my family!

  6. LisaTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 11:05am PST

    Oh, I’d love to win this! Would be amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Marisa. PTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 11:17am PST

    That’s so cool, my kids would love this!

  8. JaydeenTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 11:30am PST

    Breakfast with the bears would be amazing!!!

  9. RebeccaTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 11:40am PST

    This would be a fantastic experience!

  10. LucTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 11:50am PST

    I’d like to have a Bearfast!

  11. JenniferTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 12:03pm PST

    I would love to do this!

  12. HayleyTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 12:06pm PST

    This would be so neat <3

  13. DonaldTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 12:14pm PST

    My kids would really enjoy seeing the bears because miss them when snowshoeing in the winter.

  14. CeciliaTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 12:17pm PST

    This would be such a fun experience!

  15. DawneTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 12:20pm PST

    I would love to do this!

  16. AlexTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 12:48pm PST

    Would love to take my kids to this!

  17. CarlaTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 12:53pm PST

    Sound wonderful!!! We don’t get up our beautiful mountains very often.

  18. EileenTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 12:57pm PST

    This is so cool!

  19. MilaTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 1:03pm PST

    Yogi and Boo Boo!

  20. Michelle WTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 1:24pm PST

    This sounds like a very special experience and a great way to enjoy Grouse Mountain, thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Susannah STuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 2:20pm PST

    I’d love to bring my family up to hang out with the bears! What fun!

  22. OliviaTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 2:35pm PST

    Sounds like something I want to experience!

  23. IainTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 3:05pm PST

    A great prize!

  24. LeoraTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 3:19pm PST

    Sounds like fun!

  25. taniaTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 3:30pm PST

    Sounds awesome!

  26. rinoTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 3:30pm PST

    Would love to take my kids to this!

  27. leanneTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 5:15pm PST

    What a fun experience. My kids would love it!

  28. leanneTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 5:16pm PST

    https://twitter.com/leanne_mac/status/504421996340342784

  29. LindaTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 5:20pm PST

    Sounds like a fun adventure.

  30. SpencerTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 5:28pm PST

    This sounds so incredibly awesome! Just have to make sure my breakfast date isn’t Goldilocks!

  31. Debbie FTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 5:43pm PST

    What a great day this would be

  32. GregTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 5:52pm PST

    This sounds like a fun day

  33. DelphineTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 6:10pm PST

    I love Grinder and Coola, they are just amazing grizzlies , I would love to have my breakfast with them!

  34. lorTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 6:22pm PST

    Fun adventure!

  35. JustineTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 6:31pm PST

    Sounds like a fun day out!

  36. DeniseTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 7:32pm PST

    This sounds like sooooooo much fun

  37. MichelleTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 7:39pm PST

    would love to check this out!

  38. ChloeTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 7:58pm PST

    Bearioche french toast sounds perfect!

  39. janice montroyTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 8:11pm PST

    would be awesome to win

  40. Dayna WilsonTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 8:26pm PST

    We went to visit Grinder and Coola just a couple of weeks ago. My son had the time of his life, I’d love to take him back for breakfast!

  41. LindaTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 8:52pm PST

    I would love to take my grandkids

  42. KamTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 9:33pm PST

    My nephew would love this!

  43. CatherineTuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 11:13pm PST

    What a great date!

  44. Ruby BBWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 5:41am PST

    Wut a fun date this wud make! Luv the idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. PaulWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 7:41am PST

    I would love to experience this!

  46. Catherine MackWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 7:51am PST

    OOOH! What a grrrrreat way to start a morning! I can bear-ly contain my excitement! #spiritanimal #grinder&coola

  47. MargueriteWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 7:55am PST

    Would love to check out breakfast with the grizzly bears.

  48. AbigailWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 7:55am PST

    Would you could you with a bear? Breakfast anywhere, especially up there!!

  49. Jeff SWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 10:07am PST

    This sounds like a fun way to enjoy breakfast! I would love to see the Grizzly Bears!

  50. KimWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 10:54am PST

    I love breakfast!

  51. GaryWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 12:07pm PST

    “Who did you eat breakfast with?” “My mom.” “Oh, I ate with two bears.”

  52. Peter KWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 2:34pm PST

    Bears and breakfast! Awesome!

  53. DavidWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 2:36pm PST

    wow this would be a great way to start the day

  54. Carol McCannWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 2:38pm PST

    would make a Awesome adventure

  55. EmiliaWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 3:51pm PST

    A wonderful experience indeed

  56. UrsulaWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 6:04pm PST

    Sounds amazing!

