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Summer of Bear Discovery at Grouse Mountain

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 — 10:05am PDT
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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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  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win Breakfast with the Bears at @GrouseMountain #BearDiscovery from @Miss604

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. Jenn says:

    Sounds awesome!

  2. Sumeet G. says:

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

  3. Alex says:

    I found Yogi!

  4. Pamela says:

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

  5. Jacqueline Mcguire says:

    Would love this experience for my family!

  6. Lisa says:

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

  7. Marisa. P says:

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

  8. Jaydeen says:

    Breakfast with the bears would be amazing!!!

  9. Rebecca says:

    This would be a fantastic experience!

  10. Luc says:

    I’d like to have a Bearfast!

  11. Jennifer says:

    I would love to do this!

  12. Hayley says:

    This would be so neat <3

  13. Donald says:

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

  14. Cecilia says:

    This would be such a fun experience!

  15. Dawne says:

    I would love to do this!

  16. Alex says:

    Would love to take my kids to this!

  17. Carla says:

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

  18. Eileen says:

    This is so cool!

  19. Mila says:

    Yogi and Boo Boo!

  20. Michelle W says:

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

  21. Susannah S says:

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

  22. Olivia says:

    Sounds like something I want to experience!

  23. Iain says:

    A great prize!

  24. Leora says:

    Sounds like fun!

  25. tania says:

    Sounds awesome!

  26. rino says:

    Would love to take my kids to this!

  27. leanne says:

    What a fun experience. My kids would love it!

  28. Linda says:

    Sounds like a fun adventure.

  29. Spencer says:

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

  30. Debbie F says:

    What a great day this would be

  31. Greg says:

    This sounds like a fun day

  32. Delphine says:

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

  33. lor says:

    Fun adventure!

  34. Justine says:

    Sounds like a fun day out!

  35. Denise says:

    This sounds like sooooooo much fun

  36. Michelle says:

    would love to check this out!

  37. Chloe says:

    Bearioche french toast sounds perfect!

  38. janice montroy says:

    would be awesome to win

  39. Dayna Wilson says:

    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!

  40. Linda says:

    I would love to take my grandkids

  41. Kam says:

    My nephew would love this!

  42. Catherine says:

    What a great date!

  43. Ruby BB says:

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

  44. Paul says:

    I would love to experience this!

  45. Catherine Mack says:

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

  46. Marguerite says:

    Would love to check out breakfast with the grizzly bears.

  47. Abigail says:

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

  48. Jeff S says:

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

  49. Kim says:

    I love breakfast!

  50. Gary says:

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

  51. Peter K says:

    Bears and breakfast! Awesome!

  52. David says:

    wow this would be a great way to start the day

  53. Carol McCann says:

    would make a Awesome adventure

  54. Emilia says:

    A wonderful experience indeed

  55. Ursula says:

    Sounds amazing!

  56. Erin says:

    Sounds like a fun experience!

  57. Maureen says:

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

  58. Lisa G says:

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

  59. kellie nehring says:

    this would be great!

  60. cecilia says:

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

  61. Cindy Smith says:

    What a perfect way to enjoy breakfast!

  62. Angela Griffin says:

    Sounds great!

  63. Mike gismondi says:

    My kids would love this!

  64. Aimee says:

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

  65. wenxiao says:

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

  66. Sabrina says:

    Cool – would love to do this!

  67. Christina says:

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

  68. Elizabeth B says:

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

  69. Rachel says:

    What a perfect West Coast thing to do!

  70. Linda says:

    This looks like so much fun.

  71. Leah says:

    The little one would love breakfast with a bear!

  72. Kelsey W says:

    This sounds like a fantastic way to spend a morning!

  73. Am says:

    Sounds awesome. I can bearly contain my excitement!

  74. Jen says:

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

  75. Helen says:

    My family would love this!

  76. Lorena Grande says:

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

  77. meredith h says:

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

  78. Curtis says:

    This is cool

  79. Katherine says:

    Choosing down with the bears… A Canadiana foodie experience

  80. Darcy says:

    Would be so fun to have breakfast with the bears!

  81. Great prize for locals to enjoy their own backyard.

  82. Alice H. says:

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

  83. Jennifer says:

    I would love to take my parents when they visit!

  84. Carina Vause says:

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

  85. Harjit says:

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

  86. Ron S says:

    Would love to take the family!

  87. Kevin says:

    My daughter loves the skyride!

  88. Kim says:

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

  89. Angela says:

    This sounds amazing!!

  90. Michelle W says:

    Cool idea!

  91. Rachel says:

    sounds awesome !

  92. Bonnie R says:

    Would be so fun!

  93. Eileen says:


  94. Nicole says:

    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!

  95. Carol McCann says:

    wow what an family experience this would

  96. Sonja says:

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

  97. Tim says:

    amazing prize!

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