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vancouver-how to get to Grouse Mtn and Lighthouse Park

Old Aug 7th, 2002, 08:10 PM
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vancouver-how to get to Grouse Mtn and Lighthouse Park

We will have no car and are staying at the Westin Bayshore.
What is the most efficient way to get to these two sites?
How long would a bus take (is it direct)?
And how much/how long would a taxi take?
Is it worth it to rent a car for a day for this? Can these two be done in one day--we were thinking of doing them on separate days.
Old Aug 7th, 2002, 09:07 PM
Gayle Rubinstein
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I was in Vancouver earlier this summer. I am not familiar with Lighthouse park, but getting to Grouse Mountain would depend on the traffic in the city, probably about 40 minutes or so. It's not that far, but you have to get out of the city first. I think that there are probably tour buses which will stop by the Westin that will take you out there.
Old Aug 7th, 2002, 09:34 PM
Tommy Transit
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The same transit system link you were given earlier takes you to both Grouse Mountain and along Marine Drive (#250) to the entrance to Lighthouse Park.

Be aware that Lighthouse Park is often closed if there's at all a fire hazard-best to phone the West Vancouver municipality office first.
Old Aug 11th, 2002, 04:18 AM
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There are two different public bus systems in Vancouver - West Vancouver's (where Lighthouse Park is) and everyone else. There is a public non-West Vancouver bus that will take you up to Grouse Mountain (in North Vancouver) and you should be able to pick it up fairly close to your hotel. The trip will take 20-30 minutes. It's also worth stopping (on the way up or down) to visit the fish hatchery and Capilano Suspension Bridge. From the Grouse Mountain route, you should be able to pick up a different bus that will drop you off at Park Royal (a shopping centre in West Vancouver, near North Vancouver), where you can transfer to a West Vancouver bus that will take you to Lighthouse Park.
Old Aug 11th, 2002, 04:23 AM
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Oops. Should have mentioned that North Vancouver and West Vancouver are adjacent to each other on the North Shore (across the inlet from Vancouver proper, where you will be staying). Grouse Mountain, the Capilano Suspension bridge, etc are practically on the border between North and West Vancouver, and pretty much directly across the inlet from the Westin Bayshore and the Lion's Gate Bridge (the bridge you'll cross to get to the North Shore). Lighthouse Park, however, is on the Western edge of West Vancouver. It certainly would be possible to visit both of these places in a day, and if you rented a car, you might want to add Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, and the University of British Columbia's endowment lands (with a fascinating anthropological museum) to the tour.
Old Aug 11th, 2002, 04:58 AM
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After much investigation for our 2003 trip to Vancouver we have found that Gray Line offers a Double Decker Attractions Loop Tour and Double Decker Connector Tour. As per their web site: With 22 stops around Vancouver, the Double Decker Attractions Loop Tour conveniently allows you to spend as much time as you like at all of Vancouver's most popular attractions. Extend your double Decker Attractions Loop Tour to include Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. The Connector is complimentary to guests riding on the Double Decker Attraction Loop Tour or may be purchased on its own. This really seems to us that it will be a great way to get around at your own pace to see the most important sites. Hope this is of help. Do check out the Gray Line web site for additional tours too.
Happy traveling.
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