  57. ErinWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 7:16pm PST

    Sounds like a fun experience!

  58. MaureenWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 7:46pm PST

    Breakfast with bears?! As long as I’m not the breakfast, it sounds wonderful!

  59. Lisa GWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 8:03pm PST

    What an awesome prize! Would love to dine with the bears;)

  60. kellie nehringWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 8:10pm PST

    this would be great!

  61. ceciliaWednesday, August 27th, 2014 — 11:53pm PST

    Never been there…my girls would absolutely love such an amazing experience!!

  62. Cindy SmithThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 12:10am PST

    What a perfect way to enjoy breakfast!

  63. Angela GriffinThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 7:32am PST

    Sounds great!

  64. Mike gismondiThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 7:41am PST

    My kids would love this!

  65. AimeeThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 8:02am PST

    Cool, my husband with a where-the-wild-things-are beard will fit right in.

  66. wenxiaoThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 9:55am PST

    Interesting. I didn’t know you can have breakfast with the bears.

  67. SabrinaThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 10:51am PST

    Cool – would love to do this!

  68. ChristinaThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 10:53am PST

    I’d love to have breakie w/ the bears:) sounds amazing!

  69. Elizabeth BThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 3:53pm PST

    I love this…breakfast, bear watching, and Beautiful BC!

  70. RachelThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 7:41pm PST

    What a perfect West Coast thing to do!

  71. LindaThursday, August 28th, 2014 — 9:37pm PST

    This looks like so much fun.

  72. LeahFriday, August 29th, 2014 — 5:56am PST

    The little one would love breakfast with a bear!

  73. Kelsey WFriday, August 29th, 2014 — 9:55am PST

    This sounds like a fantastic way to spend a morning!

  74. AmFriday, August 29th, 2014 — 7:53pm PST

    Sounds awesome. I can bearly contain my excitement!

  75. JenFriday, August 29th, 2014 — 7:58pm PST

    My family would love this! Much nicer than seeing them in out backyard! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  76. HelenFriday, August 29th, 2014 — 10:28pm PST

    My family would love this!

  77. Lorena GrandeFriday, August 29th, 2014 — 11:59pm PST

    I once rode my bike up Grouse Mtn. and played my flute to the bears, but they ran away! ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. meredith hSaturday, August 30th, 2014 — 10:40am PST

    This would be a great weekend away for new parents ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. CurtisSaturday, August 30th, 2014 — 10:46am PST

    This is cool

  80. KatherineSaturday, August 30th, 2014 — 1:19pm PST

    Choosing down with the bears… A Canadiana foodie experience

  81. DarcySaturday, August 30th, 2014 — 6:31pm PST

    Would be so fun to have breakfast with the bears!

  82. Lori-SuperhostYVRSaturday, August 30th, 2014 — 6:34pm PST

    Great prize for locals to enjoy their own backyard.

  83. Alice H.Saturday, August 30th, 2014 — 7:54pm PST

    I hear this is a great experience and would love to take my kids!

  84. JenniferSaturday, August 30th, 2014 — 11:34pm PST

    I would love to take my parents when they visit!

  85. Carina VauseSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 1:32am PST

    WOW what an amazing experience this would be, thank you for the chance!

  86. HarjitSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 9:13am PST

    What an exciting chance to see wildlife! Thanks for the chance to win, twitter fan@plumerea

  87. Ron SSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 10:05am PST

    Would love to take the family!

  88. KevinSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 10:20am PST

    My daughter loves the skyride!

  89. KimSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 11:47am PST

    This sounds amazing! Would love to go with my friend and her two little ones.

  90. AngelaSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 11:48am PST

    This sounds amazing!!

  91. Michelle WSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 12:21pm PST

    Cool idea!

  92. RachelSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 3:48pm PST

    sounds awesome !

  93. Bonnie RSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 5:05pm PST

    Would be so fun!

  94. EileenSunday, August 31st, 2014 — 9:50pm PST

    FUN!!

  95. NicoleMonday, September 1st, 2014 — 12:20pm PST

    Breakfast with the bears? Sounds lovely, especially with fall right around the corner. Would love to catch a glimpse before it’s time to hibernate!

  96. Carol McCannMonday, September 1st, 2014 — 6:11pm PST

    wow what an family experience this would

  97. SonjaMonday, September 8th, 2014 — 9:16pm PST

    I’ve always wanted to check out Grouse Mountain and this would be awesome!

  98. TimThursday, September 11th, 2014 — 2:47pm PST

    amazing prize!

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