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GROUSE MOUN­TAIN Panoramic views un­fold as the Skyride aerial tram whisks vis­i­tors 1,130 m (3,700 ft) above the city to the moun­tain­top chalet. The Refuge for En­dan­gered Wildlife shel­ters two or­phaned griz­zly bears, rap­tors and hum­ming­birds. Sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude zi­plin­ing, guided eco-walks, lum­ber­jack shows, tan­dem paraglid­ing, he­li­copter tours, chair­lift rides and hik­ing. Hik­ing trails for all lev­els, in­clud­ing the Grouse Grind, a chal­leng­ing 2.9-km (1.8-mi) hike up the moun­tain’s face. Skyride de­parts ev­ery 15 min­utes (year-round). Free shut­tle from Canada Place (to Sep). Top of Capi­lano Rd., North Van­cou­ver. 604-980-9311. www.grouse­mount Map 4: A4

WHISTLER BLACK­COMB Ride up Whistler moun­tain from the mid­dle of the Bavar­ian-style vil­lage full of shops, restau­rants, ac­com­mo­da­tion and plenty of in­door/out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. In sum­mer, ex­plore the hik­ing trails on both moun­tains, the bike park on Whistler Moun­tain or the Fam­ily Ad­ven­ture Zone at the base of Black­comb Moun­tain. Hop aboard the Peak 2 Peak gon­dola, with 28-per­son cab­ins trav­el­ling a 4.4-km (2.7-mi), 11-minute ride on a sus­pended ca­ble be­tween the peaks of Whistler and Black­comb moun­tains (to Sep 21). Lo­cated 115 km north of Van­cou­ver on Hwy 99. Whistler Guest Ser­vices and In­for­ma­tion toll-free 1-800-766-0449. www. whistlerblack­ Map 2: A8

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